A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in Swindon or anywhere in the country, our experienced injury lawyers will assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

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 expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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Eligibility to claim

Claims for compensation must, in most cases, be made within three years.

In order to win a Swindon personal injury case, it must be shown 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.

Answers to your questions and useful guidance will be offered through a free phone consultation with a specialist lawyer.

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How much compensation can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Work accident claims in Swindon

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for self employed and employed people, from scaffolding erectors to seismic interpreters, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident data for the Swindon local authority are compiled in accordance with regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Swindon Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury100
Machinery related12135
Fire related010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. arsenic poisoning)612
Fall from height (scaffolding)192018
Injured by an animal414
Lifting and handling injuries1326363
Physical assault887
Slip, trip, fall same level898478
Struck against17163
Hit by vehicle969
Struck by object463117
Trapped by something collapsing011

See: Injured at work compensation claims

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Road traffic accident claims in Swindon

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of road traffic accident (RTA) litigators have a wealth of experience in securing the highest general and special damages for people hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Swindon.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Swindon are not uncommon with statistics showing a total of 521 accidents (452 slight accidents, 61 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Swindon council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 550. Accidents in the Swindon region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the B4006 and A4312 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A4312 and A313 junction.

See: Road accident claims

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Other claims

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from bladder cancer to toluene exposure.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Reported figures demonstrate that employee slips and trips are by some margin the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Wiltshire workplace. These types of accident are quite often the forerunner to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes like being struck by machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Swindon local authority) legal claims for injuries such as sprained wrists occurring on pavement cracks are also quite common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened in the local area.

Swindon serious injury compensation claims

Quittance's team recognise the vital difference compensation makes to people who have been affected by serious and catastrophic injury. Compensation will lessen the financial load on an injured person and their family so they can focus on recovery. Our panel of solicitors work with insurers and the Courts, helping to ensure claimants affected by severe accidents get medical and financial support. Injuries and illnesses which are considered to be serious and catastrophic range from head injuries to amputation.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Medical negligence in Swindon

When a patient suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of injury compensation. For example, to make a formal complaint against Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

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Swindon 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 Swindon and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet our team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Swindon, from whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Meet the 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 does Quittance have of winning claims in Swindon?

Quittance is a national network of specialist personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Swindon, Wiltshire and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we helped hundreds of people throughout Wiltshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including ladder accidents and car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and expert advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to represent you

Finding the best legal expert for your legal matter is the most important step towards receiving the best compensation settlement.

How do you make certain you select the most appropriate firm for your case?

Swindon personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can vary to a large extent.

Reviews can certainly be informative if you are trying to decide which solicitor to go with.

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The contrast in the amount of insurance premiums and success fees between different firms working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) often surprises prospective claimants.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of ?19,288 for elbow injuries causing some long term problems can vary from ?11,573 to ?16,395.

Additional reading How to compare personal injury solicitors

Are Swindon claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally 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.

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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