A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you live in Oxfordshire or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can are able to assist with your claim and we will set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, we can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Injury claims should usually be made within three years.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

For most claims, there are three components to a successful personal injury claim. It must be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

How much compensation can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our injury calculator provides a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

Road traffic accident claims in Oxfordshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Oxfordshire are relatively common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 1962 accidents (1635 slight accidents, 308 serious accidents and 19 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Oxfordshire local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,201. Accidents in Oxfordshire in 2013 included car crashes on the A44 and A34 roundabout and on the A4260 and A4165 roundabout.

Our panel of specialist solicitors have a wealth of experience in getting the highest general and special damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Oxfordshire.

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Work accident claims in Oxfordshire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from farm workers to paediatric nurses, to claim injury compensation. Work injury figures in the Cherwell local authority made available in accordance with reporting legislation by the Government:

Work accidents in Cherwell Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Other464130
Electric shock injury100
Contact with machinery10189
Fire related101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)425
Fall from height282716
Animal related (e.g. livestock)022
Lifting and handling injuries934648
Physical assault1009
Slip, trip, fall same level826466
Struck against1097
Struck by moving vehicle735
Struck by object432320
Trapped underneath something220

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Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government figures expose the fact that employee slips and trips are, by some degree, the most frequent accident at work in South East England and the UK as a whole in 2015. Slips and trips are quite often connected to accidents filed under a different category for instance being hit by tools in use or an exposure to fire accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like fractured vertebrae occurring on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with recent slips having happened on Woodstock Road and on the Parade.

Industrial disease

Litigators can help with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from asbestos related illness to rubber industry health and safety lapses.

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Serious injury

The Quittance team understand the difference compensation makes to the lives of people who have been impacted by catastrophic and serious injury.

A claim should ease the financial burden on an injured person and their dependants so they can prioritise recovery.

Our panel of solicitor firms have helped families receive compensation for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries referred to as serious and catastrophic include degloving injuries, hydrocarbon poisoning and major surgical negligence.

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Medical and clinical negligence in Oxfordshire

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a GP or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been injured by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want a detailed explanation of what happened as opposed to starting an injury claim, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can contact Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, for example, to raise a complaint against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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Oxfordshire 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 Oxfordshire and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Oxfordshire and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their success rate in winning claims and their years of specialist experience.

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 you have of injury claims in Oxfordshire?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Oxfordshire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

We have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Oxfordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from part-time worker injuries to road accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that making an injury claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.

FAQs

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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

How to choose the right lawyer

In many cases a compensation claim can take several months to complete and for cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is vital.

Check Oxfordshire solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by solicitors vary considerably.

Reading reviews can be instructive if you are trying to decide which lawyer to choose.

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Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

You do not need to instruct a law firm near you.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

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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