Updated: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
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.
Making a 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.
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?".
What claims for compensation does Quittance handle?
Our panel of lawyers help people in Okehampton and throughout Devon whose accidents were diverse and which resulted in serious injury.
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.
Medical and clinical negligence in Okehampton
Medical negligence (which is now correctly called Clinical Negligence) is the term used to describe a failing on the part of a healthcare professional. An example case could be a surgical error compensation claim. Quittance's select panel of injury solicitors covering Devon and Okehampton have helped with legal cases filed against infirmaries and hospitals including Okehampton Hospital, Cavell Way, Okehampton, EX20 1PN.
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.
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)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)||2||0||1|
|Fall from height||6||7||7|
|Injured by an animal||1||2||1|
|Lifting and handling injuries||16||9||15|
|Slip, trip or fall (not from height)||18||11||14|
|Struck by moving vehicle||3||1||0|
|Struck by object||7||7||6|
Personal injury solicitors can help Claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses that range from asbestos related disease to silicosis.
Road traffic accidents (RTA) in Okehampton
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.
How No Win, No Fee personal injury solicitors handle Okehampton compensation claims
Solicitors looking after Okehampton injury claims generally act on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement, or CFA.
This contract prevents the solicitor from billing you for any legal costs if the claim fails.
The No Win, No Fee promise
Quittance warrant that No Win, No Fee means a Claimant do not need to pay the law firm's costs in the event that the claim is lost. Click here to read more about about No Win, No Fee.
What should you do next?
Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.
Find out more about the claims process
Before you choose to instruct your solicitor you should arm yourself with as much information as you think is necessary. answers help you to make the right choice.
Get more information online before picking up the phone. See our frequently asked questions here.
Ready to start?
Call an injury lawyer on 0800 612 7456 to get the injury claim underway. Alternatively, you can start a claim online.
Quittance's team of experts look forward to helping you. You can call 0800 612 7456 or request a free callback today.