A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you were injured due to a work accident in the West Midlands, a road accident or any other illness or injury, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries, lost earnings, treatment costs and other losses.

Have I got a injury claim?

Updated: September 20, 2016

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

Find out if you have a claimUse our online claim checker

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

In most cases, your claim should be made within 3 years of the date you were injured (or learned of your injury).

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove that:

  • the defendant owed you a duty of care,
  • that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and,
  • the breach was the cause of your injury.
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Find out how much you can claim

The injury compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of factors. Our online calculator gives an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

Find out how much you can claimUse our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in the West Midlands

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of expert No Win, No Fee personal injury lawyers have handled many road accident claims in the West Midlands.

In 2016 there were 12,242 road accidents across the West Midlands (gov.uk).

Whether you have been injured as a passenger in a car accident, riding a cycle or motorbike, or were a pedestrian involved in a collision, you may be entitled to compensation.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claim

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Work accident claims in the West Midlands

Worker injured in accident

Our expert employers' liability panel solicitors have helped many workers claim compensation, from hotel and restaurant staff to builders and office workers.

There were 6,998 non-fatal injuries reported in 2016, and 15 fatal accidents at work across the West Midlands.

This table is an sample of the frequency of work accidents reported under RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE):

HSE reported work accidents in Shropshire Local Authority 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Not specified 68 51 52
Electric shock injury 1 3 2
Machinery related injury 33 21 20
Fire related (e.g. scars) 0 1 1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC) 10 5 2
Fall from height (ladder) 41 40 29
Injured by an animal 10 11 8
Lifting and handling injuries 198 85 100
Assault 36 25 33
Slip, trip or fall (not from height) 157 131 115
Struck against 23 19 5
Hit by vehicle 4 7 10
Hit by object 70 40 48
Trapped by something collapsing 1 0 1

Read more: Accident at work claims

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Other claims we handle

Serious injury compensation

We understand the difference a successful compensation claim will make to the lives of people who have been impacted by serious injury.

Rakhi Chauhan, Kevin Walker and Quittance's other serious injury panel solicitors have helped claimants secure damages for a wide range of severe conditions and complex injuries.

Compensation can include long-term medical treatment and care costs, lost future earnings, physiotherapy and advanced prosthetics.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

According to the HSE, slips, trips and falls are the most common category of injury in the UK workplace.

Public liability compensation claims, for injuries such as broken collarbones and wrist sprains, are also common. If a local council or highway authority has failed to maintain pavements and walkways, and you are injured by tripping on cracked or loose paving, you could be entitled to compensation.

Medical negligence in the West Midlands

When someone sustains an injury or illness due to a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you only want the hospital to explain what happened instead of starting an injury claim, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Trust Headquarters, 3, Priestley Wharf, Holt Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease experts

Tim Fieldhouse and the other members of our industrial disease network can help you to claim compensation for industrial diseases and health conditions, from dermatitis to solvent exposure and work-related cancer.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

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West Midlands 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 across the West Midlands and throughout the UK.

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

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in West Midlands and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims.

Chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

 
Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
 
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
 
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What is your track record of injury claims in West Midlands?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of award winning personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in the West Midlands and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across the West Midlands seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.

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Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Help for injured people searching for a personal injury solicitor

It can take many months for most minor injury claims to reach a settlement. Injury claims for very serious injury or illness can take longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

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

Further reading How to compare personal injury fees

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in West Midlands

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim.

Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

Do you have to choose a solicitor in West Midlands?

You do not need to select a law firm near you.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network 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.

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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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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