A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in North Somerset or anywhere in the country, our lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

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

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Key criteria

Claims for personal injury compensation should, in most cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

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

In all cases, a short, free consultation with a North Somerset-specialist lawyer can give information and useful advice.

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Calculate your compensation

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in North Somerset

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from construction workers to museum education officers, to secure financial compensation awards. Accident at work figures in the North Somerset local authority are compiled under RIDDOR by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in North Somerset Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known313625
Electricity related100
Machinery related1057
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)001
Fire related101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)1222
Fall from height (scaffolding)221614
Injured by an animal031
Physical assault18138
Slip, trip or fall918357
Struck against9710
Struck by moving vehicle582
Struck by object202027
Trapped under falling object110

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Road traffic accident claims in North Somerset

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of trained no win, no fee legal advisors have vast experience in securing maximum damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle crash in North Somerset.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in North Somerset are not uncommon. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 559 accidents (492 slight accidents, 63 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in North Somerset local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 509.

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Other injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in North Somerset

Medical negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you only want answers rather than claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to make a complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

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North Somerset experts for serious injury compensation

The lasting impact serious injury can have is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when they are calculating what a claim is worth.

Quittance's team fight to get compensation for severe injuries, including claiming for physiotherapy and treatment. Quittance's network of specialist law firms engage with insurance providers and doctors to ensure claimants impacted by severe accidents receive the legal and medical support they need.

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Slips and trips

Reported figures demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common cause of injury at work in South West England. They are often lead to injuries recorded in a different category e.g. being hit by a runaway vehicle or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place legal claims for injuries such as broken wrists occurring on obstructed pathways are also quite common with trips having occurred on West Town Rd and on Crown Glass Place.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with securing compensation for industrial illness including anything from bladder cancer to hydrocarbon poisoning.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

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North Somerset 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 North Somerset and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in North Somerset and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their level of specialist experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in North Somerset?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in North Somerset, Somerset and across the country, recover injury compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in Somerset seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from workplace accidents to car accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean making a claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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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 choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your circumstances?

It can take several months for most minor injury claims to conclude. Matters involving serious injury or disputed liability can take much longer. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues of interest to claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

Check North Somerset personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Online reviews can be revealing if you are mulling over which solicitor to instruct.

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Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

Many solicitors operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

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.

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.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for severe knee injuries could vary between ?56,375 and ?77,770 (based on 2015 market research).

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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