A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Smethwick or anywhere else in the UK, Quittance can are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Can I claim?Check claim

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for compensation should usually be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

In the majority of cases, a successful compensation claim involves three components. It must be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Starting your claim as soon as possible should allow your solicitor to gather evidence and witness statements.

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What is my claim worth?

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Smethwick

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of accredited litigators have a wealth of experience in obtaining the best awards for people who have been injured in a road accident in Smethwick.

Accidents involving vehicles in Smethwick are reasonably common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 3315 accidents (2913 slight accidents, 373 serious accidents and 29 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Birmingham local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,584. Incidents in the Smethwick area in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A457 and A4030 slip road and on the dual carriageway of the A4252 and A41 roundabout.

Find out more: Road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Smethwick

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from forklift drivers to scientific laboratory technicians, to secure financial compensation settlements. Accident at work statistics for the Birmingham local authority are listed under reporting legislation by the HSE as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Birmingham Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury1236
Machinery related injury644243
Explosives related321
Exposed to fire222
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)292313
Fall from height (ladder)12481106
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)14105
Lifting and handling injuries595350361
Physical attack175134128
Slip, trip, fall same level555489374
Struck against646150
Hit by vehicle533119
Hit by object190127145
Trapped by something collapsing385

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Other claims we handle

Serious injury

We recognise the critical change a successful claim will make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. By relieving the stress catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured claimant and their family, an injury claim enables them to focus on their rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of law firms have aided families claim damages for a wide range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and illnesses categorised as serious and catastrophic include asbestos-related disease, cerebral palsy and paralysis.

Find out more: Serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with securing compensation for industrial illness that range from radiation exposure to mercury poisoning.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics highlight the fact that employee slips and trips are still the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Birmingham and the Black Country workplace. Slips, trips and falls are frequently connected to injuries filed under a different category like being hit by an object falling from a ladder, a fall from a height or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like sprained ankles happening on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with recent slips having happened on Holyhead Road and on Brasshouse Lane.

Clinical negligence in Smethwick

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when someone is injured due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of a compensation award, you can raise a formal complaint. To raise a complaint against Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Trust Headquarters, 3, Priestley Wharf, Holt Street, Birmingham, West Midlands.

Find out more: Medical negligence claim

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Smethwick 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 Smethwick and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Smethwick, from less severe claims to catastrophic injury. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their level of specialist experience 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
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Has Quittance handled many claims in Smethwick?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that helps claimants in Smethwick, West Midlands and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people in the West Midlands get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and building site accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you?

It can take months for most minor injury claims to be settled. Cases where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take longer. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

The diversity in the level of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between lawyers is significant.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of ?18,240 for work-related upper limb disorders can vary from ?10,944 to ?15,504.

Further reading How much can you claim?

Reviews for lawyers in Smethwick

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Do you need to choose a local Smethwick injury lawyer ?

The location of a solicitor is not so relevant as cases are typically run by phone and email.

However, you should instruct a solicitors practice that offers national medical coverage as claimants will almost always need to go to a medical examination.

Read more - Can I attend a medical centre near me?

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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