A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

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.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make 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.

Calculate my compensation

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our online claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Sawston

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Quittance's 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.

Find out more: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Sawston

Worker injured in accident

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)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related injury547
Fire related (e.g. burns)010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)642
Fall from height161913
Injured by an animal311
Lifting and carrying584534
Physical assault131619
Slip, trip, fall same level544441
Struck against944
Struck by moving vehicle613
Struck by object201216
Crushed by something collapsing100

Find out more: Work accident claim

Other types of claim

Serious injury

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.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

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.

Clinical negligence in Sawston

Medical negligence describes when a person is injured as the result of the lack of care of a doctor or other health worker. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are only looking for closure instead of a compensation award, you can raise a formal complaint. You can contact Hills Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Litigators can help claimants with securing compensation for industrial illness including anything from NIHL to toluene exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Sawston No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Sawston and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's national network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Sawston and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their specialist knowledge and their track record in winning cases.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Sawston?

We are a nationwide network of SRA regulated solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Sawston, Cambridgeshire and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of people across Cambridgeshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents on building sites.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and stress-free as possible.


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 means you will never be out of pocket.

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.

Read more : 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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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