A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you are based in Newquay or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced solicitors will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

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

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

In the majority of cases, proving an injury claim involves three components. It needs to be shown that:

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

Injury claims calculator

The personal injury compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Newquay

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from catering assistants to music therapists, to claim work accident compensation. Work injury figures in the Newquay local authority reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in Cornwall Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury352025
Exposed to fire532
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)18106
Fall from height655981
Animal related1383
Physical assault202519
Slip or trip247215192
Struck against311717
Struck by moving vehicle11911
Struck by object866175
Crushed by something collapsing335

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Road traffic accident claims in Newquay

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of knowledgeable personal injury solicitors have years of experience in negotiating the highest damages for people injured in a road accident in Newquay.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Newquay are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,907. Accidents in the Newquay area in 2013 included crashes on the A392 and A3058 roundabout and on the A3058 and B3276 roundabout.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical and clinical negligence in Newquay

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial damages. To make a formal complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall.

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Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from dermatitis claims to cancer caused by diesel exhaust fumes.

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Slip and trip accidents

Officially recorded statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips are the single most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Cornwall workplace in 2015. They are sometimes the cause of accidents recorded in a different category like being struck by machinery, a lifting injury or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like cheekbone fractures suffered on potholes are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having occurred on Henver Rd.

Newquay specialists for serious injury compensation claims

Quittance understand the critical change an injury claim makes to the lives of seriously injured claimants. By relieving the pressure a major injury puts on an injured claimant and their family, a claim helps people to concentrate on recovery. Our panel of specialist law firms engage with medical experts and the Courts ensuring claimants impacted by serious accidents get the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and illnesses considered by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include brain injuries and hydrocarbon poisoning.

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Newquay 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 Newquay and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Newquay, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their winning track record and their level of 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

What is your track record of winning claims in Newquay?

Quittance is a national panel of award winning solicitors that assists injured people in Newquay, Cornwall and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Cornwall get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from part-time worker injuries to car accidents.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.


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.

What to check when finding the right personal injury solicitor

Instructing the most appropriate personal injury solicitor to represent you is a key step towards claiming the best settlement or award.

How can you ensure you choose the best solicitors' practice to take on your case?

Does the location of the lawyer matter?

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

In most cases, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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

The disparity in the level of success fees and insurance premiums between lawyers is huge.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a claimant who was awarded ?4,373 for a severe thumb dislocation can range from ?2,624 to ?3,717.

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Read Newquay solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by solicitors can vary to a large extent.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be enlightening if you are trying to decide which solicitor to work with.

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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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