Cheltenham Personal Injury Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 14th September 2021. Welcome to our Cheltenham personal injury solicitors guide. Are you looking for Cheltenham personal injury solicitors after suffering an accident or injury in this area? If so, look no further. Whilst we are not based in this part of the country, our expert nationwide team can provide you with all the help, support and advice you need to make a successful compensation claim. When making a claim, you must always use the best possible personal injury lawyer. This guide will help you find the best solicitor or lawyer for your compensation claim and show you some of those claims we most commonly handle.
When you are ready to make a claim, you can contact us via the methods listed at the bottom of this article or the number at the top of this page.
How our team are best placed to help you claim compensation
Whilst the decision to make a personal injury claim can seem a little bit daunting, you should be aware that the process is not as difficult as it might seem. Under the UK’s legal system, a large body of health and safety legislation is designed to protect people both in their work and other aspects of their everyday life. This legislation also makes it easier for you to make a personal injury claim in the event of such as breach. We have a panel of personal injury solicitors covering Cheltenham who can help you navigate the process of establishing what the breach was which led to your injury.
How to qualify to make a compensation claim
To find out if you are eligible to make a Cheltenham personal injury claim, you will need to establish a few things. As you discover how to claim, your solicitor will help to establish the following;
- That the defendant (the person, company, or organisation, such as a healthcare body) you are making a claim against did owe you a duty of care defined under law.
- That the duty of care to safeguard you has been breached in some way.
- That this breach in the the duty to keep you safe was the cause of the injury you suffered.
In order to successfully make your personal injury claim, you need to start the process as quickly as you can after the injury or illness you suffered. This will give your solicitor the longest possible time in which to make the claim, and the best chance to secure the evidence necessary to support your case.
Why having the best personal injury solicitor is important
Having the best personal injury lawyer for your solicitor is important due to the role they play. They will advise you on the best course of legal action to take. What evidence to collect, and how to proceed at each step of the way. As each type of injury can attract settlements between a lower and upper limit. A more experienced solicitor may be able to secure a higher award than their competitors.
When reading solicitor reviews of personal injury solicitors in the Cheltenham area, you should look at the types of claims they have successfully concluded in the past year how happy previous claimants were, and examples of settlements that they may have secured. Do they often secure higher compensation settlements than other solicitors, lawyers, or legal firms?
Do I have to use a solicitor nearby?
The simplest answer to this question is no. You simply do not need to use a solicitor who is based in the same area as you are. In the most part, cases are conducted through phone calls, post, and electronic communications. Whilst our offices are not located in this town or county, the only part of a claim which may be needed to carried out close to you is a medical examination. This can often be organised through the countrywide panel of medical experts we work with.
What is much more pertinent to finding the best personal injury lawyer for your claim than where they are located, is their experience and expertise in the law.
What personal injury claims can we conduct?
Our specialist personal injury claims team can conduct a wide range of different accident and injury claims across the country. In the following sections, we take a short look at some of the most common types of claim that our team conducts. Please note we can still assist you if the type of accident or injury you sustained is not listed below. Simply call our personal injury solicitors for Darlington today to learn how to claim.
Industrial disease claims advice
Industrial diseases and illness contracted in the workplace are very often caused by exposure to substances harmful to health. This substance might be nauseous or toxic fumes and particulates or toxic chemicals. Industrial disease is often used as an umbrella term under which a variety of different conditions, such as industrial deafness or even vibration white finger might be included. Today there are as many as one million people across the country who have industrial diseases.
In many cases, such as those of industrial deafness or hand arm vibration, the effects can be cumulative and develop over many years. As such, the date from which you can make a claim may be the date upon which you discovered the connection between the injury and your occupation. Such injuries could be linked to poor workplace safety, or insufficient personal protective equipment.
