A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Plymouth or anywhere in the country, Quittance can will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Can I make a injury claim?

Updated: September 17, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, Quittance can help you make a claim for compensation.

Key criteria

Claims should, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window.

In order to win a Plymouth personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

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

Answers to your legal questions and invaluable guidance can be provided by a brief, no-obligation consultation with an expert Plymouth lawyer.

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What is my claim worth?

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Plymouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of expert no win, no fee legal advisors have years of experience in fighting for the best awards for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Plymouth.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Plymouth are relatively frequent with statistics showing a total of 830 accidents (766 slight accidents, 63 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Plymouth council area. By 2014 the total had decreased to 792. Accidents in the Plymouth area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A374 and B3250 crossroads and on the slip road of the A386 and B3396 crossroads.

For more information: Road traffic accident claims

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Work accident claims in Plymouth

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from members of the Royal Navy to picture researchers, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident at work statistics for the Plymouth local authority are listed under RIDDOR by the HSE in the following table:

Work accidents in Plymouth Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined516348
Electric shock injury200
Machinery related injury141210
Exposed to fire101
Exposure to harmful substance832
Fall from height312631
Animal related310
Manual handling17175102
Physical assault26812
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)158133135
Struck against281716
Hit by vehicle102
Hit by object564040
Trapped by something collapsing004

For more information: Work accident compensation

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Other claims

Serious injury solicitors handling cases in Plymouth

We understand the change an injury claim will make to people impacted by serious and catastrophic injury. We work to get maximum compensation for severe injury and illness. This includes claiming for private medical treatment and case costs. Our panel of specialist serious injury solicitors work with the Defendant's representatives, insurance providers and medical professionals, helping to ensure Claimants impacted by serious accidents and injuries receive medical and financial support.

For more information: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Officially reported figures show that employee slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Devon. Slips, trips and falls are typically forerunner to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being hit by machinery or an electrical discharge accident. Public place (Plymouth local authority) negligence claims injuries such as cheekbone fractures sustained on obstructed walkways are also common with recent street trips having happened on New George Street and on St Andrews Cross.

Clinical and medical negligence in Plymouth

When a person suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened rather than starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, Devon, to raise a complaint against University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with getting compensation for industrial injuries ranging from noise induced hearing loss to organophosphate exposure.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

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Plymouth No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Plymouth and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Plymouth, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims and their specialist knowledge.

Click here to meet more of the team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What is your track record of winning claims in Plymouth?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Plymouth, Devon and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Devon seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and industrial disease.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your illness or injury?

Identifying the best solicitor to assist you is an important step towards successfully claiming the best compensation award for your accident.

With some over 75 offices within 25 miles of Plymouth - how can you ensure you choose the most appropriate solicitors' practice for your specific circumstances?

The diversity in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums between solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is quite surprising.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person having been awarded ?15,679 for displaced metatarsal fractures could conceivably vary from ?9,407 to ?13,327.

Further reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Plymouth personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary to a large extent.

Researching reviews can certainly be enlightening when thinking about which solicitor to act for you.

Read Personal injury lawyer reviews

Do you need to go with a local injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby lawyers office is not critical as injury cases can be run by phone and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a law firm with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as Claimants will usually have to attend a medical exam.

See - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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