A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Portsmouth or anywhere else in the UK, our injury solicitors will manage your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

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Eligibility to claim

A claim must usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

To win a Portsmouth 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
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How much compensation could I get?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Work accident claims in Portsmouth

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from construction workers to patent attorneys, to claim work accident compensation. Injury and illness figures in the Portsmouth local authority are compiled in accordance with reporting legislation by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in Portsmouth Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Other434139
Electrical injury210
Machinery related injury463
Explosives related001
Fire related111
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)522
Fall from height (scaffolding)322229
Injured by an animal020
Lifting925674
Physical attack15910
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)979572
Struck against1389
Hit by vehicle237
Hit by falling object442028
Trapped under falling object201

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Road traffic accident claims in Portsmouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of certified injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in securing the best compensation for anyone injured in a car accident in Portsmouth.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Portsmouth are common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 727 accidents (611 slight accidents, 115 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Portsmouth local authority. By 2014 the total had decreased to 693. Accidents in Portsmouth in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A2030 and A2047 roundabout and on the A288 and B2154 roundabout.

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Other claims we handle

Clinical negligence in Portsmouth

Clinical negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened rather than financial damages, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to raise a complaint against Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, you can write to Trust Headquarters, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

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Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Safety statistics underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Hampshire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the precursor to injuries classified under another heading e.g. being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Portsmouth local authority) accident claims injuries like torn ligaments occurring on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with falls having occurred on Commercial Road and on Slindon Street.

Portsmouth serious injury compensation claims

We recognise the vital change a successful claim will make to people whose lives have been affected by serious and catastrophic injury. A claim will lessen the financial load and reduce stress so a claimant enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation.

Our panel of specialist serious injury solicitors work with insurance companies, Courts and medical practitioners, helping to ensure families impacted by serious accidents receive the support they need.

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Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from radiation exposure to siderosis (welders lung).

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Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Portsmouth, from short-term injury cases to catastrophic injury. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their level of experience and their track record in recovering compensation.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services 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 handling claims in Portsmouth?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Portsmouth, Hampshire and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Hampshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents in the office.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Selecting the best legal representation to act for you is a key step towards achieving the highest settlement or award for your accident.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Portsmouth - what is the best way to make certain you choose the most appropriate firm for your needs?

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Portsmouth?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Look into Portsmouth solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Reviews can certainly be enlightening if you are weighing up which solicitor best serves your needs.

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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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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