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?

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.

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.

Making a personal injury 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.

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?

Which types of claims does Quittance conduct in Retford and Nottinghamshire?

Quittance's network of lawyers assist Claimants in Retford and Nottinghamshire whose situations were diverse and which led to serious injuries including:

Industrial disease

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

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.

Road traffic accidents (RTA) in Retford

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 in fighting for the highest settlements for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Retford.

Clinical and medical negligence in Retford

Medical negligence (which is more accurately called 'Clinical Negligence') is where an illness or injury is connected to a failure to carry out a responsibility by a GP or any other healthcare professional. Quittance's panel of injury solicitors covering Retford have helped people with negligence legal cases brought against hospitals including Retford Hospital, North Road, Retford, DN22 7XF.

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.

Accidents in the workplace

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
Machinery related injury8714
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

Retford No Win, No Fee Injury Lawyers

In the event that your solicitor loses the claim, a No Win, No Fee agreement with your lawyer states that you will not have to pay the legal costs. Were you to win, the legal fees are settled by the other side.

Are there extra fees?

No Win, No Fee should mean that there are absolutely no hidden fees and you will not be out of pocket if you lose your claim. With a No Win, No Fee guarantee, there is no catch whatsoever and there is no risk of being charged extra costs. Click here to read more about about Quittance's No Win, No Fee.

What to do next

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Get your questions answered

We provide clear answers to help people affected by injury determine whether to go ahead.

If you have more questions before calling, try our FAQ pages.

How to get your compensation claim started

You can begin the injury claim here or call us on 0800 612 7456 or 0333 344 6575 to talk to a member of the Quittance team.

If you would like to discuss your options or have more questions before starting, phone us on 0800 612 7456 or request a callback at a time that suits you.