A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Staffordshire or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

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Eligibility to claim

Claims for compensation must be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury in the majority of cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

The solicitor will look at how each of these points relates to your injury claim.

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How much compensation could I get?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Staffordshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of knowledgeable no win, no fee litigators have decades of experience in securing optimum compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Staffordshire.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Staffordshire are relatively frequent. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 2862 accidents (2697 slight accidents, 141 serious accidents and 24 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Staffordshire council area. In 2014 the total had increased to 3,083.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

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Work accident claims in Staffordshire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from carpenters to sales executives, to secure financial compensation awards. Injury and illness statistics for the East Staffordshire local authority made available in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in East Staffordshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury878
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)001
Fire related (e.g. burns)100
Harmful substance related354
Fall from height (ladder)241211
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)202
Lifting and handling injuries785250
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)707160
Struck against1866
Hit by vehicle565
Hit by object323021
Trapped under falling object100

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Other types of claim

Serious injury

Courts understand that a serious injury has a major impact on an individual and their family. Quittance's network of specialist solicitors fight to get compensation for serious injuries. This includes reimbursement for private medical treatment and case costs.

Find out more: Serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help claimants with securing compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from chemical poisoning to mercury poisoning.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Slip and trip accidents

Officially reported figures reveal that slips and trips are by far the most frequent accident at work in West Midlands. Slips, trips and falls are quite often related to accidents recorded in another category for instance being hit by an object falling from a building, a fall from a ladder or an asphyxiation accident. Public place (East Staffordshire local authority) litigation for injuries like broken ankles experienced on pavement cracks are also common with pavement trips having occurred in the local area.

Clinical negligence in Staffordshire

Medical negligence is the term used when a person is injured or becomes ill due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of injury compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact Queen's Hospital, Belvedere Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, to make a complaint against Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Medical negligence claim

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Staffordshire No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Staffordshire and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Staffordshire, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience does Quittance have of winning claims in Staffordshire?

Quittance is a national network of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Staffordshire and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Staffordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to car accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process as stress-free as possible.

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Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your injury?

Identifying a suitable legal representation for your legal case is an important step towards receiving the highest settlement or award.

With approximately 100 offices within a 25 radius of Staffordshire (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015) - how can you ensure you select the best firm to act for you?

Will you need a local lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is not relevant as injury cases are run by phone, post and email.

You will need to go with a solicitors practice that has national medical centres as you will usually need to attend a medical examination.

Read more - Can I attend a medical centre near me?

The disparity in the amount of fees between different law firms often surprises claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?49,290 for leg fractures can vary from ?29,574 to ?41,896.

See : Get a personal injury quote

Check Staffordshire solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by solicitors can differ.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be informative if you are trying to decide which lawyer to go with.

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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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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