A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Sandy or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury solicitors are able to help with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 16, 2016

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

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

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

In order to win a Sandy personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Legal and practical advice can be provided by a short, free consultation with a specialist lawyer.

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of points. Our online compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could win.

Road traffic accident claims in Sandy

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Sandy are not uncommon with a total of 831 accidents (716 slight accidents, 108 serious accidents and 7 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bedfordshire local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 964.

Our network of expert lawyers have vast experience in securing the best settlements for people who have been injured in a car or motorbike crash in Sandy.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Sandy

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted Claimants, from scaffolding erectors to quantity surveyors, to secure financial compensation settlements. Accident at work information for the Sandy local authority are compiled in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Central Bedfordshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
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
Assault10213
Slip, trip, fall same level937378
Struck against13819
Struck by moving vehicle1458
Hit by falling object382736
Crushed by something collapsing121

For more information: Work accident claims

Other injury claims

Serious injury

The Courts understand that serious injuries will have a life-changing impact on an injured person and their dependants. By limiting the pressure severe injury imposes on a Claimant and their family, a successful claim helps them to focus on rehabilitation.

For more information: Serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses that range from asbestos related illness to mercury poisoning.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Slips and trips

Government figures indicate that employee slips and trips continue to be the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Bedfordshire. Slips and trips are often the precursor to accidents recorded in another category for instance being hit by an object falling from a machine, a fall from a height or an asphyxiation accident. Public place accident claims injuries like broken ankles sustained on raised kerb stones are also quite prevalent with recent pothole trips having occurred on Tempsford Road and on Market Square.

Clinical negligence in Sandy

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a person is injured due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance 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 are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of starting an injury claim. You can contact South Wing, Kempston Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence claim

Sandy 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 Sandy and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Sandy and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience.

Meet the team - click here.

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

What experience do you have of claims in Sandy?

We are a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people in Sandy, Bedfordshire and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants across Bedfordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from motorbike pillion passenger accidents to part-time worker injuries.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Locating the best lawyer for your compensation claim

Instructing the best injury solicitor for your case is your most important step towards negotiating the most compensation.

What is the best way to ensure you instruct the most appropriate firm to help you?

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 a severe foot injury could vary between ?67,870 and ?88,660 (based on 2015 market research).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Do you need to select a local Sandy solicitor ?

The location of the firm is not important as cases are, as a matter of course, managed by phone, post and email.

However, you should go with a firm with national medical centres as you will be expected to go to a medical assessment.

More on : Will I have to attend a medical?

Look into Sandy solicitor reviews

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

Online reviews can be a good place to start if you are trying to decide which solicitor best serves your needs.

See Personal injury solicitor reviews

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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