A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you live in Yate or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a 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, we can help you make a claim for compensation.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims should usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

To win a personal injury case, it must be proven that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

In all cases, a free phone call with an expert Yate lawyer will provide answers to your questions and useful guidance.

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Compensation calculator

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in Yate

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of skilled no win, no fee legal advisors have vast experience in getting the highest settlements for people who have been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Yate.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Yate are not uncommon. Official statistics reveal a total of 647 accidents (587 slight accidents, 51 serious accidents and 9 fatal accidents) in 2013 in South Gloucestershire council area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 555. Incidents in the Yate area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A432 and B4059 junction and on the roundabout of the A432 and B4060 other junction.

Find out more: Road accident compensation claims

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Work accident claims in Yate

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from kitchen workers to TEFL teachers, to claim compensation from their employer. Injury and illness information in the South Gloucestershire local authority are detailed in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the HSE in the following table:

Workplace accidents in South Gloucestershire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known314040
Electric shock injury020
Contact with machinery11410
Fire related (e.g. scars)031
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)662
Fall from height262028
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)731
Lifting and carrying1378075
Physical assault151910
Slip or trip12110380
Struck against261812
Struck by moving vehicle1375
Struck by object463844
Trapped under falling object133

Find out more: No win, no fee work accident claim

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Other claims we handle

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Recorded statistics indicate that employee slips and trips are, by some degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Gloucestershire workplace. They are typically lead to accidents attributed to other causes for instance being hit by an object falling from a machine or an electrical discharge accident. Public place litigation for injuries like broken collarbones suffered on potholes are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened recently.

Clinical negligence in Yate

When a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you only want the hospital to explain what happened as opposed to starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to make a formal complaint against 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Rikenel, Montpellier, Gloucester, Gloucestershire.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with getting compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from asbestosis to mercury poisoning.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury

The impact of a serious or catastrophic injury is recognised by Courts when they are working out how much compensation to pay.

By limiting the financial stress severe injury imposes on a Claimant and their family, injury compensation helps Claimants to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation. Our network of expert solicitor firms work with insurance companies, Courts and doctors and health professionals to ensure families impacted by serious accidents and injuries receive medical and financial support. Injury and illness held to be catastrophic or serious include cerebral palsy and hydrocarbon poisoning.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

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Yate 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 Yate and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Yate, from relatively minor claims to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their specialist knowledge.

Meet the 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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How much experience does Quittance have of claims in Yate?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Yate, Gloucestershire and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people in Gloucestershire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on building sites and accidents due to poor road conditions.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

It can take many months for the majority of claims to reach a settlement. Injury claims involving disputed liability or severe injury can take longer. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they do not regulate many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is vital.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for moderate complex regional pain syndrome could vary between ?22,660 and ?42,460 (based on 2015 market research).

Will you need to instruct a local Yate injury lawyer ?

The location of a lawyers office is not so important as injury cases are normally conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should choose a solicitors practice that has national medical centres as Claimants will need to go to a medical exam.

More details : Do you have a local medical centre?

Yate personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers, as with any service, vary enormously.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be informative when considering which solicitor to go with.

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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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