A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you are based in Somerset or anywhere in the UK, our expert personal injury lawyers can help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims should usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these situations.

To win a Somerset personal injury case, your lawyer must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Starting your claim sooner will enable supporting evidence and witness statements to be collected by the lawyer.

Injury claims calculator

The compensation you will be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Somerset

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people hurt in an accident, from construction workers to stockbrokers, to claim work accident compensation. Work injury statistics in the Sedgemoor local authority collated in accordance with RIDDOR by the HSE as follows:

Workplace accidents in Sedgemoor Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)111
Machinery related injury1159
Exposed to fire100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. welding rods)702
Fall from height (ladder)19108
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)014
Physical attack652
Slip or trip584730
Struck against1371
Hit by vehicle523
Struck by object191212
Trapped underneath something101

Find out more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Somerset

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Somerset are common with 28 fatal accidents, 190 serious accidents and 1390 slight accidents in 2013 in Somerset (Total events were 1608 local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,623.

Our group of best of breed no win, no fee injury solicitors are experienced in achieving maximum compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Somerset.

Find out more: Road accident claims

Other claims we handle

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from chemical poisoning to mercury poisoning.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially reported data demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury in the South West England workplace in 2015. These types of accident are sometimes the precursor to accidents classified under another heading e.g. being hit by another person or a quarry drowning accident. Public place (Sedgemoor local authority) litigation for injuries like broken wrists sustained on pavement cracks are also quite common with falls having happened in the area.

Somerset specialists for serious injury compensation

The Quittance team recognise the difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants. Our panel of specialist solicitors fight to get the maximum compensation for serious injuries. This includes claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Find out more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Medical negligence in Somerset

Medical negligence is the term for when a person suffers injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened rather than starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. You can write to 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset, for example, to raise a complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Somerset No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Somerset and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Somerset, from relatively minor claims to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are selected for their level of experience and their track record in winning cases.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What is Quittance's track record of winning claims in Somerset?

Quittance is a nationwide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that helps people in Somerset and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In 2017, we helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Somerset get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including slips and trips at work and car accidents.

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


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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How to select the right personal injury lawyer for you

Compensation for a claim for compensation can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be settled. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, however the quality of service does vary.

Your lawyer should be someone you can trust throughout your claim to provide compassionate practical advice and expert legal guidance.

The variation in the amount of personal injury fees charged by law firms is surprising.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?121,576 for moderate hearing loss could vary from ?72,946 to ?103,340.

Further reading How to compare personal injury fees

What should you consider when checking Somerset solicitor reviews?

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Do you have to choose a lawyer in Somerset?

You do not need to choose a lawyer 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 network of medical professionals.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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