A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Sidmouth or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims should be made within a 3-year window in most cases.

In most cases, there are three key components to a successful personal injury claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

A no-obligation phone consultation with a personal injury solicitor will give answers and advice.

Calculate your compensation

The total compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of factors. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Sidmouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Sidmouth are quite common. Official statistics reveal 16 fatal accidents, 294 serious accidents and 2094 slight accidents in 2013 in Devon (Total events were 2404 local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,427.

Quittance's group of proficient no win no fee lawyers have a wealth of experience in obtaining the highest settlements for people hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Sidmouth.

See: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Sidmouth

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from building site contractors to product development scientists, to claim injury compensation. Work injury statistics for the East Devon local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Workplace accidents in East Devon Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related593
Fire related (e.g. burns)011
Harmful substance related123
Fall from height191813
Animal related413
Slip, trip or fall382926
Struck against1074
Hit by vehicle312
Hit by object171413
Trapped by something collapsing011

See: Accident at work compensation claims

Other injury claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with getting compensation for industrial injuries that range from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to pleural thickening.

See: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury

The long-term effect a serious or catastrophic injury can have is understood by Courts and insurance companies when determining compensation. A claim should lessen the financial load on an injured person and their family enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of expert solicitor firms have aided families claim damages for many catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries referred to as serious and catastrophic include concussion, cerebral palsy and mesothelioma.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips and trips

Officially recorded data stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent accident in the Devon workplace in 2014/15. These types of accident are typically related to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place litigation for injuries like pulled muscles occurring on spillages are also common with slips and trips having happened on Queen St and on Fore Street.

Clinical negligence in Sidmouth

When someone sustains an injury or illness due to a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been injured by medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong rather than starting an injury claim. To make a formal complaint against Devon Partnership NHS Trust, for example, you can write to Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Sidmouth 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 Sidmouth and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Sidmouth, from short-term injury cases to long term industrial disease. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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 winning claims in Sidmouth?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Sidmouth, Devon and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of people throughout Devon seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to ladder accidents.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Choosing the best solicitor

Finding the most suitable PI solicitor for your legal case is your most important step towards getting the best compensation award for your accident.

How do you make sure you instruct the ideal legal practice to work with?

Reviews for lawyers in Sidmouth

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

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 fractured index finger could vary between ?7,370 and ?9,900 (based on 2015 market research).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

You do not need to instruct a personal injury solicitor near you.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that will need to be performed locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and 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.

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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