A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you live in Westbury or anywhere in the country, our lawyers can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Have I got a compensation claim?

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, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims for personal injury compensation should usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as noise-induced deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Westbury, a successful compensation claim has three key elements. It needs to be shown that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Getting your claim started sooner will enable supporting evidence to be collected to strength by the solicitor.

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Westbury

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from building site contractors to town and country planners, to claim maximum compensation. Accident at work statistics in the Wiltshire local authority collated in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Wiltshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related452
Machinery related293015
Explosion related (e.g. gas)020
Exposed to fire205
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1384
Fall from height (scaffolding)624863
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)232122
Lifting and handling injuries222140141
Physical assault301624
Slip or trip207173144
Struck against262218
Struck by moving vehicle11714
Struck by object744160
Trapped underneath something213

Find out more: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Westbury

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Westbury are quite common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 1474 accidents (1283 slight accidents, 174 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wiltshire local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,607.

Our panel of proficient road traffic accident solicitors have a wealth of experience in securing maximum settlements for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Westbury.

Find out more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims

Medical negligence in Westbury

Clinical negligence describes when a person is injured as the result of a doctor or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of a compensation award. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from mesothelioma to Vibration White Finger.

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Slip and trip injuries

Health and Safety figures stress the fact that slips and trips are by some margin the most common cause of injury in the Wiltshire workplace in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the initiators of injuries recorded in a different category such as being hit by a falling object or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as broken wrists suffered on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with recent street trips having occurred in the area.

Serious injury experts handling compensation in Westbury

The lasting effect serious and catastrophic injury can have will be understood by the Courts when determining how much compensation to pay. By limiting the financial stress a major injury puts on a claimant and their family, a compensation claim enables claimants to concentrate on their rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of solicitor firms have helped people receive damages for many chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injury and illness categorised as serious and catastrophic range from brain injuries to lung cancer.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation

Westbury 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 Westbury and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet our team

The national network of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Westbury, from fast track claims to catastrophic injury. Chosen on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

What experience do your solicitors have of claims in Westbury?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that assists people in Westbury, Wiltshire and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Wiltshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and slips and trips at work.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.


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.

What to consider when picking the right personal injury solicitor

In most cases a claim for compensation will take some months to reach a conclusion and in serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is an important first step.

The disparity in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums between different solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements often surprises prospective claimants.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?16,350 for ankle injuries causing some permanent problems can range from ?9,810 to ?13,897.

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Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

Many injury lawyers operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Read Westbury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary.

Online reviews can certainly be enlightening if you are attempting to decide which lawyer to work with.

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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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