A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Lydney or anywhere in the UK, our expert lawyers will take on your claim and we will set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim.

Key criteria

Claims must, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as industrial deafness 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 of knowledge, or diagnosis that is considered.

To win a Lydney personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the Defendant
  • That duty was breached by the Defendant
  • The Defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

A no-obligation phone consultation with an Lydney injury lawyer can provide answers to your questions and useful guidance.

Calculate your compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of points. Our online compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could win.

Road traffic accident claims in Lydney

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of best of breed no win, no fee litigators have a wealth of experience in fighting for optimum awards for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Lydney.

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Lydney are common. Official statistics reveal 9 fatal accidents, 51 serious accidents and 587 slight accidents in 2013 in South Gloucestershire (Total events were 647 local authority. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 555.

Read more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Lydney

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants injured at work, from metal workers to market research executives, to seek financial compensation. Work accident statistics for the South Gloucestershire local authority are published under legislation by the Health and Safety Executive:

Work accidents in South Gloucestershire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known314040
Electric shock injury020
Contact with machinery11410
Fire related (e.g. scars)031
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)662
Fall from height262028
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)731
Lifting and carrying1378075
Physical assault151910
Slip or trip12110380
Struck against261812
Struck by moving vehicle1375
Struck by object463844
Trapped under falling object133

Read more: Accident at work claims

Other claims we handle

Serious injury

Quittance recognise the difference a successful claim can make to severely injured Claimants. By limiting the financial pressure serious injury puts on an injured Claimant and their dependants, an injury claim helps them to concentrate on their recovery. Quittance's network of solicitor firms work with the legal system and medical experts to make sure Claimants impacted by major accidents receive legal and medical support. Injuries and medical conditions held by the Courts to be serious range from serious pharmaceutical error to benzene poisoning.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Slips and trips

Health and Safety data demonstrate that slips, trips and falls continue to be the most frequent accident at work in Gloucestershire and the UK. Slips and trips are often the initiators of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by an object falling from a vehicle or a drowning accident. Public place (South Gloucestershire local authority) litigation for injuries such as fractured wrists occurring on raised flagstones are also common with street trips having happened on Salter St and on Bay Lane Villas.

Medical and clinical negligence in Lydney

When a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you only want a better understanding of events rather than financial damages. For example, to raise a complaint against 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Rikenel, Montpellier, Gloucester, Gloucestershire.

Read more: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with securing compensation for industrial illness ranging from allergic contact dermatitis to hydrocarbon poisoning.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Lydney No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Lydney and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Lydney and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their professionalism.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Lydney?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Lydney, Gloucestershire and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants throughout Gloucestershire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including industrial disease and motorbike accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

What points to think about when picking the right personal injury lawyer

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be agreed. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a Claimant's compensation for severe leg injuries, for example, ranges from ?77,825 to ?110,000 (based on 2015 market data).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Solicitor reviews in Lydney - What to consider

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

You do not need to choose a lawyer near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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