A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you live in Torfaen or anywhere in the UK, our injury lawyers can handle your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

Updated: September 13, 2016

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as noise-induced deafness are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such circumstances.

To win a Torfaen personal injury case, it must be proven 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.

A short, no-obligation phone consultation with an injury lawyer can provide answers to your questions and useful guidance.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could win.

Road traffic accident claims in Torfaen

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of knowledgeable road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors have years of experience in securing the best compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle crash in Torfaen.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Torfaen are relatively frequent. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 143 accidents (121 slight accidents, 19 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Torfaen local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 188.

Further information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Torfaen

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for Claimants, from plasterers to traders, to seek financial compensation. Accident data for the Torfaen local authority collated under reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Torfaen Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined111816
Electric shock injury101
Machinery related injury773
Fire related (e.g. scars)030
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)240
Fall from height1298
Injured by an animal410
Lifting and handling injuries542840
Assault1012
Slip, trip, fall same level463648
Struck against873
Struck by moving vehicle122
Struck by object171418

Further information: Accident at work claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical negligence in Torfaen

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a person is injured or becomes ill due to the carelessness of a GP or other health worker. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you just want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can write to Headquarters, Lodge Road, Caerleon, Newport, for example, to make a complaint against Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Further information: Clinical negligence claims

Slip and trip injuries

Health and Safety statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are by far the most frequent cause of injury at work in Wales. These types of accident are typically forerunner to injuries attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by a falling object, when helping another person or an exposure to fire accident. Public place claims for injuries like broken arms happening on raised kerb stones are also quite prevalent with recent incidents having occurred in the area.

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help with getting compensation for industrial illnesses that range from chemical poisoning to pesticide poisoning.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury

Quittance's team understand the vital change compensation can make to the lives of seriously injured Claimants. By reducing the stress serious injury imposes on an injured person and their dependants, a claim allows Claimants to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

Torfaen No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Torfaen and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Torfaen, from less severe claims to long term industrial disease. Our lawyers are selected for their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the QLS 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 Torfaen?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of specialist solicitors that helps injured people in Torfaen and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants in Torfaen get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from scaffolding accidents to car passenger accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward 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. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Finding a suitable solicitor to represent you is a key step towards obtaining the best compensation award.

How do you make sure you choose the most appropriate solicitors' practice for your needs?

What should be considered when checking Torfaen solicitor reviews?

Speaking to a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

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 minor eye injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?3,190 to ?7,040 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Are Torfaen Claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick 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.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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