A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in St Ives or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or ilness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

What is my claim worth?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

Making a claim

Considerable legislation is in place to give support to injured people who seek compensation, and Quittance's network of solicitors have many years of experience advising their clients regarding the strength of their claims.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such cases.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three key components to proving a claim. It needs to be proven 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

Answers and both practical and legal advice will be offered through a free phone consultation with a St Ives-specialist solicitor.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Instructing a suitable solicitors' practice to act for you is a key step towards obtaining the most compensation.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of St Ives (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority website in 2015), how do you ensure you choose the best law firm to act for you?

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For loss of smell, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from £20,185 to £26,620 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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?".

Do I need to instruct a local injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is not so critical as cases can be managed remotely.

However, you should select a company that offers national medical centres as you will almost always have to attend a medical exam.

More - Do I have to attend a medical?

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

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from formal and traditional to sympathetic. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Injury compensation cases we conduct in St Ives

It is possible to claim compensation for a broad range of injuries in St Ives. We can assist with injuries and medical conditions including:

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive figures reveal that employee slips and trips are still the most prevalent accident at work in Cornwall and the UK as a whole. Slips and trips are frequently the initiators of accidents categorised as something else like being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a carrying injury or a river drowning accident. Public place accident claims injuries like strained muscles occurring on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with dislodged paving slab trips having happened recently.

St Ives lawyers for serious injury compensation

The Courts understand that serious injuries have a significant impact on an affected individual. Damages will ease the financial load on a Claimant and their dependants enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Road traffic accidents (RTA) in St Ives

Our group of proficient litigators have a wealth of experience in securing optimum settlements for Claimants hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in St Ives.

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in St Ives are relatively common with statistics showing a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,907.

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from NIHL to Vibration White Finger.

Workplace accidents

We have assisted Claimants, from factory workers to special education teachers, to secure financial compensation awards. Accident at work data in the Huntingdonshire local authority made available in accordance with legislation by the HSE in the table below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Huntingdonshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported292936
Contact with machinery191714
Exposed to fire100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)306
Fall from height (ladder)171819
Animal related (e.g. livestock)314
Lifting and carrying874468
Physical assault22912
Slip or trip897462
Struck against765
Struck by moving vehicle330
Hit by object241726
Trapped by something collapsing111

Medical and clinical negligence in St Ives

Medical negligence (more properly referred to as clinical negligence) is the term used to describe a failure to carry out a responsibility by a medical professional, either NHS or private. A typical example could be a delayed diagnosis compensation claim. Quittance's panel of personal injury solicitors covering St Ives have been instructed on clinical negligence legal cases filed against hospitals including Newtown Centre, Newtown Centre, Nursery Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3RJ.

St Ives No Win, No Fee Expert Solicitors

Lawyers taking care of St Ives injury claims act on the basis of a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement, known as a No Win, No Fee agreement.

The agreement prevents your solicitor from charging any fees if they lose the case.

Will there be extra costs?

Quittance ensure that No Win, No Fee means you do not need to pay any of your lawyer's costs should you do not win your claim.

Read more about our No Win, No Fee

How to proceed

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

Get more information

Making the right decision depends on possessing the correct information. Get answers to your questions before you instruct a lawyer.

Get more answers online without being required to call a solicitor. Find more frequently asked questions here.

Start a injury claim

Call an injury claims expert on 0800 612 7456 to commence the claim for compensation, or you can start a injury claim here.

Speak to the Quittance panel of experts today for more information about the process. Request a free callback or phone us on 0800 612 7456.