A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Thrapston or anywhere in the country, our experienced personal injury solicitors are able to manage your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 25, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Injury claims should usually be made within 3 years of the injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these situations.

Whether a claim is being made for a work-related illness or road accident, making a successful claim has three key components. It must be proven that:

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

The lawyer will discuss these key points and will explain how they apply to your claim.

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How much can I claim?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Thrapston

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of qualified no win no fee personal injury lawyers are experienced in fighting for the highest general and special damages for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Thrapston.

See: Road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Thrapston

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from electricians to tourist information managers, to seek financial compensation. Injury and illness statistics for the Kettering local authority are listed in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Kettering Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known322024
Electric shock injury010
Machinery related injury1297
Fire related (e.g. burns)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)411
Fall from height (scaffolding)171612
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)111
Lifting and handling injuries594438
Physical assault1374
Slip, trip, fall same level513946
Struck against1247
Struck by moving vehicle882
Hit by falling object251517
Trapped under falling object022

See: Accident at work claims

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Other types of claim

Serious injury

We understand the difference injury compensation will make to the lives of severely injured Claimants.

Damages will ease the financial burden and reduce the pressure on an injured Claimant so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of expert solicitor firms have aided people claim compensation for numerous major injuries and conditions. Injuries and illnesses referred to as catastrophic or serious include lung cancer and amputation.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Saftey Executive data expose the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Northamptonshire. These types of accident are sometimes connected to injuries recorded in another category like being hit by another person, a fall from height or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability cases for injuries like facial scarring happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with street falls having occurred recently.

Medical negligence in Thrapston

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient is injured as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong rather than a compensation award, you can raise a formal complaint. To make a complaint against Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Kettering General Hospital, Rothwell Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

See: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help Claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illness ranging from dermatitis claims to PCB exposure.

See: Industrial disease claims

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

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet the team

Quittance's national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Thrapston, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning claims, 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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Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Thrapston?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of specialist solicitors that helps injured people in Thrapston, Northamptonshire and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Northamptonshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents due to poor road conditions and part-time worker injuries.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and expert advice, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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FAQs

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.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your claim

It can take several months for most minor injury claims to reach a conclusion. Matters where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take longer. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

Are Thrapston Claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

You do not need to pick a law firm near you.

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

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

The contrast in the level of personal injury success fees and insurance premiums between solicitors is enormous.

For example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person who was awarded ?78,304 for a severe foot injury might vary from ?46,982 to ?66,558.

Further reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Comparing injury solicitors in Thrapston - online reviews

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

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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