A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you live in St Austell or anywhere in the country, our lawyers can help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, Quittance can help you make an injury claim.

Calculate my compensation

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

Making an injury claim

Considerable legislation is in place to give support to people seeking compensation, and Quittance's network of personal injury lawyers have years of experience giving advice to their clients on the strength of their claims.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as RSI are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that matters.

In the majority of cases, there are three key components to proving a claim. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Getting your claim started sooner should allow the solicitor to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Choosing the most suitable solicitor for your legal case is an important step towards securing the highest compensation award.

With some over 75 offices within 25 miles of St Austell (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority database) - how do you make sure you choose the best one to instruct?

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

What should you look for when checking St Austell solicitor reviews?

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

Do you have to choose a law firm in St Austell?

The majority of large firms operate throughout England and Wales, allowing Claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

In general, the only aspect that does require a local service 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.

Claims we conduct in St Austell

Our network of lawyers have represented Claimants in St Austell whose accident circumstances ranged and led to serious injuries including:

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from occupational asthma to siderosis.

Slips and trips

Officially recorded figures underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are the single most common cause of injury at work in Cornwall and the UK as a whole in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the initiators of injuries classified under another heading e.g. being struck by moving machinery or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place (Cornwall local authority) negligence claims injuries such as torn ligaments sustained on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with recent street trips having happened in the area.

Medical negligence in St Austell

Medical negligence (which is more correctly known as 'Clinical Negligence') is when there has been a breach in the duty of care by a medical professional. Quittance's panel of solicitors covering Cornwall and St Austell have helped people with legal cases brought against health services including Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, Porthpean Road, St. Austell, PL26 6AB.

Road traffic compensation claims

Our network of certified solicitors have decades of experience in achieving optimum general and special damages for Claimants hurt in a road accident in St Austell.

Accidents involving vehicles in St Austell are not uncommon. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,907. Accidents in St Austell in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A3058 and B3274 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A390 and A3058 junction.

St Austell serious injury compensation

Quittance understand the vital change compensation can make to the lives of seriously injured Claimants. Damages should lessen the financial load on an injured person so they can focus on recovery. Our panel of solicitor firms have aided Claimants affected by major accidents. Injuries and medical conditions considered to be catastrophic or serious include brain tumours and amputation.

Accidents at work

We have assisted claims for people, from forklift drivers to software trainers, to claim work accident compensation. Work accident figures for the Cornwall local authority made available under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Cornwall Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Unspecified7011271
Electrocution623
Machinery related injury352025
Exposed to fire532
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)18106
Fall from height655981
Animal related1383
Lifting228176152
Physical assault202519
Slip or trip247215192
Struck against311717
Struck by moving vehicle11911
Struck by object866175
Crushed by something collapsing335

St Austell No Win, No Fee Expert Lawyers

Lawyers taking care of St Austell injury claims in most cases work on a Conditional Fee Agreement, known as a No Win, No Fee agreement.

This No Win, No Fee agreement prevents the lawyer from being able to charge you any legal costs if the case is lost.

Our 100% No Win, No Fee guarantee

No Win, No Fee means that you will not owe anything if you lose your claim. With the Quittance network's No Win, No Fee, you will not be charged unexpected costs. Click here for more information about our No Win, No Fee.

What to do next

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Find out more about your claim

Making the right decision for you depends on the right information. Get your questions answered before you instruct a lawyer.

If you need more information before calling, try our FAQ section.

Ready to begin a compensation claim?

If you are ready to proceed, you can begin your claim by calling 0800 612 7456 or using our contact form.

Contact a member of Quittance's network of specialists for more detail about you claim. Call 0800 612 7456 or request a callback.