A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Wiltshire or anywhere else in England or Wales, our injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

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

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident or work-related illness, there are three components to a successful personal injury claim. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

The lawyer should look at how your claim relates to each of these points.

Find out how much you can claim

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Wiltshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of professional legal advisors have vast experience in fighting for optimum damages for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Wiltshire.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Wiltshire are relatively common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 1474 accidents (1283 slight accidents, 174 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wiltshire local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,607.

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Work accident claims in Wiltshire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from soldiers to trading standards officers, to claim compensation. Injury and illness statistics in the Wiltshire local authority collated in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

RIDAGGR 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

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Other types of claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Wiltshire

When a patient suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for closure or answers instead of claiming compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To make a formal complaint against Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with claiming compensation for industrial illness that range from occupational asthma to pesticide poisoning.

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Serious injury

The lasting impact serious injury can have is acknowledged by the Courts when they are determining injury compensation.

By reducing the financial stress a serious injury places on a claimant, a compensation claim helps claimants to prioritise their recovery.

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Slips and trips

HSE data stress the fact that slips and trips are, by some degree, the most common cause of injury at work in South West England. Slips, trips and falls are quite often connected to accidents categorised as another type of accident like being hit by material under pressure or a fire related (burn) accident. Public liability claims for injuries like sprained ankles happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with pavement trips having happened in the area.

Wiltshire 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 Wiltshire and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Wiltshire, from relatively minor claims to long term industrial disease. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their level of experience and their track record in winning cases.

To 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

How much experience do you have of claims in Wiltshire?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Wiltshire and across the country, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted hundreds of claimants across Wiltshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to slips and trips at work.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your circumstances

Usually a claim for compensation can take several months to complete and for the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your lawyer should be someone you are able to rely on throughout your claim to provide both expert legal guidance and practical advice.

Do you have to choose a law firm in Wiltshire?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a law firm near you.

In general, the only aspect that will need to be performed locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Comparing Wiltshire personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

The variation in insurance premiums and success fees between law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is a material consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?8,678 for a fractured index finger might vary from ?5,207 to ?7,376.

Additional reading - Compare solicitors quotes

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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