A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you are based in Plymstock or anywhere else in the UK, our expert lawyers are able to assist with your claim and we will set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

In order to win a Plymstock personal injury case, it must be shown that:

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

Compensation Calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get will depend on a variety of factors. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Plymstock

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of expert injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in obtaining maximum damages for claimants who have been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Plymstock.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Plymstock are not uncommon. Government statistics reveal a total of 830 accidents (766 slight accidents, 63 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Plymouth local authority area. By 2014 the total had decreased to 792.

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Work accident claims in Plymstock

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from scaffolding erectors to pension scheme managers, to claim injury compensation. Injury and illness information for the Plymouth local authority are compiled in accordance with reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Plymouth Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
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

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Other injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Plymstock

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone is injured as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong rather than claiming compensation. For example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

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Serious injury solicitors serving Plymstock

We recognise the difference injury compensation will make to people whose lives have been affected by serious injury. A successful claim will lessen the financial burden on an injured person and their family enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from asbestos related disease to siderosis (welders lung).

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Slips and trips

Recorded statistics stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Devon. These types of accident are typically the cause of injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being struck by a moving object or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as broken wrists sustained on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with kerb stone trips having occurred in the local area.

Plymstock 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 Plymstock and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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

Meet the team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Plymstock, from whiplash cases to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their professionalism.

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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 Plymstock?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of award winning solicitors that assists claimants in Plymstock, Devon and throughout the UK, get compensation.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Devon seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including road accidents and part-time worker injuries.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, mean making a claim 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. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you?

Choosing the most appropriate legal team to help you is an important step towards achieving the best settlement or award.

How do you make sure you select the most appropriate solicitors' practice to pursue compensation for you?

What should be considered when comparing reviews for solicitors in Plymstock?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from formal and traditional to sympathetic. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

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. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for back injuries causing chronic permanent symptoms could vary between ?31,350 and ?56,375 (based on 2015 market research).

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?".

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Plymstock?

You do not need to select a solicitor 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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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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