A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Penarth or anywhere else in the UK, we can assist with your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

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

For the majority of injury claims, there are three elements to making a successful claim. It must be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

The solicitor will discuss these issues and will explain how they apply to your claim.

Find out how much you can claim

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Penarth

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Penarth are not uncommon. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 867 accidents (803 slight accidents, 63 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cardiff local authority area. In 2014 the total had decreased to 851. Accidents in the Penarth region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A4055 and A4160 junction and on the single carriageway of the A4055 and B4267 other junction.

Our panel of certified road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers have years of experience in fighting for the best damages for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Penarth.

Read more: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Penarth

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claimants, from metal workers to photographers, to get the compensation they deserve. Work accident figures for the Cardiff local authority collated in accordance with reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Work accidents in Cardiff Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury322
Machinery related injury23118
Exposed to explosion010
Exposed to fire411
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)2263
Fall from height513843
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)041
Lifting and handling injuries215128136
Physical assault724333
Slip, trip, fall same level237172148
Struck against221323
Struck by moving vehicle7612
Struck by object764849
Crushed by something collapsing214

Read more: Work accident claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical negligence in Penarth

When a patient is injured as the result of a doctor or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of claiming compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can write to Cardigan House, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.

Read more: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Lawyers can assist with getting compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from NIHL to siderosis.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury solicitors in Penarth

The long-term effect serious and catastrophic injury has is understood by solicitors and insurers when calculating compensation. A successful claim will ease the financial burden and reduce stress so an injured person and their family so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of expert law firms engage with the Courts, insurance providers and doctors ensuring families affected by serious accidents and injuries receive the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and illnesses which are held to be catastrophic or serious include serious psychiatric harm, multiple fractures and radiation exposure.

Read more: Serious injury claims

Slips and trips

Health and Safety statistics underline the fact that slips and trips are the most prevalent accident at work in Vale Of Glamorgan and the UK. Slips and trips are quite often the precursor to accidents recorded in another category like being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a fall from a height or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as fractured wrists happening on potholes are also common with street trips having happened in the area.

Penarth 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 Penarth and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Penarth and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their knowledge and 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 Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Penarth?

Quittance is a national network of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Vale of Glamorgan seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents on building sites to car accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, mean that claiming compensation is as stress-free as possible.


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.

Guidance for potential claimants searching for a solicitor

Choosing the most appropriate personal injury lawyer to represent you is a crucial step towards getting the best compensation award.

What is the best way to ensure you instruct the best company for your case?

Solicitor reviews in Penarth - Tips for comparing firms

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from strictly professional to sympathetic. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

Are Penarth claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a lawyer 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.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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 wrist injuries causing permanent pain and stiffness, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?10,175 to ?19,800 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?".

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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