A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Southampton or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert personal injury lawyers can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims must be made within a 3-year window in the majority of cases.

To win a Southampton personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate:

  • 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

Compensation Calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Southampton

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of accredited no win no fee injury lawyers are experienced in achieving optimum compensation for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles across Hampshire are relatively commonplace. Police reporters reveal that there were 46 fatal accidents, 660 serious accidents and 2955 slight accidents in 2013 in Hampshire (Total events were 3661 council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,743.)

See: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Southampton

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from kitchen workers to sales executives, to claim compensation. Work accident statistics for the Southampton local authority are published under reporting legislation by the HSE and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Southampton Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock210
Machinery related injury81411
Fire related001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)1164
Fall from height301828
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)310
Lifting and handling injuries1729491
Slip, trip or fall1279091
Struck against22911
Hit by vehicle1055
Hit by object403828
Trapped underneath something201

See: Work accident compensation claim

Other claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Recorded data underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common accident at work in Hampshire. They are often the cause of injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes like being hit by a falling object, being trapped by something collapsing or a lake drowning accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as bruised backs occurring on potholes are also quite common with incidents having occurred on St. Mary's Rd and on St Mary's Street.

Clinical and medical negligence in Southampton

When a patient sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are only looking for answers instead of starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to make a formal complaint against Solent NHS Trust, you can write to Highpoint Venue, Bursledon Road, Southampton, Hampshire.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from occupational asthma to solvent exposure.

See: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury lawyers in Southampton

The effect serious and catastrophic injury can have will be recognised by Courts when they are calculating how much compensation to pay. By reducing the financial stress a major injury imposes on an injured person and their family, a claim allows people to concentrate on their recovery. Our network of expert solicitors have for many years helped claimants affected by serious accidents. Injury and illness held by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious range from lung cancer to concussion.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Southampton 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 Southampton and throughout the UK.

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

Meet our team

Our national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Southampton and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their years of specialist experience and their track record in winning cases.

Meet the 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 Southampton?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of expert personal injury lawyers that assists claimants in Southampton, Hampshire and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted 100's of claimants in Hampshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents on the road to accidents at work.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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 issues to consider when picking the best lawyer

Instructing the most suitable PI solicitor to help you is a critical step towards getting the highest settlement or award for your illness or injuries.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Southampton - how do you make sure you instruct the ideal one to take on your case?

Reviews for lawyers in Southampton

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The variation in the amount of insurance premiums and success fees charged by firms is important for claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?4,221 for a broken tibia or fibula could vary from ?2,533 to ?3,588.

More information Compare solicitors

Do you need to go with a local injury lawyer ?

The location of the firm is not so critical as injury cases are typically conducted remotely.

However, you should go with a solicitors' firm that provides national medical centres as you will be expected to go to a medical exam.

More : Do you have a medical centre in or near Southampton?

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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