A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Whittlesey or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced personal injury solicitors are able to take on your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

Updated: September 19, 2016

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

Find out if you have a claimUse our online claim checker

Eligibility to claim

Personal injury claims should, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like industrial deafness are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is considered.

To win a Whittlesey personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the Defendant
  • That duty was breached by the Defendant
  • The Defendant's breach caused your injury or illness
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Compensation Calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could win.

Find out how much you can claimUse our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Whittlesey

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of expert litigators have years of experience in getting maximum damages for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Whittlesey.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Whittlesey are common with a total of 783 accidents (695 slight accidents, 80 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Peterborough local authority area. By 2014 the total had decreased to 676.

See: No win, no fee road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Whittlesey

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for injured Claimants, from hotel workers to TEFL teachers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident at work statistics for the Peterborough local authority are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Peterborough Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Other383632
Electricity related302
Machinery related19910
Explosives related010
Exposed to fire001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)653
Fall from height341620
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)322
Lifting1466373
Physical attack201117
Slip, trip, fall same level11411277
Struck against22813
Struck by moving vehicle7106
Hit by object392229
Crushed by something collapsing101

See: No win, no fee work accident claim

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Other claims we handle

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries including anything from asbestos related disease to pneumoconiosis.

See: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury experts in Whittlesey

The lasting impact serious injury has will be acknowledged by the Courts when they are calculating compensation.

A successful claim should ease the financial load on an injured person and their family enabling them to prioritise recovery. Quittance's panel of expert lawyers have for many years aided Claimants impacted by severe accidents. Injury and illness considered by the Courts to be serious include serious psychiatric harm, brain tumours and chemical poisoning.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips and trips

Recorded data underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Cambridgeshire and the UK as a whole in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the precursor to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by moving machinery or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries like sprained arms occurring on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with recent pavement crack trips having occurred recently.

Medical negligence in Whittlesey

When someone suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP or other health worker, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you just want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of financial compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Hills Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, to make a complaint against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claims

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Whittlesey No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Whittlesey and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Whittlesey and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in recovering compensation, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Whittlesey?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across Cambridgeshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from ladder accidents to motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and stress-free as possible.

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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. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Finding the most appropriate lawyer to help you is your most important step towards achieving the best settlement or award.

How do you ensure you instruct the ideal one for your specific circumstances?

Look into Whittlesey solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers, as with any service, can differ.

Researching reviews can certainly be instructive if you are trying to decide which solicitor to instruct.

Read more Personal injury lawyer reviews

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 neck injuries causing spondylosis, serious limitation of movement or permanent/recurring pain, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?11,110 to ?20,185 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.

Do I need to select a local injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is less critical as cases are usually conducted by phone and email.

However, you should choose a law firm that offers medical facilities near you as Claimants will almost always be expected to go to a medical examination.

Further reading - Will I have to attend a 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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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