A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you live in Wolverhampton or anywhere else in England or Wales, our personal injury lawyers will take on your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

Updated: September 15, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as asbestosis may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Beginning your claim as soon as possible will enable your lawyer to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

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How much compensation could I get?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives you a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in Wolverhampton

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from hotel workers to tourism officers, to claim compensation. Work injury statistics for the Wolverhampton local authority are listed in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in Wolverhampton Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined423939
Electric shock injury211
Machinery related251413
Explosion related010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. diesel exhaust fumes)734
Fall from height (ladder)311624
Injured by an animal122
Lifting and handling injuries1207174
Assault28218
Slip, trip, fall same level11910488
Struck against16118
Hit by vehicle784
Struck by object423628
Trapped by something collapsing021

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Road traffic accident claims in Wolverhampton

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of best of breed road traffic accident (RTA) injury solicitors are experienced in achieving optimum general and special damages for people hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Wolverhampton.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Wolverhampton are common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 633 accidents (569 slight accidents, 61 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wolverhampton local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 645. Incidents in the Wolverhampton area in 2013 included crashes on the A4150 and A41 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A449 and A460 junction.

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Other injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Wolverhampton

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for the hospital to explain what happened as opposed to financial compensation. You can contact New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

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Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from noise induced hearing loss to mercury poisoning.

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Slip, trip and fall injuries

HSE statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accident at work in Birmingham and the Black Country in 2014/15. Slips and trips are quite often the cause of injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being struck by moving machinery, a crush injury from something overturning or a harmful substance accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries such as sprained ankles occurring on potholes are also quite prevalent with incidents having happened in the area.

Wolverhampton serious injury claims

Courts recognise that serious injuries will have a significant effect on an individual and their family. By limiting the financial stress a major injury places on an injured person and their dependants, injury compensation enables Claimants to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation.

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Wolverhampton 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 Wolverhampton and across the UK.

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Meet the team

Our nationwide network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Wolverhampton and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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 winning claims in Wolverhampton?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Wolverhampton, West Midlands and throughout the country, get compensation.

Last year, we have helped hundreds of claimants across the West Midlands get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the workplace and accidents on the road.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Finding a suitable legal representation to assist you is a critical step towards getting the highest compensation award for your injuries.

How do you make certain you select the ideal law firm to pursue compensation for you?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Do I need to select a local Wolverhampton lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby firm is not critical as cases are typically run remotely.

You will need to select a solicitors' firm with a national network as Claimants will almost always have to attend a medical examination.

Further reading : Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

Wolverhampton personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by injury lawyers can vary.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be helpful when considering which lawyer to instruct.

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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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