A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Torquay or anywhere in the UK, our experienced lawyers will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim?

Updated: September 9, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, we can help you make an injury claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury in the majority of cases.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Torquay or slip or trip, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It needs to be demonstrated 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.

Starting your claim as soon as possible will enable statements from witnesses to be gathered by the solicitor.

How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

Work accident claims in Torquay

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted self employed and employed Claimants, from carpenters to veterinary surgeons, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work accident data in the Torquay local authority are listed under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in Torbay Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
General182812
Machinery related633
Explosion related (e.g. dust)110
Fire related (e.g. burns)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)804
Fall from height (ladder)16915
Lifting and carrying582730
Physical assault866
Slip, trip or fall613939
Struck against966
Struck by moving vehicle052
Hit by object1997
Crushed by something collapsing100

Find out more: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Torquay

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of best of breed personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in getting optimum compensation for Claimants who have sustained an injury in a car accident in Torquay.

Accidents involving vehicles in Torquay are relatively frequent. Government statistics reveal a total of 364 accidents (311 slight accidents, 51 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Torbay local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 363.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip and trip accidents

Government statistics demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of injury in the Devon workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are frequently the initiators of injuries filed under a different category like being struck by moving machinery, a carrying injury or an asphyxiation accident. Public place cases for injuries like fractured wrists experienced on obstructed pathways are also quite common with pavement trips having happened in the area.

Serious injury specialists acting in Torquay

The Courts recognise that serious injuries have a significant impact on an injured Claimant. Our panel of expert lawyers work hard for compensation for severe injuries. This includes claiming for physiotherapy and treatment. Our panel of solicitors work with medical experts, insurers and the legal system ensuring families affected by major accidents get the support they need. Injuries and illnesses which are considered by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include birth negligence and brain tumours.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from radiation exposure to pleural thickening.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Torquay

When a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you only want a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to financial damages, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to make a formal complaint against Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Hengrave House, Torbay Hospital, Newton Road, Torquay, Devon.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Torquay 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 Torquay and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Torquay, from fast track whiplash cases to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their specialist knowledge.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

What experience do your solicitors have of claims in Torquay?

We are a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Torquay, Devon and across the country, recover injury compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Devon seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents in the workplace.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How to approach choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to handle your claim

Compensation for a claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be paid. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your legal representative should be someone you can trust throughout your claim to offer expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

The difference in success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different solicitors is surprising.

For example the amount retained by a Claimant who was awarded ?81,028 for deafness can range from ?48,617 to ?68,873.

Further reading How much can you claim?

Do you need to choose a local solicitor ?

Choosing a nearby law firm is not so important as injury cases are normally managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to go with a firm that provides medical facilities near Torquay as Claimants will almost always be expected to go to a medical exam.

See - Will I have to attend a medical?

Comparing Torquay personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach taken by individual 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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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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