A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Minehead or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced injury solicitors will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 11, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

A claim must usually be made within three years.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a work-related illness in Minehead or road accident, making a successful claim has three key elements. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities 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

A free phone call with an injury lawyer can provide information and invaluable guidance.

Find out how much you can claim

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our online injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

Road traffic accident claims in Minehead

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Minehead are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1608 accidents (1390 slight accidents, 190 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Somerset local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,623.

Quittance's group of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) solicitors have years of experience in getting maximum damages for Claimants who have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Minehead.

See: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Minehead

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted Claimants, from electricians to manufacturing engineers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Work accident figures for the Minehead local authority reported under regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Work accidents in West Somerset Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Undefined1118
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related401
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)200
Fall from height (scaffolding)853
Injured by an animal211
Lifting and carrying1454
Physical assault220
Slip, trip, fall same level211119
Struck against400
Struck by moving vehicle013
Struck by object333

See: Work accident compensation claims

Other claims

Clinical negligence in Minehead

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone suffers injury or illness due to a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are just looking for closure instead of a compensation award. For example, to raise a complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

See: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury solicitors in Minehead

We recognise the critical difference an injury claim will make to people whose lives have been impacted by severe injury. By reducing the financial pressure severe injury places on a Claimant and their dependants, a successful claim enables individuals to focus on their rehabilitation. Our panel of specialist solicitors have aided people impacted by serious accidents and injuries. Injury and illness held to be serious range from spinal cord damage to dioxin poisoning.

See: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with securing compensation for industrial illness ranging from workplace cancer to irritant contact dermatitis.

See: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slip and trip injuries

Recorded data stress the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Somerset and the UK. Slips and trips are frequently lead to injuries recorded in a different category for instance being hit by an object falling from a machine, a lifting injury or a quarry drowning accident. Public place (West Somerset local authority) accident claims injuries such as bruised legs sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with kerb stone trips having happened in the area.

Minehead No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Minehead and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Our national panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Minehead and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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

Has Quittance handled many Minehead claims?

We are a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Minehead, Somerset and throughout the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Somerset get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents on building sites and road accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.

FAQs

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 takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your needs?

Instructing a suitable personal injury lawyer to help you is a critical step towards claiming the best compensation settlement.

How can you make sure you choose the ideal firm to represent you?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Does the location of the law firm matter?

You do not need to select a personal injury solicitor 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.

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

Check Minehead solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Reviews can certainly be helpful when thinking about which lawyer to sign up with.

Read more Personal injury solicitors reviews

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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