A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Oxford or anywhere else in England or Wales, we can will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Compensation claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

In order to win a Oxford personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

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

Your lawyer will discuss these points and will look at how they apply in your case.

Find out how much you can claim

The level of compensation you will be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of your potential compensation award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Oxford

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of knowledgeable road traffic accident solicitors have a wealth of experience in fighting for the highest awards for claimants who have been hurt in a road accident in Oxford.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Oxford are reasonably common with a total of 1962 accidents (1635 slight accidents, 308 serious accidents and 19 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Oxfordshire local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,201. Accidents in the Oxford area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A420 and B480 roundabout and on the roundabout of the B4495 and B4150 mini-roundabout.

Further information: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Oxford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from nurses to naval architects, to claim compensation. Injury and illness figures for the Oxford local authority are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Oxford Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)001
Machinery related448
Fire related (e.g. burns)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)242
Fall from height311440
Injured by an animal420
Manual handling1184975
Slip, trip, fall same level978174
Struck against2072
Struck by moving vehicle5010
Struck by object392325
Crushed by something collapsing032

Further information: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other types of claim

Slip and trip accidents

Officially reported figures highlight the fact that slips and trips are still the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Oxfordshire and the UK as a whole. They are typically related to accidents attributed to other causes for instance being hit by an object falling from a machine or an electrocution accident. Public place (Oxford local authority) negligence claims injuries such as cheekbone fractures occurring on slippery pavements are also quite common with trips having happened on Cornmarket Street and on St Aldates.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial injuries including anything from occupational asthma to siderosis.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claims

Serious injury specialists handling cases in Oxford

We understand the vital change a compensation claim can make to severely injured claimants. We work for compensation for severe injuries. This includes compensation for private medical treatment and case costs. Our network of solicitors have aided claimants collect compensation for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness referred to as catastrophic or serious include birth negligence and degloving injuries.

Further information: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical negligence in Oxford

Clinical negligence describes when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP or other health worker. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for answers instead of a compensation award. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation claim

Oxford 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 Oxford and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Our nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Oxford and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their track record in winning cases and their specialist expertise.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

What experience do your solicitors have of claims in Oxford?

We are a nationwide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Oxford, Oxfordshire and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Oxfordshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and workplace accidents.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, make the claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your circumstances

Instructing the best PI lawyer for your case is an important step towards negotiating the best compensation award.

With over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Oxford (according to the SRA database) - how can you make sure you select the best legal practice to advise you?

What should be considered when comparing reviews for solicitors in Oxford?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Will you need to choose a local Oxford lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby firm is not particularly critical as injury cases are normally conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to select a solicitors' firm with national medical centres as you will need to go to a medical examination.

More details : Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

The disparity in the level of insurance premiums and success fees charged by firms working on No Win No Fee agreements is an important consideration for claimants.

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person awarded ?27,200 for severe shoulder injuries can range from ?16,320 to ?23,120.

See : How much can you claim?

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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