Medical negligence claims advice
Clinical or medical negligence refers to an incident in which a doctor, dentist, nurse, surgeon, or other medical practitioner causes you harm. It could be caused by their negligent action (such as failing to recommend a test or course of treatment) or through the provision of incorrect treatment. In this area, we could assist you in making a claim against the Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, or a private medical clinic. Examples of negligence or malpractice might include;
- Hospital and GP negligence or malpractice
- Medical misdiagnosis
- Care home negligence
- Dental negligence
- Surgical negligence
We have produced a detailed guide to the types of medical negligence we can assist claimants with in Cheltenham. You can view it here.
Cheltenham work accident and injury claims
If you have been injured in the workplace, or whilst carrying out your duties but off-site, your employer may have been in breach of the duty of care which they owe you. All employers owe their staff a duty to safeguard their health and safety. This extends to providing the right training and personal protective equipment.
If you have been injured at work, you should contact one of our personal injury solicitors. They will be able to provide advice on your personal injury case, and will be able to build a case around the breach which has been identified. A common example of a breach in an employers duty of care could include not providing you with the training or the equipment which you need in order to carry out your job safely. This table describes the many potential compensation payout figures that are achievable for a wide variety of injuries. But our personal injury solicitors covering Cheltenham can explain other potential amounts if you require further information.
|Brain injury||Very severe||£282,010 to £403,990||The award bracket is given as an estimate for victims who have suffered severe brain damage and are unresponsive. In what is referred to as a vegetable state.|
|Brain injury||Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||Losing feelings in limbs, mental disability, and or change in impersonality.|
|Brain injury||Less severe||£15,320 to £43,060||Head injuries that have not caused significant brain damage but still there maybe lasting effects.|
|Eye Injury||Total blindness||In the region of £268,720||Total blindness|
|Eye Injury||Loss of sight in one eye||£49,270 to £54,830||This amount of compensation is awarded with loss of sight in a single eye or very restricted vision in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£3,950 to £8,730||Problems with vision, pain in the eye or temporary vision loss in an eye.|
|Arm Injury||Loss of both arms||£240,790 to £300,000||Amputation of both full arms will receive the maximum award here. This compensation range also covers the amputation of one arm, or whether the amputation is to be the full or part of the arm. The restrictions this will have in the future are also taken into consideration.|
|Arm Injury||Permanent and substantial disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||If there is major restriction and disability in one or both arms and causes great pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less severe||£19,200 to £39,170||This amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/or disability on the arms but will recover.|
|Leg Injury||Loss of both legs||£240,790 to £282,010||Amputation of both or one leg will warrant this amount of compensation to be awarded. It will also be taken in to consideration if the leg is amputated above or below the knee.|
|Leg Injury||Less serious||Up to £27,760||Fracture, brake or soft tissue damage to the leg that has affected the muscle causing great pain and discomfort.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||Up to £148,330||Neck injuries can be very severe causing problems with movement in different areas of the body. An injury to the neck can cause pain in this area for a lengthy time.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate||Up to £38,490||Fractures to the neck, painful when moving, stiffness inability to use full movement of the neck will warrant this type of compensation.|
|Neck Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||These amounts of compensation are roughly the brackets for whiplash depending on how long it lasts, how painful it is and the long term prognosis.|
|Hand Injury||Loss of both hands||£140,660 to £201,490||This amount of compensation will cover, both hands or one hand amputation or if the hand becomes completely useless.|
|Hand Injury||Serious||£29,000 to £61,910||Likely to have seen a reduction in capacity by 50 per cent. Several fingers may have been amputated and re-joined, leaving a clawed or unsightly hand.|
|Elbow Injury||Severely disabling||£39,170 to £54,830||Complete restriction in movement of the elbow that has resulted in a disability or that has required surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or minor||Up to £12,590||Restriction in the movement of the arm due to injury of the elbow.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe||£47,620 to £59,860||No wrist function at all.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£38,780 to £69,730||Severe back injuries to the upper or lower part of the back, maybe causing paralysis or any issues relating to the organs within the lower part of the body.|
|Back Injury||Minor||Up to £12,510||Soft tissue, slipped disc, muscle pain would gain this amount of compensation.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£12,510 to £27,760||This amount of compensation may cover ligament or soft tissue to the back, constant pain and /or discomfort.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Severe||£59,860 to £100,670||Debilitating symptoms, impacting work life, social life, and relationships with family and friends. Prognosis for recovery is likely to be poor, with symptoms having some permanency.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Less severe||£3,950 to £8,180||Minor symptoms that resolve in full within a short space of time.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Very severe||£29,780 to £97,330||Scarring and facial disfigurement could warrant this amount of compensation. The severity will determine how much.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less severe||£17,960 to £48,420||These
compensation estimates cover brakes and fractures to the facial area such as the nose.
