A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Yatton or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert solicitors are able to help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 20, 2016

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims should be made within a 3-year window in most cases.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as noise-induced deafness are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date of diagnosis is what is important in these situations.

To win a Yatton personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • 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

A short, no-obligation phone call with an expert Yatton lawyer will give answers and advice.

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How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of points. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Work accident claims in Yatton

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people hurt in an accident, from office workers to veterinary nurses, to claim maximum compensation. Accident figures in the North Somerset local authority collated in accordance with regulations by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Work accidents in North Somerset Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known313625
Electricity related100
Machinery related1057
010
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)001
Fire related101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)1222
Fall from height (scaffolding)221614
Injured by an animal031
Lifting775952
Physical assault18138
Slip, trip or fall918357
Struck against9710
Struck by moving vehicle582
Struck by object202027
Trapped under falling object110

Further information: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

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Road traffic accident claims in Yatton

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of trained no win, no fee lawyers have years of experience in securing optimum general and special damages for people hurt in a road accident in Yatton.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Yatton are relatively commonplace. Government statistics reveal a total of 559 accidents (492 slight accidents, 63 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in North Somerset local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 509.

Further information: Road accident compensation claim

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Other claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from industrial deafness to welding rod fumes exposure.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Safety statistics show that slips and trips are still the most common accident at work in North Somerset and the UK as a whole in 2014/15. Slips and trips are quite often the cause of injuries recorded in another category like being hit by material under pressure, a lifting injury or a quarry drowning accident. Public place (North Somerset local authority) legal claims for injuries such as broken ankles happening on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with pothole trips having happened in the local area.

Yatton lawyers for serious injury claims

Quittance's team understand the critical change a compensation claim can make to the lives of people affected by catastrophic and serious injury. The Quittance team fight to get the maximum compensation for serious injuries, including damages for medical treatment and care costs. Quittance's panel of expert solicitor firms have aided people affected by serious accidents.

Further information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Clinical negligence in Yatton

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could make a formal complaint if you only want a formal account of what went wrong instead of a compensation award. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

Further information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

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Yatton No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Yatton and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The national network of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Yatton, from fast track cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Selected for their winning track record, our solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.

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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What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in Yatton?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of SRA regulated solicitors that assists claimants in Yatton, Somerset and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Last year, we assisted 100's of injured claimants in Somerset seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the workplace and pedestrian accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

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

Usually a compensation claim can take several months to complete and for the most serious claims, some claims can take over a year. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is vital.

Will I need to instruct a local injury lawyer ?

The location of a solicitor is not particularly critical as cases are usually run by phone, post and email.

You will need to instruct a firm that has medical facilities near you as you will almost always be expected to go to a medical examination.

More details : Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

Read Yatton solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by injury lawyers can vary a great deal.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be a good place to start if you are deciding which lawyer to go with.

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The diversity in the amount of insurance premiums and success fees between lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is a material consideration for Claimants.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful Claimant who was awarded ?42,559 for a severe pain disorder could conceivably vary from ?25,535 to ?36,175.

Further reading How much compensation can you claim?

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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