A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Taunton or anywhere else in the UK, our solicitors will assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Compensation claims should usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

For the majority of injury claims, making a successful claim will involve three issues. It needs to be shown that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

In all cases, answers and invaluable guidance can be offered through a free phone consultation with an expert solicitor.

Calculate your compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our online calculator provides an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Taunton

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from hotel workers to veterinary nurses, to secure financial compensation awards. Work accident data in the Taunton Deane local authority are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in Taunton Deane Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known342123
Electric shock210
Machinery related784
Fire related001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)220
Fall from height111515
Animal related311
Physical attack151013
Slip, trip, fall same level664847
Struck against635
Struck by moving vehicle232
Hit by object211011

For more information: Injured at work claims

Road traffic accident claims in Taunton

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of accredited litigators are experienced in achieving optimum general and special damages for claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Taunton.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Taunton are relatively commonplace. Gov.uk statistics show 28 fatal accidents, 190 serious accidents and 1390 slight accidents in 2013 in Somerset (Total events were 1608 local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,623. Incidents in the Taunton region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A38 and A3065 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A3027 and A3038 junction.

For more information: Road accident claims

Other claims

Serious injury

We understand the vital difference a successful claim makes to people who have been impacted by major injury. By relieving the financial pressure severe injury puts on an injured person and their dependants, compensation helps individuals to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Our panel of expert lawyers have helped families recover damages for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious and catastrophic range from dioxin poisoning to brain injuries.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Medical and clinical negligence in Taunton

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want a better understanding of events instead of claiming compensation. You can write to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that range from bladder cancer to pneumoconiosis.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Reported statistics emphasise the fact that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Somerset. Slips, trips and falls are often the initiators of injuries filed under a different category like being hit by material under pressure or an electrocution accident. Public place cases for injuries such as broken wrists sustained on slippery pavements are also common with pothole trips having happened in the area.

Taunton 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 Taunton and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Taunton, from relatively minor claims to serious road injury claims. Selected because of their track record in recovering compensation, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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 Taunton?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of results-focussed solicitors that helps claimants in Taunton, Somerset and throughout the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants in Somerset seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to part-time worker injuries.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 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 that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

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

Instructing the most suitable law firm to help you is the most important step towards achieving the most compensation.

With some over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Taunton (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015 database), how do you ensure you instruct the best solicitors' practice to instruct?

Will you need to go with a local Taunton lawyer ?

The location of a solicitors office is not particularly critical as cases now tend to be managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to instruct a company with national medical centres as claimants will almost always be expected to go to a medical exam.

More details - What is the process for attending a medical?

Reviews for lawyers in Taunton

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The contrast in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums between different solicitors is vast

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a claimant awarded ?6,103 for a minor head injury can range from ?3,662 to ?5,188.

Additional reading : How much compensation can you claim?

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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