A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Waterbeach or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers can handle your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 18, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our expert solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims for compensation must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what is important in such circumstances.

Whether a claim is being made for a slip, trip or work accident in Waterbeach, making a successful claim involves three components. It needs to be demonstrated that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Making your claim sooner should allow the solicitor to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

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Calculate my compensation

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Waterbeach

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of accredited litigators have decades of experience in achieving the best settlements for people hurt in a car accident in Waterbeach.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Waterbeach are relatively common. Police reporters reveal that there were 28 fatal accidents, 277 serious accidents and 1664 slight accidents in 2013 in Cambridgeshire (Total events were 1969 local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,049.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

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Work accident claims in Waterbeach

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants, from members of the air force to technical sales engineers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work injury figures for the South Cambridgeshire local authority are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in South Cambridgeshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined261821
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related injury547
Fire related (e.g. burns)010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)642
Fall from height161913
Injured by an animal311
Lifting and carrying584534
Physical assault131619
Slip, trip, fall same level544441
Struck against944
Struck by moving vehicle613
Struck by object201216
Crushed by something collapsing100

Find out more: Accident at work claims

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Other types of claim

Clinical and medical negligence in Waterbeach

Clinical negligence describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you only want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. To make a complaint against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Hills Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government figures underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the single most prevalent accident at work in Cambridgeshire. They are quite often the initiators of injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by machinery or a toxic substance accident. Public place (South Cambridgeshire local authority) litigation for injuries like fractured vertebrae happening on obstructed footpaths are also common with slips and trips having happened in the area.

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help Claimants with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from mesothelioma to solvent exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Waterbeach specialists for serious injury compensation

The Quittance team recognise the critical change a successful claim will make to severely injured Claimants. Quittance's team fight for compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, which includes claiming for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Quittance's panel of lawyers have aided people recover compensation for many major injuries and conditions. Injuries and illnesses categorised as catastrophic or serious include birth negligence, paralysis and lead poisoning.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

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Waterbeach No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Waterbeach and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet our team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Waterbeach and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen for their winning track record, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

Meet more of the QLS 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 is Quittance's track record of winning claims in Waterbeach?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Last year, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants throughout Cambridgeshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from whiplash to accidents in the workplace.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

It can take many months for most minor injury claims to conclude. Cases involving serious injury or disputed liability can take much longer. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not responsible for many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

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

Solicitor reviews in Waterbeach - What to consider

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a Claimant's compensation for vibration white finger affecting causing a change in job, for example, ranges from ?25,575 to ?31,075 (based on 2015 market data).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Will I need to instruct a local Waterbeach solicitor ?

The location of the lawyers office is not particularly relevant as cases now tend to be conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to choose a solicitors practice that offers national medical centres as you will usually be expected to attend a medical exam.

Further reading : Do you have a medical centre in or near Waterbeach?

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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