A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you live in Wallingford or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced lawyers will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our expert solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Personal injury claims must be made within a three-year window in the majority of cases.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as asbestosis may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date of diagnosis is what is important in such cases.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident or work-related illness, there are three key components to a successful personal injury claim. It needs to be demonstrated that:

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

In all cases, a short, free call with an expert Wallingford lawyer will provide information and invaluable guidance.

Compensation Calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded depends on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

Road traffic accident claims in Wallingford

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of certified no win no fee personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in obtaining the best awards for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Wallingford.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Wallingford are not uncommon. Government statistics reveal a total of 1962 accidents (1635 slight accidents, 308 serious accidents and 19 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Oxfordshire council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,201. Incidents in the Wallingford area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A4074 and B4009 junction and on the A4130 and A4074 roundabout.

Read more: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Wallingford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for injured Claimants, from catering assistants to systems designers, to seek financial compensation. Injury and illness statistics in the South Oxfordshire local authority are listed under RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Work accidents in South Oxfordshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Machinery related injury746
Explosion related010
Fire related200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)224
Fall from height16137
Animal related211
Slip, trip, fall same level542538
Struck against722
Hit by vehicle131
Hit by falling object191214
Crushed by something collapsing203

Read more: Work accident claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury solicitors in Wallingford

We recognise the critical difference a successful claim makes to the lives of people impacted by severe injury. Quittance's network of lawyers fight to get compensation for major injuries, which includes damages for medical and care costs.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive data underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the most common accident in the Oxfordshire workplace. These types of accident are quite often connected to injuries classified under another heading e.g. being hit by hand tools in use, being trapped by something collapsing or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place (South Oxfordshire local authority) accident claims injuries like broken ankles suffered on raised flagstones are also common with street trips having happened in the area.

Clinical negligence in Wallingford

Medical negligence - more properly referred to as clinical negligence - is where an illness or injury is associated with a breach of duty on the part of a healthcare professional. Our specialist panel of personal injury solicitors covering Wallingford have handled claims filed against NHS and private hospitals including Wallingford Community Hospital, Reading Road, Wallingford, OX10 9DU.

Read more: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help Claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that range from industrial deafness to welders lung.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

How No Win, No Fee solicitors look after cases in Wallingford

No Win, No Fee agreements secure injured Claimants from a need to pay legal fees if the injury claim is not won.

Will there be hidden fees in the small print to account for?

No Win, No Fee should mean that there are no hidden fees and you will not have to pay anything if you lose your claim. With the Quittance network's No Win, No Fee, there is no risk of being charged extra costs. Click here for more about No Win, No Fee.

Frequently asked questions

How to approach choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your circumstances

Choosing the most appropriate PI lawyer to help you is your most important step towards getting the best compensation settlement for your accident.

How can you make sure you select the most appropriate legal practice for your needs?

Reviews for solicitors in Wallingford

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the quality of service taken by individual firms.

The diversity in the amount of personal injury fees charged by lawyers is enormous.

For example the amount retained by an injured person awarded ?79,516 for serious neck injuries involving fractures or damage to discs can vary from ?47,710 to ?67,589.

Additional reading - How much can you claim?

Do you need to instruct a local Wallingford lawyer ?

Going for a local lawyers office is less relevant as cases are, as a matter of course, handled by phone, post and email.

However, you should select a law firm that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as Claimants will usually have to attend a medical exam.

Read more - Can I attend a medical centre near me?