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?

Updated: September 22, 2016

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.

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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.

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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

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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
Other141416
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
Lifting482525
Assault313
Slip, trip, fall same level542538
Struck against722
Hit by vehicle131
Hit by falling object191214
Crushed by something collapsing203

Read more: Work accident claim

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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 describes when someone is injured as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want closure rather than financial compensation. For example, you can write to Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, to make a complaint against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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

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Wallingford 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 Wallingford and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the team

The national network of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Wallingford, from fast track cases to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their winning track record.

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
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Have Quittance solicitors handled many Wallingford claims?

Quittance is a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps claimants in Wallingford, Oxfordshire and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in Oxfordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and accidents at work.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean making a claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.

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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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

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?

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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