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?

Updated: September 19, 2016

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, 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.

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

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.

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.

Work accident claims in St Ives

Worker injured in accident

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
Electrocution100
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

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Road traffic accident claims in St Ives

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

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Other claims we handle

Medical and clinical negligence in St Ives

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are only looking for answers as opposed to injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To raise a complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall.

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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.

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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.

Industrial disease

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

Read more about No win, no fee industrial disease claims

St Ives 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 St Ives and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in St Ives, from short-term injury cases to long term industrial disease. Our lawyers are chosen for their success rate in winning claims and their professionalism.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in St Ives?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists people injured in St Ives, Cornwall and across the country, obtain compensation.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of claimants in Cornwall seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including part-time worker injuries and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim is as stress-free 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.

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.

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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