A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Worcestershire or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim?

Updated: October 20, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, we can assist you with a compensation claim.

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Key criteria

Personal injury claims must, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

For most claims, making a successful claim has three key components. It must be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

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How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Worcestershire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for Claimants, from warehouse assistants to television production assistants, to secure financial compensation awards.

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Road traffic accident claims in Worcestershire

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of skilled solicitors have vast experience in obtaining optimum general and special damages for people who have been injured in a road accident in Worcestershire.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Worcestershire are common. Gov.uk statistics show 18 fatal accidents, 168 serious accidents and 1206 slight accidents in 2013 in Worcestershire (Total events were 1392 local authority. In 2014 the total had decreased to 1,383.

Find out more: No win, no fee road accident claims

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Other claims

Worcestershire specialists for serious injury compensation

We understand the critical difference a successful claim makes to severely injured Claimants. By relieving the stress a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on an injured person and their dependants, a successful claim allows them to focus on rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of expert solicitors have helped Claimants collect compensation for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries referred to as serious range from cerebral palsy to head injuries.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Medical negligence in Worcestershire

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient suffers injury or illness due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for the hospital to explain what happened as opposed to injury compensation. For example, to make a complaint against Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, you can write to Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester, Worcestershire.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from industrial deafness to welders lung.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Officially recorded data expose the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace. These types of accident are sometimes the cause of injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by hand tools in use or an exposure to fire accident. Public place litigation for injuries like pulled muscles sustained on pavement ice are also quite common with slips and trips having occurred in the area.

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Worcestershire No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Worcestershire and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Worcestershire, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their success rate in winning claims.

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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 Worcestershire?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of expert personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Worcestershire and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Worcestershire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents in the workplace to car accidents.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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FAQs

Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

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

It can take months for most minor injury claims to conclude. Injury claims involving serious injury or disputed liability can take longer. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is an important first step.

Do you have to choose a lawyer in Worcestershire?

The majority of large firms operate throughout England and Wales, allowing Claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For back injuries causing chronic permanent symptoms, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?31,350 to ?56,375 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Injury lawyer reviews in Worcestershire - What to consider

Speaking to a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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