A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Swansea or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert lawyers can handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our expert solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

In order to win a Swansea personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Starting your claim as soon as possible should allow the solicitor to gather evidence and witness statements.

Find out how much you can claim

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Swansea

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of best of breed road traffic accident injury lawyers have years of experience in negotiating maximum general and special damages for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle crash in Swansea.

Accidents involving all vehicles in Swansea are relatively common. Official statistics show 6 fatal accidents, 61 serious accidents and 579 slight accidents in 2013 in Swansea (Total events were 646 local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 603. Accidents in Swansea in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A4217 and B5444 junction and on the dual carriageway of the A483 and A4118 crossroads.

Read more: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Swansea

Worker injured in accident

We have helped contractors, self employed or employed people hurt in an accident, from kitchen workers to social workers, to claim compensation. Accident figures in the Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority are detailed under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in Swansea Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock102
Machinery related injury17116
Explosion related101
Exposed to fire200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)652
Fall from height291824
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)333
Lifting and handling injuries1339273
Slip, trip or fall149110109
Struck against1168
Hit by vehicle936
Hit by object533228
Trapped underneath something100

Read more: Accident at work compensation claims

Other claims we handle

Slips, trips and falls

Officially recorded data expose the fact that slips and trips are by some margin the most frequent accident at work in Wales. These types of accident are often the initiators of accidents attributed to other causes such as being hit by hand tools in use, when helping another person or a lake drowning accident. Public place claims for injuries such as facial scarring sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with pothole trips having happened recently.

Medical negligence in Swansea

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, you can write to 1 Talbot Gateway, Baglan Energy Park, Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with getting compensation for industrial illness that include anything from respiratory diseases to siderosis.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Swansea serious injury compensation

The Courts understand that serious injuries can have a life-altering impact on an injured claimant. By relieving the financial pressure severe injury places on an injured claimant and their dependants, an injury claim allows people to prioritise their rehabilitation. Our panel of expert law firms have for many years helped claimants affected by serious accidents. Injury and illness held to be catastrophic or serious include serious psychiatric harm and multiple fractures.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Swansea 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 Swansea and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Swansea, from relatively minor claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, QLS's solicitors have years of 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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Swansea?

We are a UK-wide panel of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Swansea and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants across Swansea get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and car passenger accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your claim?

Instructing the most suitable lawyer to act for you is a critical step towards achieving the best settlement or award.

how can you make certain you instruct the most appropriate law firm to represent you?

What should you consider when comparing Swansea solicitor reviews?

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

Does the location of the lawyer matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a lawyer near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. 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 a moderate thumb injury, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?7,810 to ?10,175 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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