A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Potton or anywhere in the UK, we can will assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like industrial deafness 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 that you learn of your diagnosis that is important.

To win a Potton personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

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

Starting your claim as soon as possible will enable statements from witnesses to be gathered by your lawyer.

Injury claims calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is based on a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives you a good idea of your potential compensation award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Potton

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Potton are reasonably common. Government statistics reveal a total of 831 accidents (716 slight accidents, 108 serious accidents and 7 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bedfordshire local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 964.

Quittance's group of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury lawyers have vast experience in obtaining optimum damages for people who have been hurt in a road accident in Potton.

Read more: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Potton

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted self employed or employed people, from electricians to product designers, to get the compensation they deserve. Work injury data for the Central Bedfordshire local authority collated under legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Work accidents in Central Bedfordshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified354049
Electric shock012
Machinery related injury191214
Fire related (e.g. scars)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)433
Fall from height (ladder)321728
Injured by an animal223
Manual handling876383
Slip, trip, fall same level937378
Struck against13819
Struck by moving vehicle1458
Hit by falling object382736
Crushed by something collapsing121

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury experts acting in Potton

The long-term impact of serious injury is acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when calculating a claim. Damages will lessen the financial load and take the pressure off a claimant and their family enabling them to prioritise recovery.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Reported statistics reveal that slips, trips and falls are still the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Bedfordshire and the UK. They are quite often related to accidents categorised as something else for instance being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an electrocution accident. Public place accident claims injuries like fractured ankles suffered on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with recent incidents having happened recently.

Medical negligence in Potton

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of starting an injury claim. For example, to raise a complaint against Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, you can contact South Wing, Kempston Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Read more: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that include anything from noise induced hearing loss to pneumoconiosis.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Potton No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Potton and across the UK.

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

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Potton and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

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

Have you handled many Potton claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in Potton, Bedfordshire and across the country, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of injured claimants in Bedfordshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the workplace and whiplash.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Guidance for those looking for an injury lawyer

It can take months for the majority of claims to be settled. Claims involving disputed liability or severe injury can take much longer. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Your lawyer should be someone you can trust at every step of the process to give practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Do you have to choose a lawyer in Potton?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a law firm near you.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that will need to be performed locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

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. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for bronchitis, for example, ranges from ?16,830 to ?25,300 (based on 2015 market data).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Potton personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary.

Reading reviews can be revealing when contemplating which lawyer to select and which considerations are most important to you.

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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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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