A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Paignton or anywhere in the country, our solicitors are able to take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Personal injury claims should be made within 3 years of the injury in the majority of cases.

In most cases, a successful compensation claim will involve three issues. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities that:

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

A no-obligation phone consultation with a specialist solicitor can give answers and advice.

What is my claim worth?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Paignton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for self employed or employed people, from construction workers to packaging technologists, to claim compensation from their employer. Work accident statistics for the Paignton local authority collated under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in Torbay Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related633
Explosion related (e.g. dust)110
Fire related (e.g. burns)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)804
Fall from height (ladder)16915
Lifting and carrying582730
Physical assault866
Slip, trip or fall613939
Struck against966
Struck by moving vehicle052
Hit by object1997
Crushed by something collapsing100

Further information: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Paignton

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Paignton are common with statistics showing a total of 364 accidents (311 slight accidents, 51 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Torbay local authority. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 363. Incidents in the Paignton region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A3022 and B3060 junction and on the B3201 and A379 roundabout.

Our network of proficient no win, no fee lawyers have years of experience in getting optimum damages for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Paignton.

Further information: Road accident compensation claim

Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Government statistics highlight the fact that slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Devon and the UK as a whole in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are typically the precursor to accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by a reversing vehicle or a toxic substance accident. Public liability cases for injuries like broken ankles happening on slippery pavements are also quite common with recent street trips having happened on Paignton Rd and on Marldon Rd.

Serious injury solicitors acting in Paignton

The lasting effect serious and catastrophic injury has will be acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when determining what a claim is worth.

Damages should lessen the financial burden on an injured claimant and their family so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist solicitor firms correspond with medical experts and insurance companies, helping to ensure families impacted by serious accidents and injuries get medical and financial support.

Further information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that range from asbestos related illness to silicosis.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical negligence in Paignton

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a person is injured due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of injury compensation. For example, to make a formal complaint against Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon.

Further information: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Paignton 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 Paignton and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

The national network of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Paignton, from less severe claims to serious road injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their level of experience and their track record in winning cases.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in Paignton?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of specialist solicitors that assists people injured in Paignton, Devon and across the country, get compensation.

In 2017, we have assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Devon get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to industrial disease.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Advice for potential claimants looking for a personal injury solicitor

In many cases a personal injury claim can take several months to complete. For cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is vital.

Will I need to select a local Paignton injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitors office is less critical as injury cases are run remotely.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice with national medical coverage as claimants will need to attend a medical examination.

See : Will I have to attend a medical?

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. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. 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 fractured femur, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?7,370 to ?11,385 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Look into Paignton solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can differ considerably.

Reviews can certainly be enlightening if you are considering which lawyer to go with.

Read more Personal injury lawyer reviews

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.

Read more
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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