Updated: Wednesday, 10th August 2016
If you live in Sawston or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can will take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.
Making a personal injury claim
Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years.
Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident or work-related illness, there are three elements to proving a claim. It needs to 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
Starting your claim sooner will allow the lawyer to gather evidence and witness statements.
Finding the right lawyer
It can take many months for the majority of claims to be settled. Claims involving disputed liability or severe injury can take much longer. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.
Your lawyer should be someone you are able to trust throughout the claims process to provide practical advice and expert legal guidance.
Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred 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.
You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For a serious back injury, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from £59,950 to £71,500 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.
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 I need to instruct a local Sawston legal firm ?
The whereabouts of the solicitor is not especially critical as cases are, as a matter of course, run by phone and email.
However, you should select a solicitors practice with national medical coverage as you will need to attend a medical assessment.
Read more : Do you have a medical centre near me?
Read Sawston personal injury solicitor reviews
The quality of legal advice provided by solicitors, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.
Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be informative if you are attempting to decide which lawyer to select.
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What kinds of compensation claims do you handle in Sawston?
Quittance's panel of lawyers have represented Claimants in Sawston whose accident circumstances ranged and resulted in serious injury.
Accidents in the workplace
Quittance has helped Claimants, from dental nurses to retail merchandisers, to claim compensation from their employer. Work injury statistics for the South Cambridgeshire local authority are published in accordance with RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:
|Workplace accidents in South Cambridgeshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)||1||0||0|
|Machinery related injury||5||4||7|
|Fire related (e.g. burns)||0||1||0|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)||6||4||2|
|Fall from height||16||19||13|
|Injured by an animal||3||1||1|
|Lifting and carrying||58||45||34|
|Slip, trip, fall same level||54||44||41|
|Struck by moving vehicle||6||1||3|
|Struck by object||20||12||16|
|Crushed by something collapsing||1||0||0|
Clinical negligence in Sawston
Medical negligence (which is correctly called 'clinical negligence') is when there has been a breach in the duty of care on the part of a healthcare provider. Quittance's panel of personal injury solicitors covering Cambridgeshire and Sawston have helped with claims filed against healthcare providers including Addenbrooke's, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ.
Road traffic claims
Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Sawston are reasonably common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 1969 accidents (1664 slight accidents, 277 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cambridgeshire local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,049.
Quittances panel of certified no win no fee legal advisors have years of experience in fighting for optimum general and special damages for people injured in a road accident in Sawston.
Slip, trip and fall accidents
Reported figures show that slips and trips are the single most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Cambridgeshire and the UK in 2014/15. They are typically the precursor to injuries categorised as another type of accident like being struck by moving machinery, a fall from a ladder or a harmful substance accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like strained muscles sustained on pavement cracks are also quite common with recent slips and trips having happened on School Lane and on High Street.
Litigators can help Claimants with securing compensation for industrial illness including anything from NIHL to toluene exposure.
The Quittance team recognise the vital change a compensation claim can make to the lives of severely injured Claimants. The Quittance team fight for maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes damages for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Quittance's panel of expert lawyers work with the Courts, medical experts and insurers to make sure Claimants impacted by serious accidents receive the support they need.
How No Win, No Fee lawyers take care of compensation claims in Sawston
If your injury claim is lost, a No Win, No Fee agreement (or CFA) between you and your lawyer confirms that the legal fees will not be charged. Were you to succeed in the case, the costs for your lawyer must be covered by the losing side or their insurer.
Will there be hidden fees?
No Win, No Fee means there is nothing owed if the claim is lost and there are no hidden fees. With our No Win, No Fee, there is no catch whatsoever and there is no risk of losing out.
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What should happen next?
Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.
Get answers to your questions
We offer jargon-free information helping you decide whether to go ahead with a claim for injury compensation.
Find more answers without needing to call a solicitor. See our frequently asked questions here.
How to get a claim for compensation underway
You can begin your injury claim online or call 0800 612 7456 (0333 344 6575 from mobiles) to talk to an expert lawyer.
Talk to a member of our panel of experts today for more information about the process. Call us on 0800 612 7456 or book a callback.