A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Ottery St Mary or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced lawyers will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

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

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

A claim must usually be made within three years.

For the majority of injury claims, proving a claim has three key elements. It must be shown that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Getting your claim started sooner will allow your lawyer to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

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Compensation calculator

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Ottery St Mary

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of proficient solicitors are experienced in fighting for the highest compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a car accident in Ottery St Mary.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Ottery St Mary are quite common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,427.

Find out more: No win, no fee road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Ottery St Mary

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from kitchen workers to office managers, to claim work accident compensation. Accident at work figures in the East Devon local authority reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in East Devon Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related593
Fire related (e.g. burns)011
Harmful substance related123
Fall from height191813
Animal related413
Slip, trip or fall382926
Struck against1074
Hit by vehicle312
Hit by object171413
Trapped by something collapsing011

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Other claims we handle

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics underline the fact that slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in Devon. Slips and trips are typically the cause of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being struck by moving machinery or an exposure to fire accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like broken shoulders suffered on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with pothole trips having happened on West Hill Road and on Mill St.

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from dermatitis claims to rubber industry health and safety lapses.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claims

Serious injury lawyers in Ottery St Mary

The impact of serious and catastrophic injury is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when determining a claim. Our panel of solicitors work to achieve the maximum compensation for major injuries, which includes damages for medical expenses and care costs. Quittance's panel of solicitors engage with doctors and health professionals and insurance providers ensuring claimants impacted by serious accidents and injuries receive the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and medical conditions considered to be serious range from poisoning to serious pharmaceutical error.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical negligence in Ottery St Mary

Medical negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP or other medical professional. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want closure as opposed to injury compensation. For example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to make a complaint against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation claim

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Ottery St Mary 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 Ottery St Mary and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Ottery St Mary and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

To meet more of our 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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How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in Ottery St Mary?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of specialist solicitors that helps injured people in Ottery St Mary, Devon and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of people throughout Devon get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents on building sites and car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

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Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Choosing the most appropriate solicitor to represent you is a crucial step towards successfully claiming the most compensation for your injuries.

With approximately 100 offices within a 25 radius of Ottery St Mary (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority database) - how do you make sure you select the ideal solicitors' practice to represent you?

Will I need to go with a local Ottery St Mary lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is less relevant as injury cases are usually run by phone, post and email.

However, you should go with a solicitors' firm that has medical facilities near Ottery St Mary as you will be expected to attend a medical examination.

Read more - Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

The disparity in the amount of insurance premiums and success fees between different solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements can have a significant impact on your compensation.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of ?12,240 for scarring could vary from ?7,344 to ?10,404.

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Comparing Ottery St Mary personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the quality of service offered by different firms.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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