A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you are based in Melksham or anywhere else in the UK, our injury lawyers will manage your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 17, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Key criteria

Claims should, in most cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that matters.

To win a personal injury case, it must be shown that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

The solicitor will discuss each of these key issues and will explain how they apply to your claim.

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Compensation Calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our online compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Road traffic accident claims in Melksham

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors have decades of experience in achieving the highest damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Melksham.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Melksham are common. Gov.uk statistics show 17 fatal accidents, 174 serious accidents and 1283 slight accidents in 2013 in Wiltshire (Total events were 1474 local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,607. Incidents in the Melksham area in 2013 included crashes on the A365 and A350 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A3102 and A350 roundabout.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Melksham

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted Claimants injured at work, from metal workers to mechanical engineers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work injury information in the Melksham local authority collated in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in Wiltshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Other989174
Electricity related452
Machinery related293015
Explosion related (e.g. gas)020
Exposed to fire205
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1384
Fall from height (scaffolding)624863
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)232122
Lifting and handling injuries222140141
Physical assault301624
Slip or trip207173144
Struck against262218
Struck by moving vehicle11714
Struck by object744160
Trapped underneath something213

Read more: Accident at work claim

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Other injury claims

Melksham solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

Courts understand that a serious injury has a life-altering impact on a Claimant and their family. Quittance work hard for compensation for serious injury and illness, which includes reimbursement for private medical treatment and case costs. Our panel of expert solicitors have helped families receive damages for numerous major injuries and conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as catastrophic or serious include degloving injuries, major surgical negligence and lung cancer.

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Industrial disease

Lawyers can help Claimants with getting compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from radiation exposure to asthma caused by colophony.

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Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported statistics reveal that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Wiltshire in 2015. These types of accident are sometimes the precursor to accidents attributed to other causes such as being struck by moving machinery or an electrocution accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries like broken wrists sustained on raised kerb stones are also common with slips having happened on Dowding Way and on Church Street.

Clinical and medical negligence in Melksham

When someone is injured due to the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You could make a formal complaint if you are just looking for a better understanding of events as opposed to starting an injury claim. For example, to make a complaint against Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire.

Read more: Medical negligence claim

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Melksham 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 Melksham and across the UK.

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

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Meet the team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Melksham, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their winning track record and their knowledge and expertise.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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Have Quittance solicitors handled many Melksham claims?

We are a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that assists people in Melksham, Wiltshire and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Wiltshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and workplace accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean that making an injury claim is as stress-free as possible.

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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.

How to pick the right solicitor for your compensation claim

Instructing the best lawyer for your case is an important step towards negotiating the highest settlement or award for your injuries.

With over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Melksham (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority) - what is the best way to ensure you instruct the most appropriate one for your case?

Do you need to choose a local Melksham solicitor ?

The location of the solicitor is not very critical as injury cases now tend to be conducted by phone and email.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors practice that offers medical facilities near Melksham as you will usually be expected to attend a medical examination.

Read more : Do you have a local medical centre?

Comparing Melksham personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

The difference in the level of fees between different lawyers is considerable.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a Claimant accepting a settlement of ?9,404 for a fractured femur might vary from ?5,642 to ?7,993.

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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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