A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Yeovil or anywhere in the country, our experienced personal injury solicitors will assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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Eligibility to claim

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as repetitive strain injuries are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three main elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be shown that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Making your claim sooner will enable supporting witness statements to be collected by the solicitor.

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Calculate my compensation

The compensation you will be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Yeovil

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of expert injury lawyers have vast experience in getting the best awards for claimants hurt in a road accident in Yeovil.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Yeovil are reasonably common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 1608 accidents (1390 slight accidents, 190 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Somerset local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,623. Accidents in Yeovil in 2013 included crashes on the A30 and A3088 roundabout and on the A37 and A30 roundabout.

Find out more: Road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Yeovil

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for contractors, self employed or employed claimants injured at work, from nurses to town and country planners, to get the compensation they deserve. Injury and illness information for the South Somerset local authority collated under RIDDOR by the HSE in the following table:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in South Somerset Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Contact with machinery15511
Fire related100
Harmful substance related133
Fall from height171323
Animal related (e.g. livestock)460
Lifting and handling injuries1025263
Physical assault837
Slip or trip666947
Struck against71111
Struck by moving vehicle564
Struck by object272220
Trapped underneath something110

Find out more: Accident at work claims

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Other types of claim

Serious injury

Courts understand that a serious injury has a life-altering impact on an affected individual and their family.

Quittance's network of specialist solicitors fight to get maximum compensation for severe injuries, which includes compensation for private medical treatment and case costs. Quittance's network of specialist law firms for many years have helped people impacted by severe accidents.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government statistics indicate that employee slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Somerset. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the precursor to accidents classified under another heading like being struck by moving machinery or an electrical discharge accident. Public place (South Somerset local authority) legal claims for injuries such as torn ligaments happening on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with recent dislodged paving slab trips having happened recently.

Medical negligence in Yeovil

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been injured by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of a compensation award, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Yeovil District Hospital, Higher Kingston, Yeovil, Somerset, to make a formal complaint against Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from bladder cancer to toluene exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

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Yeovil 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 Yeovil and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet our team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Yeovil, from fast track claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance 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 claims in Yeovil?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of expert personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Yeovil, Somerset and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Somerset get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including factory accidents and car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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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.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you

Usually a claim can take several months to complete. In serious injury cases, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by all solicitors, but they do not regulate many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to rely on throughout the claims process to provide both compassionate practical advice and expert legal guidance.

Check Yeovil solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by solicitors vary considerably.

Researching reviews can be informative when attempting to decide which lawyer to work with.

Read more - Personal injury solicitor reviews

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.

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 loss of hearing in one ear, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?25,300 to ?36,850 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

Are Yeovil claimants restricted to only local law firms?

You do not need to instruct a lawyer near you.

In general, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and 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.

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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