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.

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.

Making a personal injury claim

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

Considerable legislation is in place to give support to people planning to make a claim, and our network of personal injury lawyers have years of experience giving advice to clients on the strength of their claims.

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.

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.

Compensation cases our panel of lawyers conducts

It is possible to make a claim for a range of injuries in Swansea. Our team can assist with injuries and illness including:

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.

Medical negligence in Swansea

Medical negligence - which is more accurately called 'clinical negligence' - is the term used to describe a breach of duty by a hospital or other healthcare professional. Our highly experienced panel of lawyers covering Wales and Swansea have helped people with claims brought against hospitals that include Cefn Coed Hospital, Cockett, Swansea, SA2 0GH.

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.

Road traffic accidents (RTA) in Swansea

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.

Accidents in the workplace

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

Industrial disease

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

Swansea No Win, No Fee Expert Lawyers

No Win, No Fee agreements, or Conditional Fee Agreements, cover injured Claimants from a requirement to settle their legal fees if the compensation claim is not won.

100% No Win, No Fee

No Win, No Fee means that there is nothing to pay if the claim is unsuccessful. With Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee, there is no risk of being charged extra costs and there will be no catch hiding in the small print.

Read more about No Win, No Fee here

What should you do next?

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Get your questions answered

Before you decide to instruct your lawyer arm yourself with information about making a claim. This will help you make the best decision for you.

If you need more information before calling, see our FAQ section.

Ready to start your claim?

Once you have decided to proceed, you can begin your claim by calling 0800 612 7456 (0333 344 6575 from mobiles) or via the contact form.

Our team of personal injury specialists look forward to helping you. If you have further questions, you can call us on 0800 612 7456 or request a free callback today.