A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Totnes or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers will manage your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like RSI may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

For most claims, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives you a good idea of your potential compensation award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Totnes

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Totnes are relatively frequent. Officially reported accident data shows 2 fatal accidents, 51 serious accidents and 311 slight accidents in 2013 in Torbay (Total events were 364 council area. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 363.

Quittance's network of best of breed road traffic accident (RTA) lawyers have vast experience in securing the best settlements for people who have sustained an injury in a car accident in Totnes.

Further information: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Totnes

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from scaffolding erectors to trade union research officers, to claim compensation. Accident at work statistics for the Torbay local authority made available in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the HSE in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Torbay Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
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

Further information: Accident at work claims

Other types of claim

Serious injury

The Quittance team recognise the difference a successful claim can make to the lives of people whose lives have been impacted by serious and catastrophic injury. Quittance's team work to get the maximum compensation for serious injury and illness, including compensation for physiotherapy and treatment. Quittance's network of law firms correspond with medical professionals and the Courts to make sure families affected by serious accidents and injuries get the legal and medical support they need.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

Slips and trips

Officially reported figures underline the fact that slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Devon workplace. These types of accident are often related to accidents categorised as something else like being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like sprained wrists experienced on obstructed pathways are also quite common with kerb stone trips having occurred in the local area.

Clinical and medical negligence in Totnes

When a person suffers injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP, nurse 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 NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to raise a complaint against Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon.

Further information: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries ranging from NIHL to solvent exposure.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Totnes 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 Totnes and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Totnes, from fast track whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.

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 your track record of handling claims in Totnes?

We are a national panel of expert personal injury solicitors that helps injured people in Totnes, Devon and throughout the country, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of claimants across Devon get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including building site accidents and car accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Locating the right personal injury lawyer

Instructing the most appropriate injury lawyer to help you is a key step towards obtaining the most compensation for your accident.

What is the best way to make certain you instruct the best law firm for your case?

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for mild tinnitus with some hearing loss, for example, ranges from ?10,175 to ?12,100 (based on 2015 market data).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Comparing injury solicitors in Totnes - online reviews

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

Will you need to go with a local Totnes solicitor ?

Going for a local law firm is not so relevant as cases are normally run by phone, post and email.

You will need to select a firm that has medical facilities near Totnes as claimants will have to attend a medical examination.

More : What is the process for attending a medical?

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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