A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Warwickshire or anywhere else in the UK, our solicitors will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a injury claim?

Updated: September 14, 2016

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, Quittance can assist you with a claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for personal injury compensation must usually be made within a 3-year window.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident or work-related illness, making a successful claim has three key elements. It must be proven that:

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

A brief, no-obligation consultation with a Warwickshire-specialist lawyer will give information and useful advice.

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Compensation Calculator

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Warwickshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Warwickshire are common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 1944 accidents (1656 slight accidents, 265 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Warwick council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,261. Accidents in the Warwickshire area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the slip road of the A46 and A452 roundabout and on the A46 and A429 roundabout.

Our panel of qualified no win no fee personal injury lawyers are experienced in obtaining the best damages for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Warwickshire.

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Work accident claims in Warwickshire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from members of the army to training and development officers, to claim work accident compensation. Work accident statistics for the Warwick local authority are listed under legislation by the Government in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Warwick Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported222822
Electrocution100
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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Other claims we handle

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) figures show that employee slips and trips are still the most frequent accident at work in West Midlands in 2014/15. They are often the precursor to accidents categorised as another type of accident for instance being hit by an object falling from a machine or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability claims for injuries like strained muscles occurring on obstructed walkways are also quite common with pavement trips having occurred recently.

Industrial disease

Litigators can help with claiming compensation for industrial illness ranging from allergic contact dermatitis to mercury poisoning.

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Serious injury solicitors acting in Warwickshire

The lasting effect of serious and catastrophic injury will be understood by Courts and insurance companies when working out compensation.

Compensation should ease the financial load and reduce the pressure on an injured Claimant and their family so they can focus on rehabilitation. Our network of expert solicitors have helped families collect compensation for many chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries and illnesses referred to as catastrophic or serious include serious psychiatric harm, brain tumours and lung cancer.

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Medical negligence in Warwickshire

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You can raise a formal complaint if you only want the hospital to explain what happened rather than financial damages. For example, to raise a complaint against Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, you can contact Wayside House, Wilsons Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire.

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Warwickshire No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Warwickshire and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Warwickshire, from less severe claims to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are selected for their track record in winning claims and their knowledge and expertise.

Meet more of the Quittance team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do you have of claims in Warwickshire?

We are a nationwide panel of specialist solicitors that assists people in Warwickshire and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted 100's of claimants throughout Warwickshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from cycling accidents to factory accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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FAQs

Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer for your compensation claim

Compensation for a claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be paid. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not responsible for many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on throughout your claim to offer expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

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 severe wrist injuries causing loss of function of the wrist, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?38,500 to ?48,400 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.

Are Warwickshire Claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

As with many professional services, you do not need to choose a lawyer near you.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Read Warwickshire solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can vary.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be instructive if you are trying to decide which solicitor to choose.

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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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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