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?

Updated: September 9, 2016

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.

Eligibility to claim

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.

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.

Work accident claims in St Austell

Worker injured in accident

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

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

Road traffic accident claims in St Austell

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Find out more: Road accident claims

Other injury claims

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.

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.

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

Industrial disease

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

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

Medical negligence in St Austell

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong rather than financial compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to make a formal complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

St Austell 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 St Austell and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in St Austell, from more minor injury cases to long term illness. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their specialist expertise and their track record in winning cases.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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 St Austell?

We are a national network of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in St Austell, Cornwall and across the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Cornwall seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from workplace accidents to car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim is as stress-free 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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

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.

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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