A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Looe or anywhere else in the UK, our expert lawyers can handle your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Personal injury claims must be made within a three-year window in the majority of cases.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is considered.

For most claims, making a successful claim has three key elements. It must be demonstrated that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Starting your claim sooner will enable the lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of factors. Our online claim calculator provides an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Looe

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of professional road traffic accident (RTA) lawyers are experienced in negotiating the highest damages for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Looe.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Looe are common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,907.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Looe

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from warehouse assistants to magazine journalists, to claim injury compensation. Work injury data in the Looe local authority are published under regulations by the Government:

Work accidents in Cornwall Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury352025
Exposed to fire532
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)18106
Fall from height655981
Animal related1383
Physical assault202519
Slip or trip247215192
Struck against311717
Struck by moving vehicle11911
Struck by object866175
Crushed by something collapsing335

Find out more: Accident at work compensation claims

Other types of claim

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from bladder cancer to asthma caused by colophony.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Looe serious injury compensation

The impact a serious or catastrophic injury has is understood by the Courts when calculating how much compensation to pay.

By limiting the financial stress severe injury places on a claimant and their family, a compensation claim helps individuals to focus on their recovery. Our network of expert solicitor firms have helped claimants collect damages for a range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious and catastrophic include bowel cancer, serious psychiatric harm and eye injuries.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slip and trip injuries

Health and Saftey Executive figures show that slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Cornwall workplace in 2015. These types of accident are often the precursor to accidents classified under another heading like being hit by a falling object or an exposure to fire accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like broken toes occurring on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with recent pothole trips having occurred on Fore St and on Barbican Road.

Medical negligence in Looe

When a person sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you just want a better understanding of events as opposed to financial compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To raise a complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Looe No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Looe and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national network of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Looe, from fast track claims to long term illness. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their winning track record and their professionalism.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

How much experience do you have of handling claims in Looe?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of results-focussed solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Looe, Cornwall and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of claimants across Cornwall seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents in the workplace and public place accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

What to check when choosing the right solicitor

Finding a suitable PI solicitor to represent you is a critical step towards negotiating the best settlement or award for your illness or injuries.

With some over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Looe (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority database) - how can you ensure you instruct the most appropriate law firm for your needs?

The disparity in success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different law firms is enormous.

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant who was awarded ?28,020 for chronic asthma might vary from ?16,812 to ?23,817.

Additional reading How to compare personal injury solicitors

Injury lawyer reviews in Looe - What to consider

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to sympathetic. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

In general, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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