A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Shropshire or anywhere in the UK, our lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In order to win a Shropshire personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Beginning your claim sooner should enable the solicitor to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

How much compensation could I get?

The level of compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Shropshire

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from forklift drivers to recycling officers, to claim injury compensation. Accident at work statistics in the Shropshire local authority collated under regulations by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Work accidents in Shropshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified685152
Electric shock injury132
Machinery related injury332120
Fire related (e.g. scars)011
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)1052
Fall from height (ladder)414029
Injured by an animal10118
Lifting and handling injuries19885100
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)157131115
Struck against23195
Hit by vehicle4710
Hit by object704048
Trapped by something collapsing101

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Road traffic accident claims in Shropshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Shropshire are relatively common. Official statistics reveal a total of 813 accidents (694 slight accidents, 101 serious accidents and 18 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Shropshire local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 835.

Our network of road traffic accident legal advisors have a wealth of experience in obtaining the best awards for people injured in a road accident in Shropshire.

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Other claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Shropshire

Clinical negligence is the term for when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want answers instead of starting an injury claim. For example, to make a formal complaint against Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust, you can contact The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Twympath Lane, Oswestry, Shropshire.

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Industrial disease

Lawyers can assist with securing compensation for industrial illness that range from bladder cancer to silicosis.

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Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are still the most common cause of injury in the West Midlands workplace. These types of accident are often the initiators of accidents categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries like broken shoulders occurring on spillages are also quite prevalent with trips having occurred on the Shopping Parade and on Abbey Foregate.

Serious injury solicitors in Shropshire

Quittance recognise the vital difference injury compensation will make to seriously injured claimants. A successful claim will lessen the financial load on an injured person and their dependants so they can prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

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Shropshire No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Shropshire and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Shropshire, from whiplash cases to long term industrial disease. Our solicitors are selected for their track record in winning cases and their years of specialist experience.

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

How much experience do you have of injury claims in Shropshire?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of award winning solicitors that helps injured people in Shropshire and across the UK, get compensation.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants in Shropshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on public transport and part-time worker injuries.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

What to consider when finding the best personal injury solicitor

Choosing a suitable legal expert for your case is the most important step towards successfully claiming the highest compensation settlement for your accident.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Shropshire (according to the SRA website), what is the best way to ensure you choose the ideal one to pursue compensation for you?

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for serious hand injuries, for example, ranges from ?23,430 to ?50,050 (based on 2015 market data).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Are Shropshire claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

You do not need to select a law firm near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Comparing Shropshire personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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