A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Stafford or anywhere else in the UK, wecan 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?

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.

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.

Making an injury claim

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

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.

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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?

Injury compensation claims Quittance conducts in Stafford

It is possible to claim compensation for a range of injury and illness in Stafford and throughout Staffordshire. Quittance have assisted with injuries and illness including:

Medical negligence in Stafford

Medical negligence - correctly called Clinical Negligence - is the legal term a breach in the duty of care on the part of a General Practitioner or any other healthcare professional. Quittance's panel of injury solicitors covering Stafford have handled legal action made against infirmaries and hospitals including Rowley Hall Hospital, Rowley Avenue, Stafford, ST17 9AQ.

Road traffic accidents in Stafford

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 in negotiating the best general and special damages for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Stafford.

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.

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.

Accidents at work

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

Stafford No Win, No Fee Expert Lawyers

When your lawyer does not win claim, a No Win, No Fee agreement with the lawyer states that their fees are not payable. Should you be successful, the fees for your solicitor must be settled by the other side.

Can Claimants get 100% No Win, No Fee

Quittance's network of solicitors guarantee that No Win, No Fee means you shall never have to pay your lawyer's legal costs should the injury claim be unsuccessful.

Read more about Quittance's No Win, No Fee here

Next steps

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

Get further information

Before you choose to instruct a lawyer arm yourself with information about the process. The right information will help you make the best choice.

Find more answers online without needing to pick up the phone. See our frequently asked questions here.

Start a personal injury claim

Call an injury lawyer on 0800 612 7456 to commence a claim for compensation, alternatively you can start the claim for compensation online here.

Quittance's team of personal injury specialists are here to help. Need more information? You can request a no-obligation callback or phone 0800 612 7456 today.