A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you are based in Stoke on Trent or anywhere in the UK, our personal injury solicitors are able to assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

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 expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in general damages and special damages.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Key criteria

Claims for compensation must usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

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

Starting your claim as soon as possible will allow your lawyer to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of factors. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Road traffic accident claims in Stoke On Trent

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of professional road traffic accident injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in getting maximum damages for anyone injured in a road accident in Stoke On Trent.

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Stoke On Trent are quite common. Official statistics show a total of 959 accidents (911 slight accidents, 44 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Stoke-on-Trent local authority. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 858. Incidents in the Stoke On Trent region in 2013 included collisions on the B5051 and A5272 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A50 and B5051 crossroads.

For more information: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Stoke On Trent

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for self employed and employed people, from electricians to sports development officers, to get the compensation they deserve.

For more information: Work accident claim

Other claims we handle

Medical and clinical negligence in Stoke On Trent

When a patient sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened as opposed to a compensation award. You can write to Queen's Hospital, Belvedere Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, for example, to make a complaint against Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence claims

Slips and trips

Official statistics indicate that slips and trips are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the West Midlands workplace. Slips and trips are sometimes the precursor to accidents attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by an object falling from a ladder, a fall from a ladder or a drowning accident. Public liability accident claims injuries, such as facial scarring happening on slippery pavements are also quite common with recent slips having happened in the area.

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with claiming compensation for industrial injuries including anything from radiation exposure to welders lung.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury lawyers acting in Stoke on Trent

The long-term impact of a serious injury will be understood by Courts and insurance companies when they are working out compensation. Quittance fight to achieve the maximum compensation for major injuries. This includes claiming for physiotherapy and treatment. Our panel of specialist solicitor firms have helped families collect compensation for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injuries and illnesses referred to as catastrophic or serious range from degloving injuries to lung disease.

For more information: Catastrophic injury claims

Stoke On Trent 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 Stoke On Trent and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Stoke on Trent, from less severe claims to life-changing clinical negligence. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Stoke on Trent?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of expert personal injury lawyers that assists people injured in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

In 2017, we have helped 100's of claimants in Staffordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including workplace accidents and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process 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. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

You will be liaising with your solicitor for a long period of time, from many months for less serious injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA regulate legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they do not regulate many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to rely on at every step of the process to offer compassionate practical advice and expert legal guidance.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for a serious wrist injury could vary between ?19,800 and ?31,625 (based on 2015 market research).

Check Stoke On Trent personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by lawyers can differ considerably.

Reading reviews can be informative when mulling over which lawyer to pick.

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Will you need to go with a local Stoke On Trent solicitor ?

The location of a solicitor is not critical as cases can be conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors' firm that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will usually be expected to attend a medical examination.

More details - Can I attend a medical centre near me?

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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