A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Southwell or anywhere in the UK, our lawyers will handle your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our expert solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Compensation claims must, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

In the majority of cases, proving an injury claim has three key components. It must be shown that:

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

Injury claims calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Southwell

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of knowledgeable injury solicitors are experienced in fighting for the highest general and special damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car accident in Southwell.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Southwell are common. Government statistics reveal a total of 2461 accidents (2116 slight accidents, 317 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Newark and Sherwood local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,533.

See: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Southwell

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from nurses to surveyors, to claim compensation from their employer. Accident statistics for the Newark and Sherwood local authority reported under regulations by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Newark and Sherwood Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related100
Machinery related171113
Exposed to fire100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)918
Fall from height (scaffolding)17912
Injured by an animal951
Lifting and handling injuries634852
Physical assault201212
Slip or trip736348
Struck against1157
Struck by moving vehicle467
Hit by object332823
Trapped underneath something111

See: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government data show that employee slips and trips continue to be the most common cause of injury at work in Nottinghamshire in 2015. Slips and trips are frequently the precursor to injuries categorised as something else e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine, a lifting injury or an electrocution accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like sprained ankles happening on potholes are also quite common with recent slips having occurred in the local area.

Industrial disease

Litigators can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses that range from noise induced hearing loss to Vibration White Finger.

See: Industrial disease compensation claims

Serious injury

The long-term impact of serious and catastrophic injury is understood by solicitors and insurers when they are working out how much compensation to pay. By relieving the pressure serious injury places on an injured person and their family, compensation enables people to prioritise rehabilitation. Our panel of solicitors have helped people receive compensation for many chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injury and illness referred to as serious and catastrophic include major surgical negligence, chemical poisoning and degloving injuries.

See: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Southwell

Clinical negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of starting an injury claim. To make a formal complaint against East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, for example, you can write to 1 Horizon Place, Mellors Way, Nottingham Business Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

See: Medical negligence compensation claim

Southwell 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 Southwell and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Southwell, from fast track cases to catastrophic injury. Our solicitors are chosen for their professionalism and their track record in winning claims.

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 you have of handling claims in Southwell?

We are a national panel of expert solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Southwell, Nottinghamshire and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Nottinghamshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the workplace to public place accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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 don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

It can take several months for most minor injury claims to conclude. Injury claims involving disputed liability or severe injury can take longer. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues that matter to claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Southwell?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Comparing Southwell personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

The disparity in the amount of fees between different law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is considerable.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of ?11,889 for serious thumb injuries might vary from ?7,133 to ?10,105.

See How much can you claim?

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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