A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Winchcombe or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers will take on your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 22, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Key criteria

Claims for personal injury compensation should be made in 3 years of an injury in most cases.

For most claims, making a successful claim has three key elements. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Your solicitor will consider how your case relates to each of these points.

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What is my claim worth?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of criteria. Our online compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Work accident claims in Winchcombe

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from lathe operators to transportation planners, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident at work figures for the Cheltenham local authority are listed under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE:

Work accidents in Cheltenham Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known233026
Electric shock injury110
Machinery related injury455
Exposed to fire001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)401
Fall from height11818
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)110
Lifting511930
Assault843
Slip, trip or fall363032
Struck against441
Hit by vehicle533
Struck by object18105
Trapped underneath something200

Find out more: Work injury claims

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Road traffic accident claims in Winchcombe

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors have decades of experience in fighting for optimum general and special damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Winchcombe.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Winchcombe are relatively common. Gov.uk statistics show 32 fatal accidents, 181 serious accidents and 842 slight accidents in 2013 in Gloucestershire (Total events were 1055 local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,168.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

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Other injury claims

Medical negligence in Winchcombe

Medical negligence is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other health worker. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for answers instead of injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact Rikenel, Montpellier, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from occupational asthma to silicosis.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Official statistics demonstrate that slips and trips are the single most prevalent cause of injury at work in Gloucestershire. These types of accident are quite often the initiators of injuries attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by tools in use or a fire related (burn) accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries like broken wrists sustained on pavement cracks are also quite common with street falls having happened in the area.

Serious injury

We understand the critical change compensation can make to seriously injured Claimants. Compensation will ease the financial load on a Claimant and their family so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation

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Winchcombe 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 Winchcombe and across the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Winchcombe, from fast track whiplash cases to long term illness. Our lawyers are selected for their track record in winning cases and their years of specialist experience.

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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Have you handled many Winchcombe claims?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps people in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted 100's of claimants across Gloucestershire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents in the office.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that making an injury claim is as 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.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Finding a suitable personal injury solicitor to act for you is the most important step towards securing the most compensation for your injuries.

With approximately 100 offices within a 25 radius of Winchcombe (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015 database), how do you make certain you select the best company to represent you?

Winchcombe personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary to a large extent.

Researching online reviews can certainly be revealing if you are attempting to decide which lawyer to instruct.

See Solicitor reviews

The disparity in the amount of insurance premiums and success fees between lawyers is huge.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a successful Claimant awarded ?19,293 for elbow injuries causing some long term problems can range from ?11,576 to ?16,399.

Additional reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Do you need to go with a local solicitor ?

The location of a law firm is less important as cases can be conducted by phone and email.

You will need to instruct a firm with medical facilities near you as Claimants will almost always have to attend a medical examination.

Further reading - What is the process for attending 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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