A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Warwick or anywhere else in the UK, Quittance can are able to assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a 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, we can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis, is what starts the three-year time limit in such cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it should be demonstrated that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Starting your claim sooner should enable your solicitor to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

What is my claim worth?

The financial compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Warwick

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from bricklayers to veterinary surgeons, to claim work accident compensation. Accident statistics for the Warwick local authority are published under regulations by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in Warwick Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported222822
Machinery related1189
Exposed to explosion001
Exposed to fire010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)751
Fall from height12822
Animal related (e.g. livestock)321
Lifting and handling injuries925058
Physical assault844
Slip, trip or fall866071
Struck against1157
Hit by vehicle567
Hit by falling object381418
Trapped under falling object011

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Road traffic accident claims in Warwick

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of professional injury solicitors are experienced in negotiating optimum compensation for claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Warwick.

Accidents involving vehicles in Warwick are reasonably common. Police reporters reveal that there were 23 fatal accidents, 265 serious accidents and 1656 slight accidents in 2013 in Warwick (Total events were 1944 local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,261. Accidents in Warwick in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A429 and A445 crossroads and on the A425 and A429 roundabout.

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Other injury claims

Clinical negligence in Warwick

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient suffers injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP or other medical professional. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for closure or answers as opposed to claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick, Warwickshire, to make a complaint against South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

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Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from mesothelioma to Vibration White Finger.

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Slip and trip injuries

Government figures expose the fact that slips and trips are the single most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Warwickshire and the UK in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are frequently forerunner to injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by material under pressure, a fall from height or a harmful substance accident. Public liability cases for injuries such as sprained ankles sustained on raised kerb stones are also common with falls having happened in the area.

Serious injury

The effect of serious injury will be acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when calculating a claim.

The Quittance team work to achieve compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

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Warwick 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 Warwick and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

Our nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Warwick and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen for their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.

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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 claims in Warwick?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Warwick, Warwickshire and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Warwickshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents in the office to car accidents.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, 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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be paid. The SRA regulate legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your legal representative should be someone you can rely on throughout the claims process to offer practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

What should you look for when checking reviews for solicitors in Warwick?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to formal and traditional. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Do you have to choose a law firm in Warwick?

Many injury lawyers operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

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 ankle injuries causing some permanent problems, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?11,110 to ?21,505 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

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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