A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Luton or anywhere in the UK, our personal injury solicitors are able to manage your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Injury A claim must usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In the majority of cases, making a successful claim has three key components. It needs to be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Beginning your claim as soon as possible will enable statements from witnesses to be gathered by the solicitor.

Calculate my compensation

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Luton

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from building site contractors to local government lawyers, to claim compensation. Accident statistics for the Luton local authority are listed under RIDDOR legislation by the Government and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Luton Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury021
Machinery related injury539
Fire related (e.g. scars)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)700
Fall from height35618
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)410
Lifting and carrying1125233
Slip, trip, fall same level907946
Struck against995
Struck by moving vehicle860
Hit by falling object362119
Trapped by something collapsing100

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Road traffic accident claims in Luton

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of expert road traffic accident (RTA) injury solicitors have vast experience in fighting for maximum general and special damages for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Luton.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Luton are relatively frequent. Official statistics reveal a total of 469 accidents (419 slight accidents, 49 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Luton local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 615. Incidents in Luton in 2013 included traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A505 and A6 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A6 and A5228 roundabout.

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Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Luton

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong rather than injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can write to Lewsey Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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Serious injury experts handling claims in Luton

Quittance recognise the vital difference a compensation claim will make to seriously injured claimants. Our panel of specialist solicitors fight to get maximum compensation for major injuries, including claiming for medical treatment and care costs.

Quittance's network of solicitor firms have aided people receive damages for many severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness referred to as serious and catastrophic range from chemical burns to amputation.

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Slips, trips and falls

Reported data show that employee slips and trips continue to be the most common accident at work in Bedfordshire. These types of accident are often lead to injuries categorised as another type of accident for instance being hit by machinery or a fire related accident. Public place (Luton local authority) cases for injuries like broken wrists suffered on poorly maintained paths are also quite prevalent with recent street falls having occurred on Culverhouse Rd and on Birdsfoot Lane.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for industrial injuries that range from radiation exposure to asthma caused by colophony.

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Luton No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Luton and throughout the UK.

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Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Luton, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

Have you won many injury claims in Luton?

Quittance is a nationwide network of expert solicitors that helps people injured in Luton, Bedfordshire and throughout the country, obtain compensation.

Last year, we helped hundreds of claimants across Bedfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from motorbike accidents to accidents at work.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Advice for those seeking a solicitor

It can take months for most claims to reach a settlement. Injury claims for very serious injury or illness can take longer. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

Do I need a local injury lawyer ?

The location of the law firm is not particularly relevant as injury cases are managed remotely.

You will need to go with a solicitors practice with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will usually need to go to a medical examination.

More : Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Luton - What to look for

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

The difference in personal injury fees between solicitors working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is vast

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of ?40,038 for serious arm injuries could conceivably vary from ?24,023 to ?34,032.

Further reading : Compare solicitors

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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