A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Stafford or anywhere else in the UK, we can are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

Updated: September 15, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Key criteria

Claims must be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred in the majority of cases.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be proven that:

  • The Defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The Defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Calculate my compensation

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could win.

Work accident claims in Stafford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from metal workers to social researchers, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident information in the East Staffordshire local authority collated under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government:

Work accidents in Stafford Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Undefined282527
Electric shock002
Machinery related injury660
Exposed to explosion110
Exposed to fire121
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)503
Fall from height291919
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)231
Lifting and carrying744854
Assault21822
Slip or trip786154
Struck against749
Struck by moving vehicle763
Hit by object231615
Trapped by something collapsing011

For more information: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Stafford

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Stafford are relatively commonplace. Official statistics show a total of 2862 accidents (2697 slight accidents, 141 serious accidents and 24 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Staffordshire local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 3,083. Accidents in the Stafford region in 2013 included car crashes on the A34 and A518 roundabout and on the A34 and A5187 roundabout.

Quittance's network of road traffic accident injury solicitors are experienced in negotiating the best general and special damages for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Stafford.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Other types of claim

Slips and trips

Officially reported figures expose the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Staffordshire and the UK as a whole. They are often the initiators of injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a carrying injury or a toxic substance accident. Public liability accident claims injuries, such as sprained arms experienced on raised kerb stones are also quite prevalent with recent slips having happened in the area.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help Claimants with securing compensation for industrial illness that include anything from industrial deafness to solvent exposure.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Medical negligence in Stafford

When someone sustains an injury or illness due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are only looking for closure or answers rather than injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Trust Headquarters, St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford, Staffordshire.

For more information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Serious injury solicitors serving Stafford

The lasting effect of serious injury will be acknowledged by Courts when they are calculating compensation. By reducing the pressure a major injury puts on an injured Claimant, a successful claim allows Claimants to prioritise recovery. Quittance's panel of expert solicitors communicate with medical practitioners and the other side's legal representatives, helping to ensure people impacted by severe accidents receive legal and medical support.

For more information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Stafford 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 Stafford and across the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Stafford, from fast track claims to serious road injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their winning track record and their specialist expertise.

Meet more of the Quittance team: click here.

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

What experience do you have of injury claims in Stafford?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Stafford, Staffordshire and across the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Staffordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from injuries sustained at work to car passenger accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Finding the right personal injury lawyer for you

Instructing the best injury lawyer to help you is an important step towards receiving the best settlement or award for your injuries.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Stafford (according to the 2015 SRA database), what is the best way to make sure you select the most appropriate solicitors' practice to take on your case?

The variation in the level of fees between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is enormous.

To illustrate the point, the amount retained by a successful Claimant having been awarded ?67,110 for severe knee injuries can range from ?40,266 to ?57,043.

Additional reading Get a personal injury quote

Stafford personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary significantly.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can be enlightening if you are contemplating which lawyer to instruct.

Read more Quittance reviews

Will I need a local Stafford solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the law firm is not especially critical as injury cases are run remotely.

It is however necessary to go with a company that has medical facilities near you as you will have to go to a medical examination.

Read about - What is the process for attending a medical?

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.

Read more
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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