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less significant||£3,950 to £13,740||Compensation amounts for scarring. Please note women tend to receive larger payouts for scarring than men.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£26,190 to £43,460||Disability due to injury to the knee, severe damage to muscle, soft tissue and also muscle wastage.
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £26,190||Injury to the knee that is painful but will recover within time so the knee has a full normal working function.|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||Restriction in movement, limb numbness or paralysis due to injury in the shoulder and neck.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Tissue damage to neck that may last for quite a while which restricts movement in the arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||Soft tissue damage that will recover within the year or just over, that causes moderate pain.|
How many people have suffered an accident at work in Cheltenham?
The following table includes types of accident suffered and the number of people affected by said accidents in the Cheltenham area over a single year.
|RIDAGGR Reported accidents in the workplace in the Cheltenham Local Authority Area||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Unknown/ not reported||23||30||26|
|Electric shock injuries||1||1||0|
|Caused by machinery||4||5||5|
|Exposure to heat, smoke, fire||0||0||1|
|Exposure to substances harmful to health||4||0||1|
|Falling from a height||11||8||18|
|Caused by an animal||1||1||0|
|Lifting and handling accidents||51||19||30|
|Assaults and physical attacks||8||4||3|
|Falling over on the same level||36||30||32|
|Being struck against something||4||4||1|
|Being hit by a vehicle||5||3||3|
|Struck by object||18||10||5|
|Being trapped underneath something||2||0||0|
Fall, trip & slip injury claims advice
It does not matter whether you are in the workplace, out shopping, walking down the street, or in other locations. Slips & falls are one of the most prevalent forms of injury and frequent types of injury claim which our team sees. Data from the above table shows that falls & trips are the most frequent way people are hurt in the workplace across Gloucestershire. This type of accident is also very often related to other forms of accident. They can be contributing factors in manual handling accidents or even in drownings.
There are areas such as Hatherley Road where members of the public have been more likely to sustain slip and fall injuries in the town.
Serious injury claims advice
Whilst there is not a specific or legal definition of what constitutes a ‘serious injury’, the courts do recognise that some forms of injury do in fact have a life-altering effect the person who was injured. Such injuries do have a serious effect upon those affected, as well as the the people who may need to provide care for them. You may have had to take time of work or even leave a job due to your injuries, causing serious financial pressures on you. By making a claim with a personal injury lawyer, you can get the compensation you are owed, compensating you for the injury, as well as any financial losses and costs suffered.
Examples of a serious injury a medical condition which you could claim for include poisoning by dioxin, a severe back or spinal injury, and DVT or deep vein thrombosis.
How to make a road traffic accident claim in Cheltenham
No matter what vehicle you were driving or were a passenger in, nor whether you were a pedestrian hit by a vehicle whilst crossing the road, our car accident claims specialists can help you. We understand that the effects of this type of accident can be life changing and difficult to deal with. Accidents on the road happen right across the UK and whilst most of those involved in car crashes go on to make a full recovery, for others the effects may be much more long lasting.
In the following section we look at how many people sustained either serious injuries, or were killed on the road in Gloucestershire.
Cheltenham area road traffic accident statistics
The following table includes data covering the number of people who have been seriously hurt, or killed as a result of a road traffic accident in Gloucestershire.
|Car passengers/ drivers||120||130||143|
Both car crashes and other accidents on the road have increased in recent years across Gloucestershire, following a trend seen in many parts of the UK. The statistics for RTA’s in this county for 2013 are as follows;
- Slight accidents: 842
- Serious accidents: 181
- Fatal accidents: 32
- Total accidents: 1055
What is No Win No Fee?
