A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Portishead or anywhere in the UK, our experienced solicitors can handle your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, we can assist you with a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Injury claims should usually be made within 3 years of the injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must prove 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.

Making your claim sooner should enable the lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

What is my claim worth?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Portishead

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from kitchen workers to press photographers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work injury statistics in the North Somerset local authority are listed under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in North Somerset Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known313625
Electricity related100
Machinery related1057
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)001
Fire related101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)1222
Fall from height (scaffolding)221614
Injured by an animal031
Physical assault18138
Slip, trip or fall918357
Struck against9710
Struck by moving vehicle582
Struck by object202027
Trapped under falling object110

Further information: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Portishead

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of expert no win, no fee lawyers have decades of experience in achieving the highest general and special damages for claimants who have been hurt in a road accident in Portishead.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Portishead are reasonably common with a total of 559 accidents (492 slight accidents, 63 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in North Somerset local authority area. By 2014 accidents decreased to 509.

Further information: Road accident compensation claim

Other claims we handle

Serious injury

We understand the critical change a compensation claim can make to the lives of people affected by severe injury.

We fight for compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, which includes damages for medical and care costs.

Our network of solicitors have for many years helped claimants impacted by major accidents. Injuries held to be serious include neck injuries, serious psychiatric harm and chemical poisoning.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical and medical negligence in Portishead

When a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you only want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of injury compensation. For example, to raise a complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Litigators can help with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to siderosis (welders lung).

Further information: Industrial disease compensation

Slips and trips

Officially recorded statistics underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent accident at work in North Somerset. Slips and trips are sometimes lead to injuries classified under another heading for instance being struck by a falling object or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries like strained muscles happening on obstructed footpaths are also common with pavement trips having occurred on Phoenix Way and on High Street.

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

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

Meet our team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Portishead and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their success rate in winning claims and their specialist knowledge.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

What is your track record of winning claims in Portishead?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated solicitors that assists injured people in Portishead, Somerset and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Somerset get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents on building sites.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.


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 choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Instructing the most suitable personal injury solicitor to act for you is a critical step towards achieving the highest settlement or award.

With approximately 100 offices within a 25 radius of Portishead (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority website), how do you ensure you instruct the most appropriate law firm to take on your case?

Comparing Portishead personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Do you need to select a local Portishead lawyer ?

The location of the firm is less critical as injury cases are typically run by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a law firm that offers a national network as you will need to go to a medical exam.

More on : Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. 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 loss of hearing in one ear could vary between ?25,300 and ?36,850 (based on 2015 market research).

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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