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?

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

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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.

Making a personal injury 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 these 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.

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.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

Which cases does Quittance conduct in Warwickshire and West Midlands?

It is possible to claim compensation for a wide range of injuries in Warwickshire. Our team can assist with injuries including:

Industrial disease

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

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.

Medical negligence in Warwickshire

Medical negligence - which is more properly known as Clinical Negligence - is where there has been a breach in the duty of care by a hospital or other medical provider. Our experienced panel of injury solicitors covering West Midlands and Warwickshire have handled claims brought against local hospitals that include Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital, The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW.

Road traffic accidents in Warwickshire

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.

Accidents in the workplace

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
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

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.

How No Win, No Fee lawyers look after claims for compensation in Warwickshire

When you win, the fees for your lawyer will be settled by the losing party (or their insurance company). If your lawyer loses the case, a No Win, No Fee agreement with your solicitor confirms that their fees will not be charged.

A 'success fee' is levied by lawyers that work under a No Win, No Fee agreement. This fee is generally 25% and is taken from your compensation.

Can Claimants get 100% No Win, No Fee

No Win, No Fee should mean that you will not owe anything if you lose your claim. With Quittance's No Win, No Fee, there is no catch in the small print whatsoever and there is no risk of losing out. Read more about No Win, No Fee

Next steps

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Get your questions answered

Before you decide to instruct a solicitor you should arm yourself with information. answers help you to make the best choice.

Get more answers online without being required to call a solicitor. See more frequently asked questions here.

Start a claim

Call an injury claims expert on 0800 612 7456 (0333 344 6575 from mobiles) to commence a compensation claim, or start the injury claim here.

Quittance's team of personal injury specialists are here to help. You can phone 0800 612 7456 or request a no-obligation callback.