A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Retford or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can are able to take on your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 15, 2016

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Eligibility to claim

Claims for compensation should be made within three years of an injury in the majority of cases.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is considered.

For most claims, proving a claim will involve three issues. It must be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

A free phone call with a Retford personal injury solicitor will give information and useful advice.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our online injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

Road traffic accident claims in Retford

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Retford are relatively commonplace. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 2461 accidents (2116 slight accidents, 317 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Newark and Sherwood local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,533. Accidents in Retford in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A620 and A638 junction and on the single carriageway of the A620 and B6420 junction.

Our panel of proficient lawyers are experienced in fighting for the highest settlements for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Retford.

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Work accident claims in Retford

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people injured in an accident, from kitchen workers to political party research officers, to claim maximum compensation. Accident data for the Bassetlaw local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Government as follows:

Workplace accidents in Bassetlaw Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Unspecified514329
Electrocution020
Machinery related injury8714
100
Exposed to explosion001
Fire related (e.g. scars)010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)322
Fall from height181511
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)120
Lifting and handling injuries1036673
Physical assault652655
Slip or trip878048
Struck against15107
Hit by vehicle683
Struck by object342524
Trapped underneath something011

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury solicitors acting in Retford

Courts recognise that serious injuries have a major impact on an affected individual and their family. A successful claim will lessen the financial burden on an injured Claimant and their dependants enabling them to focus on rehabilitation.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from mesothelioma to siderosis.

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Slips and trips

Reported figures demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent accident at work in Nottinghamshire and the UK as a whole in 2014/15. These types of accident are frequently the precursor to accidents filed under a different category like being hit by another person or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as broken wrists experienced on poorly maintained paths are also common with recent kerb stone trips having occurred on Portland Place and on Ollerton Rd.

Clinical and medical negligence in Retford

Medical negligence is the term for when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to financial damages. To make a formal complaint against East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, for example, you can write to 1 Horizon Place, Mellors Way, Nottingham Business Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

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Retford No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Retford and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Retford and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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

Has Quittance handled many Retford claims?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Retford, Nottinghamshire and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have helped 100's of injured claimants in Nottinghamshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to industrial disease.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team, make the claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

FAQs

Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

What to check when choosing the best injury lawyer

You will be liaising with your lawyer for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not responsible for many factors of interest to Claimants, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is an important first step.

Do you have to choose a law firm in Retford?

Many solicitors operate across the country, allowing Claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

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

Comparing injury solicitors in Retford - online reviews

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from strictly professional to more casual and friendly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service offered by different firms.

The variation in the level of personal injury insurance premiums and success fees between solicitors working on No Win No Fee agreements can have a significant impact on your compensation.

For example the amount retained by a Claimant awarded ?79,217 for mesothelioma can range from ?47,530 to ?67,334.

See - How much compensation can you claim?

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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