A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Penzance or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced lawyers are able to assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as RSI are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that matters.

To win a personal injury case, it must be shown that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Your solicitor will consider how your claim relates to these issues.

Calculate my compensation

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Penzance

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for contractors, self employed or employed people hurt in an accident, from forklift drivers to petroleum engineers, to claim compensation. Injury and illness data in the Cornwall local authority are detailed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Government and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Cornwall Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury352025
Exposed to fire532
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)18106
Fall from height655981
Animal related1383
Physical assault202519
Slip or trip247215192
Struck against311717
Struck by moving vehicle11911
Struck by object866175
Crushed by something collapsing335

See: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Penzance

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Penzance are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall council area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,907. Accidents in the Penzance region in 2013 included car crashes on the A30 and B3311 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A30 and B3315 crossroads.

Quittance's network of accredited personal injury solicitors have vast experience in achieving the highest damages for anyone hurt in a road accident in Penzance.

See: Road accident claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from industrial deafness to rubber industry health and safety lapses.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slips, trips and falls

Government statistics stress the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most frequent cause of injury at work in Cornwall in 2015. Slips and trips are frequently connected to injuries filed under a different category like being hit by a runaway vehicle, being trapped by something collapsing or a river drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries like broken toes suffered on spillages are also quite common with slips having happened on St. Clare Street and on Holly Terrace.

Penzance serious injury compensation

The long-term effect serious and catastrophic injury can have is understood by Courts when calculating how much compensation to pay.

Quittance's panel of expert lawyers work for compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes compensation for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Our panel of solicitors work with Courts, medical professionals and insurance providers, helping to ensure claimants impacted by major accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries held by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include serious psychiatric harm, paralysis and chemical burns.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Penzance

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient suffers injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are only looking for closure rather than injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to make a complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Penzance No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Penzance and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Penzance and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

How much experience do you have of injury claims in Penzance?

We are a UK-wide network of expert solicitors that helps injured people in Penzance, Cornwall and throughout the country, obtain compensation.

We have helped 100's of claimants throughout Cornwall seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from slips and trips at work to car passenger accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and 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. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

What issues to consider when picking the right injury lawyer

It can take months for most claims to reach a conclusion. Injury claims involving serious injury or disputed liability can take years in some circumstances. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to trust at every step of the process to offer legal guidance and practical advice.

Will you need to instruct a local legal firm ?

The location of the solicitors office is not so relevant as cases are managed by phone and email.

It is however necessary to select a solicitors' firm that has medical facilities near you as you will need to go to a medical exam.

More on : What is the process for attending a medical?

The difference in the level of personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is an important consideration for claimants.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?12,379 for chest injuries could conceivably vary from ?7,427 to ?10,522.

Further reading - Get a personal injury quote

Penzance solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by solicitors can differ.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be revealing when deciding which lawyer to select.

Find out more Personal injury solicitor 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.

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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