A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you live in Oakham or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date of the injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what is important in such cases.

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

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Making your claim as soon as possible should enable the solicitor to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

Compensation calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our online compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Oakham

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted contractors, self employed or employed people, from gardeners to meteorologists, to claim work accident compensation. Work injury statistics for the Harborough local authority are listed under legislation by the Government:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Harborough Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury566
Explosion related001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)301
Fall from height (ladder)23109
Animal related (e.g. livestock)220
Lifting and carrying625743
Physical attack260
Slip, trip, fall same level446045
Struck against1678
Hit by vehicle1184
Struck by object242635
Trapped by something collapsing020

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Road traffic accident claims in Oakham

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of accredited no win no fee injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in getting the best compensation for claimants injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Oakham.

Accidents involving vehicles in Oakham are relatively commonplace. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1889 accidents (1703 slight accidents, 162 serious accidents and 24 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Leicestershire council area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,915.

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Other types of claim

Oakham serious injury claims

The impact of serious and catastrophic injury is understood by the Courts when they are determining what a claim is worth.

By limiting the stress catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured claimant and their dependants, a compensation claim allows people to focus on their recovery. Quittance's panel of solicitor firms have for many years helped people affected by serious accidents. Injuries which are held to be serious include deep vein thrombosis and concussion.

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Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially reported data underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Rutland. These types of accident are sometimes the forerunner to accidents filed under a different category like being struck by moving machinery or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Harborough local authority) legal claims for injuries such as broken shoulders occurring on raised flagstones are also quite common with recent slips having occurred in the local area.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from mesothelioma to organophosphate exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Medical negligence in Oakham

When someone sustains an injury or illness due to a GP or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact HQ Bridge Park Plaza, Bridge Park Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, Leicestershire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

Oakham 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 Oakham and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Oakham, from relatively minor claims to catastrophic injury. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience handling injury claims.

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

Have Quittance solicitors handled many Oakham claims?

We are a UK-wide panel of expert solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Oakham, Rutland and throughout the country, obtain compensation.

Last year, we helped 100's of claimants throughout Rutland seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including part-time worker injuries and motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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 do you select the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

In many cases a claim for compensation will take some months to reach a conclusion and for severe injuries, some claims can take over a year. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is vital.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for severe, disabling elbow injuries, for example, ranges from ?31,625 to ?44,330 (based on 2015 market data).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Solicitor reviews in Oakham - Tips for comparing firms

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service offered by different firms.

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Oakham?

The majority of large firms operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

In general, 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 medical network.

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

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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