A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Okehampton or anywhere else in the UK, our lawyers are able to handle your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, we can assist you with a claim.

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Eligibility to claim

Claims for personal injury compensation should usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

For most claims, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It must be shown that:

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

Making your claim as soon as possible will allow the solicitor to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

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Find out how much you can claim

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our online claim calculator provides an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Okehampton

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Okehampton are quite common. Official statistics reveal a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,427.

Our panel of expert road traffic accident litigators have a wealth of experience in obtaining the highest compensation for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Okehampton.

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Work accident claims in Okehampton

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for injured claimants, from factory workers to paediatric nurses, to claim compensation. Accident at work figures in the West Devon local authority reported in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in West Devon Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported1467
Machinery related201
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)201
Fall from height677
Injured by an animal121
Lifting and handling injuries16915
Physical attack5610
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)181114
Struck against012
Struck by moving vehicle310
Struck by object776

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Other claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive figures highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by far the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Devon and the UK as a whole in 2015. These types of accident are often related to accidents filed under a different category e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability claims for injuries like broken ankles occurring on slippery pavements are also quite common with recent pothole trips having occurred on Station Road and on Market St.

Medical and clinical negligence in Okehampton

Medical negligence is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to starting an injury claim. To raise a complaint against Devon Partnership NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses that range from asbestos related disease to silicosis.

Read more about Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury experts serving Okehampton

The long-term impact of a serious injury will be acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when working out injury compensation.

By limiting the stress a serious injury puts on a claimant and their family, injury compensation helps them to prioritise their rehabilitation. Our panel of lawyers work with the legal system, medical professionals and insurance companies, helping to ensure people impacted by severe accidents receive legal and medical support. Injuries and illnesses held to be catastrophic or serious include major surgical negligence and multiple fractures.

Read more about Catastrophic injury compensation claims

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Okehampton No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Okehampton and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet our team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Okehampton, from less severe claims to catastrophic injury. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their winning track record and their professionalism.

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
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What is Quittance's track record of winning claims in Okehampton?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists people in Okehampton, Devon and throughout the country, get compensation.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people in Devon seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from whiplash to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, make our claims process as easy 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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Help for injured people looking for a lawyer

Usually a compensation claim can take months to agree a settlement. In severe injuries, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer to fit your requirements is vital.

Reviews for injury lawyers in Okehampton

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to formal and traditional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

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 network of medical professionals.

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. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For a very severe ankle injury, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?40,480 to ?56,320 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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?".

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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