A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

No matter whether you live in Pontypool or anywhere in the country, we can manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our expert solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should be made within a 3-year window in the majority of cases.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

To win a Pontypool personal injury case, your lawyer must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Beginning your claim as soon as possible will enable supporting witness statements to be collected by the lawyer.

How much can I claim?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of criteria. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Pontypool

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from dental nurses to petroleum engineers, to claim maximum compensation. Injury and illness information in the Torfaen local authority are published under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive:

Workplace accidents in Torfaen Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury101
Machinery related injury773
Fire related (e.g. scars)030
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)240
Fall from height1298
Injured by an animal410
Lifting and handling injuries542840
Slip, trip, fall same level463648
Struck against873
Struck by moving vehicle122
Struck by object171418

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Road traffic accident claims in Pontypool

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Pontypool are not uncommon. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 143 accidents (121 slight accidents, 19 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Torfaen local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 188.

Quittance's panel of trained no win no fee lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving the best compensation for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Pontypool.

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Other claims

Pontypool lawyers for serious injury compensation claims

The Courts recognise that a serious injury can have a major effect on a claimant. By reducing the financial pressure catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured person, a claim enables claimants to focus on recovery.

Our panel of expert lawyers have helped people claim damages for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries and illnesses referred to as catastrophic or serious range from major surgical negligence to bowel cancer.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical negligence in Pontypool

When someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you only want a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to a compensation award. You can contact Headquarters, Lodge Road, Caerleon, Newport, for example, to raise a complaint against Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from asbestosis to solvent exposure.

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Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics indicate that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Torfaen in 2014/15. Slips and trips are quite often the initiators of injuries classified under another heading e.g. being hit by another person, a carrying injury or an electrocution accident. Public liability accident claims injuries, such as facial scarring suffered on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with trips having occurred in Thornhill Shopping Centre.

Pontypool 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 Pontypool and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Pontypool and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their specialist knowledge and their track record in winning cases.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience do you have of handling claims in Pontypool?

We are a national network of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Pontypool, Torfaen and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Torfaen get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents in the office to accidents on the road.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

How to choose the best personal injury solicitor for your claim

Finding the most suitable law firm for your legal case is a critical step towards successfully claiming the best compensation award for your accident.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Pontypool (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority), what is the best way to make certain you select the ideal legal practice to instruct?

Look into Pontypool personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by lawyers can vary significantly.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be informative if you are considering which solicitor to select and which considerations are most important to you.

Read Personal injury lawyer reviews

Will you need a local Pontypool solicitor ?

The location of the law firm is not especially important as cases are normally run without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to choose a law firm that has national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will need to go to a medical assessment.

Read about - Do you have a medical centre near me?

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 severe wrist injuries causing loss of function of the wrist, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?38,500 to ?48,400 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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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