A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you are based in Worcester or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 10, 2016

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in the majority of cases.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions like repetitive strain injuries are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that matters.

In order to win a Worcester personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • 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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Calculate my compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Road traffic accident claims in Worcester

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of specialist legal advisors have years of experience in getting the best compensation for Claimants injured in a car or motorbike accident in Worcester.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Worcester are reasonably common with a total of 527 accidents (466 slight accidents, 56 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Herefordshire local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 560. Incidents in the Worcester area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A38 and B4205 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A38 and A449 junction.

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Work accident claims in Worcester

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for Claimants, from dental nurses to training and development officers, to secure financial compensation awards. Injury and illness statistics for the Worcester local authority are published in accordance with regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Worcester Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
General221016
Electrocution201
Machinery related injury804
Exposed to fire011
Exposure to harmful substance332
Fall from height132012
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)210
Lifting and handling injuries693919
Physical assault1365
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)595569
Struck against984
Struck by moving vehicle124
Struck by object351713
Trapped under falling object100

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Other claims

Medical negligence in Worcester

Clinical negligence describes when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of a consultant or other health professional's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for a better understanding of events as opposed to starting an injury claim. For example, to raise a complaint against Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, you can contact Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester, Worcestershire.

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Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive figures expose the fact that employee slips and trips are by some margin the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Hereford and Worcester in 2014/15. They are frequently lead to accidents recorded in another category like being hit by an object falling from a machine, a carrying injury or a lake drowning accident. Public place (Worcester local authority) negligence claims injuries such as torn ligaments experienced on obstructed footpaths are also common with recent kerb stone trips having happened recently.

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from workplace cancer to pesticide poisoning.

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Worcester serious injury compensation

We understand the critical difference compensation makes to the lives of people whose lives have been affected by major injury. By limiting the pressure a major injury imposes on a Claimant and their dependants, compensation enables people to concentrate on recovery.

Quittance's panel of law firms work with insurers and the Courts to make sure Claimants affected by major accidents get legal and medical support.

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Worcester 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 Worcester and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Worcester and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience does Quittance have of winning claims in Worcester?

We are a nationwide network of expert personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Worcester, Worcestershire and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Last year, we have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Worcestershire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including industrial disease and whiplash.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make the claims process as convenient 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.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your claim

It can take several months for most minor injury claims to reach a conclusion. Matters where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take years in some circumstances. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not responsible for many factors of interest to Claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust throughout the claims process to provide both legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a Claimant's compensation for spinal cord damage, for example, ranges from ?73,700 to ?130,130 (based on 2015 market data).

Does the location of the law firm matter?

You do not need to select a law firm near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Reviews for solicitors in Worcester

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

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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