A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Wednesbury or anywhere in the country, we can help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

Updated: September 15, 2016

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should, in most cases, be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Wednesbury or work-related illness, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It must be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Your lawyer will discuss each of these key issues and will explain how they apply to your claim.

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Injury claims calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Wednesbury

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Wednesbury are common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 720 accidents (623 slight accidents, 88 serious accidents and 9 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Sandwell local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 910. Incidents in Wednesbury in 2013 included crashes on the A4196 and A461 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A4038 and A4444 junction.

Our panel of specialist no win, no fee personal injury solicitors have vast experience in negotiating maximum general and special damages for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Wednesbury.

See: Road traffic accident claims

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Work accident claims in Wednesbury

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for Claimants injured at work, from forklift drivers to transportation planners, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident statistics in the Sandwell local authority collated in accordance with legislation by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in Sandwell Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Other698070
Electricity related220
Machinery related injury443440
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)100
Fire related341
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)1353
Fall from height341837
Animal related (e.g. livestock)021
Lifting and handling injuries171102120
Physical assault253433
Slip, trip or fall182170133
Struck against242221
Struck by moving vehicle111818
Hit by falling object1116091
Trapped underneath something350

See: Work accident compensation

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Other injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Wednesbury

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to a consultant or other health professional's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want closure instead of a compensation award. You can write to Trust Headquarters, 3, Priestley Wharf, Holt Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, for example, to make a formal complaint against Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from bladder cancer to welders lung.

See: Industrial disease claims

Wednesbury experts for serious injury claims

Quittance's team understand the vital difference a successful claim will make to the lives of severely injured Claimants.

Our panel of expert lawyers work for compensation for serious injuries, including damages for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Our panel of solicitors have helped people recover damages for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injury and illness categorised as serious include paralysis and major surgical negligence.

See: Serious injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

HSE figures underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Birmingham and the Black Country. They are frequently connected to accidents categorised as something else for instance being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a fall from a height or a harmful substance accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like broken collarbones suffered on raised kerb stones are also quite prevalent with pavement crack trips having occurred recently.

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Wednesbury 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 Wednesbury and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Wednesbury, from relatively minor claims to catastrophic injury. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their level of experience and their success rate in winning claims.

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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How much experience do you have of injury claims in Wednesbury?

We are a nationwide panel of results-focussed solicitors that helps people injured in Wednesbury, West Midlands and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of people throughout the West Midlands seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to part-time worker injuries.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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FAQs

Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Help for injured people searching for an injury lawyer

In many cases a injury claim can take several months to complete and for cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your lawyer should be someone you are able to rely on throughout your claim to give compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Do I need to instruct a local Wednesbury solicitor ?

Choosing a nearby solicitor is not especially important as injury cases are managed by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to go with a law firm that provides medical facilities near Wednesbury as Claimants will almost always need to go to a medical exam.

More - Do I have to attend a medical?

Look into Wednesbury personal injury solicitor reviews

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

Online reviews can certainly be instructive if you are deciding which solicitor best serves your needs.

Find out more : Solicitor reviews

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for severe tinnitus could vary between ?23,980 and ?36,850 (based on 2015 market research).

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?".

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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