A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in Stourbridge or anywhere in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will always set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a compensation claim?

Updated: September 12, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

People with certain illnesses or conditions like asbestosis may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what is important in such cases.

To win a Stourbridge personal injury case, your lawyer 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.

Getting your claim started sooner should allow your solicitor to collect useful supporting evidence.

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How much compensation could I get?

The compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our online claim calculator gives an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Work accident claims in Stourbridge

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from hotel workers to statisticians, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident figures for the Dudley local authority are published under reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in Dudley Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified614643
Electric shock211
Machinery related321041
Fire related (e.g. scars)401
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)934
Fall from height312928
Animal related (e.g. livestock)021
Lifting and carrying15883113
Physical assault241721
Slip or trip14413495
Struck against18187
Struck by moving vehicle795
Struck by object692640

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Road traffic accident claims in Stourbridge

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Stourbridge are reasonably common with a total of 549 accidents (447 slight accidents, 94 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dudley local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 622. Accidents in Stourbridge in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A458 and A4036 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A461 and A491 crossroads.

Quittance's panel of expert road traffic accident personal injury solicitors are experienced in achieving the highest compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Stourbridge.

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Other injury claims

Stourbridge solicitors for serious injury claims

The lasting impact of serious injury is understood by insurers and the Courts when they are determining a claim. Quittance's team work to get maximum compensation for serious injuries. This includes claiming for physiotherapy and treatment.

Quittance's network of expert lawyers have for many years helped people affected by major accidents.

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Slips and trips

Officially recorded data demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common accident at work in Birmingham and the Black Country in 2014/15. These types of accident are quite often the precursor to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by a runaway vehicle or a fire related accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries like strained muscles occurring on obstructed footpaths are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having happened recently.

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from NIHL to pneumoconiosis.

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Medical negligence in Stourbridge

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened rather than injury compensation. For example, you can write to Trust Headquarters, 3, Priestley Wharf, Holt Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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Stourbridge No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Stourbridge and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Stourbridge, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their winning track record and their professionalism.

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
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What experience do you have of claims in Stourbridge?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that assists claimants in Stourbridge, West Midlands and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants in the West Midlands get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and slips and trips at work.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.

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FAQs

Can I get 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 you will never be out of pocket.

How to choose the best personal injury lawyer for your claim

Usually a claim will take some months to reach a conclusion. For serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but service levels can vary.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is vital.

Do I need a local Stourbridge solicitor ?

The location of a solicitors office is not important as injury cases are, as a matter of course, handled remotely.

You will need to instruct a law firm that has national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will usually need to attend a medical examination.

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Comparing injury solicitors in Stourbridge - online reviews

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

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 severe tinnitus, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?23,980 to ?36,850 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?".

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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