A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Melbourn or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can will handle your claim and we will always set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Injury claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

The lawyer can take you through each of these key issues and should explain how they apply to your claim.

What is my claim worth?

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Melbourn

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from gardeners to medical representatives, to claim injury compensation. Injury and illness statistics for the South Cambridgeshire local authority collated under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the HSE excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in South Cambridgeshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related injury547
Fire related (e.g. burns)010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)642
Fall from height161913
Injured by an animal311
Lifting and carrying584534
Physical assault131619
Slip, trip, fall same level544441
Struck against944
Struck by moving vehicle613
Struck by object201216
Crushed by something collapsing100

See: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Melbourn

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of skilled no win, no fee litigators have decades of experience in fighting for optimum compensation for claimants injured in a car accident in Melbourn.

Accidents involving vehicles in Melbourn are not uncommon with a total of 1969 accidents (1664 slight accidents, 277 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cambridgeshire local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,049.

See: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming compensation for industrial illness ranging from workplace cancer to chromium related illnesses.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Saftey Executive data show that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Cambridgeshire workplace in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the initiators of injuries recorded in another category for instance being hit by a moving object or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place litigation for injuries like broken wrists happening on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent slips and trips having happened on Meldreth Road and on High St.

Serious injury experts in Melbourn

The impact serious injury can have is recognised by insurers and the Courts when working out compensation.

A claim should lessen the financial load on an injured claimant and their dependants so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Our panel of lawyers have helped families claim damages for many catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injury and illness categorised as serious and catastrophic include degloving injuries, serious pharmaceutical error and lead poisoning.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Clinical negligence in Melbourn

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for closure as opposed to financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. To make a formal complaint against East Of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, for example, you can write to Trust Headquarters, Whiting Way, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Melbourn 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 Melbourn and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Melbourn, from fast track whiplash cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Selected on the basis of their winning track record, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Melbourn?

We are a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire and across the country, get compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Cambridgeshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from building site accidents to whiplash.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How to find the right personal injury lawyer

Compensation for a claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be settled. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues that matter to claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is vital.

The disparity in personal injury insurance premiums and success fees between different firms often surprises claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of ?27,086 for complicated leg fractures could conceivably vary from ?16,252 to ?23,023.

See Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Melbourn?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a lawyer near you.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

What should be considered when comparing Melbourn solicitor reviews?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to strictly professional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

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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