A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Sutton Coldfield or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 16, 2016

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for compensation should be made within a three-year window in most cases.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident or work-related illness, making a successful claim will involve three issues. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

The lawyer should look at how your claim will relate to each of these points.

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Calculate my compensation

The personal injury compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our online claim calculator gives you an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Sutton Coldfield

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of skilled road traffic accident personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in getting the best compensation for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Sutton Coldfield.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Sutton Coldfield are not uncommon. Official statistics show a total of 3315 accidents (2913 slight accidents, 373 serious accidents and 29 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Birmingham local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 3,584.

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Work accident claims in Sutton Coldfield

Worker injured in accident

We have helped Claimants injured at work, from nurses to sports development officers, to claim injury compensation. Work injury statistics for the Birmingham local authority made available under legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Birmingham Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined217171150
Electric shock injury1236
Machinery related injury644243
Explosives related321
Exposed to fire222
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)292313
Fall from height (ladder)12481106
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)14105
Lifting and handling injuries595350361
Physical attack175134128
Slip, trip, fall same level555489374
Struck against646150
Hit by vehicle533119
Hit by object190127145
Trapped by something collapsing385

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Other claims we handle

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government statistics stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent cause of injury at work in Birmingham and the Black Country. They are sometimes lead to injuries categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by an object falling from a building, being trapped by something collapsing or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place (Birmingham local authority) litigation for injuries such as pulled muscles suffered on pavement cracks are also quite common with recent slips having happened recently.

Medical negligence in Sutton Coldfield

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when someone is injured as the result of the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are just looking for answers instead of a compensation award, you can raise a formal complaint. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Trust Headquarters, 3, Priestley Wharf, Holt Street, Birmingham, West Midlands.

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Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from workplace cancer to PCB exposure.

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Sutton Coldfield solicitors for serious injury claims

We understand the critical difference an injury claim will make to the lives of seriously injured Claimants. Compensation will ease the impact of bills other financial issues and reduce stress so an injured Claimant and their dependants so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of solicitors have helped Claimants recover damages for many catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries referred to as serious and catastrophic range from spinal cord damage to mesothelioma.

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Sutton Coldfield 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 Sutton Coldfield and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet our team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Sutton Coldfield and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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 winning claims in Sutton Coldfield?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists people in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped 100's of injured claimants in the West Midlands seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents on public transport to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process as easy and 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 do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

It can take several months for the majority of claims to reach a conclusion. Cases involving serious injury or disputed liability can take much longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

Solicitor reviews in Sutton Coldfield - What to look for

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. 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.

Are Sutton Coldfield Claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a law firm near you.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

The variation in the level of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements often surprises prospective Claimants.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful Claimant awarded ?78,303 for a severe foot injury could conceivably vary from ?46,982 to ?66,558.

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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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