A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you live in Witney or anywhere in the UK, we can take on your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a injury claim?

Updated: September 18, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, Quittance can help you make a claim for compensation.

Find out if you have a claimUse our online claim checker

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Compensation claims should be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in most cases.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

In most cases, a successful compensation claim has three key elements. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

The lawyer will consider how your case will relate to the points.

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How much can I claim?

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our online compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could win.

Find out how much you can claimUse our compensation calculator
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Work accident claims in Witney

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from members of the air force to traders, to claim work accident compensation. Injury and illness statistics for the West Oxfordshire local authority are detailed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in West Oxfordshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
General212015
Electrical injury120
Machinery related785
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)520
Fall from height11119
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)624
Lifting and handling injuries411829
Assault543
Slip, trip, fall same level453432
Struck against1033
Struck by moving vehicle308
Hit by object1457
Trapped underneath something200

For more information: No win, no fee work injury compensation claims

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Road traffic accident claims in Witney

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Witney are relatively frequent with statistics showing 19 fatal accidents, 308 serious accidents and 1635 slight accidents in 2013 in Oxfordshire (Total events were 1962 local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,201. Accidents in the Witney region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the B4022 and A4095 mini-roundabout and on the A415 and A40 roundabout.

Our group of certified lawyers have decades of experience in fighting for maximum awards for Claimants hurt in a car accident in Witney.

For more information: Road accident claims

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Other claims we handle

Medical negligence in Witney

When a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a GP or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for closure instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, for example, to make a complaint against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

We recognise the critical difference compensation can make to people who have been affected by serious and catastrophic injury.

By limiting the stress severe injury puts on an injured person, a successful claim helps individuals to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation.

Our network of law firms have helped Claimants collect damages for numerous catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries referred to as catastrophic or serious range from neck injuries to benzene poisoning.

For more information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

HSE statistics demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Oxfordshire and the UK. Slips and trips are typically lead to injuries categorised as something else for instance being struck by moving machinery or an animal related accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like broken collarbones sustained on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent trips having occurred recently.

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from allergic contact dermatitis to welders lung.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

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Witney 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 Witney and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Witney, from more minor injury cases to serious road injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

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 experience do you have of handling claims in Witney?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people in Witney, Oxfordshire and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

We have helped hundreds of people across Oxfordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from workplace accidents to motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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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.

Choosing the best injury lawyer

It can take several months for most minor injury claims to be settled. Cases for very serious injury or illness can take years in some circumstances. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, however the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is an important first step.

What should you look for when comparing reviews for solicitors in Witney?

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

Will you need to go with a local Witney solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the solicitors office is not very critical as injury cases are, as a matter of course, conducted remotely.

You will need to instruct a company that has national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will usually be expected to go to a medical exam.

Further reading - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

The disparity in success fees and insurance premiums between lawyers is vast

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful Claimant having been awarded ?31,097 for loss of hearing in one ear might vary from ?18,658 to ?26,432.

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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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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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