No Win No Fee solicitors are a great way for people who have sustained an injury in an accident caused by someone else and who is now facing financial stress. Thanks to not needing to pay anything towards your solicitors costs until your claim is concluded, those using a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer can rest a little easier. Thanks to the way fees are structured in this type of claim, nothing will be payable until you have the funds to meet these costs. This is why we recommend working with our personal injury solicitors in the Cheltenham area.
How does No Win No Fee work?
As we have stated, with this type of claim you do not need to make any payments for your solicitors services unless or until you have won your claim. The way charges are structured means that you don’t have to pay in order to get the help you need, until you have a settlement to help you fund these costs. If you do get a settlement you will then pay a percentage of your claim which has been agreed upon between you and your personal injury solicitor.
To find out more about how to make a claim under a no win no fee agreement, view this guide.
Further information about making a claim
We understand that you may still have questions about how the process of making a personal injury claim works and how much you could claim if you have been hurt in an accident which was caused by someone else. You also need to be sure that you have a trusted source, such as Legal Expert, to help you to make your compensation claim and provide any additional information you might need. If you do still need answers to questions you can find them by browsing some of our other helpful guides, or by phoning us directly. Your initial consultation will always be on a no obligation basis. During this call we can provide you with all you need to know before choosing to go ahead with a claim with one of our personal injury solicitors. You can find our contact details below.
Talk to us today
If you are ready to begin your claim or want to get in touch with us to find out a little more about how Legal Expert can help you there are several ways you can get in touch with us. You can phone us on 0800 073 8804, or you can send an email to our team via firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach out to us via the contact or support forms on this page. You can use these forms to request a call back from a member of our team to discuss your personal injury case.
Useful services after an injury in Cheltenham
If you have been hurt in an accident which as not your fault in the Cheltenham area, there are several organisations which you may need assistance from before, during, or after your injury claim. If you require treatment at the local hospital, assistance from the police, or if your claim does go to court, we have included the contact information for such below.
Princess Elizabeth Way,
Tel: 01452 753241
St Georges Road
Tel: 01452 334 400
Cheltenham General Hospital
Tel: 0300 422 2222
Other useful Legal Expert guides
Whilst we are not Cheltenham personal injury solicitors, there are many different types of claims we can handle in this location, and across the country.
Accident in the street claims
If you have sustained an injury whilst in the street, such as tripping over on broken paving or due to the actions of a business, find out how to make a personal injury claim.
Whiplash compensation calculator
In this whiplash compensation calculator, you can find out more about how much you could claim if you have sustained whiplash in a road traffic accident.
Further Legal Expert compensation guides
- Castlereagh Personal Injury Solicitors
- Ceredigion Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chatham Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chelmsford Personal Injury Solicitors
- How Do I Receive Personal Injury Compensation?
- Chester Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chesterfield Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chippenham Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chorley Personal Injury Solicitors
- Christchurch Dorset Personal Injury Solicitors
- Can I Make A Compensation Claim For Soft Tissue Injuries?
Cheltenham Personal Injury Solicitors FAQs
Is there a particular amount that I should claim for?
Not necessarily, because every compensation amount is different.
What is a good settlement offer?
This is an offer that meets around 80% of what the claimant is hoping to achieve.
Does the location of the solicitor matter?
No, because we have personal injury lawyers that cover the whole of the country.
Could I pursue a case without a solicitor?
You can do this, but it’s unlikely to help your chances of winning your case.
How long do I have to make my claim?
You have 3 years after the accident happens or of learning of your injuries.
Does this mean the claim has to wrap up within 3 years?
No. The case might not conclude for a while, but you need to at least begin your claim during the 3-year window.
How long do claims usually take?
The typical period for the claims process is between a year and a year-and-a-half.
And what factors could impact the length of the claims process?
These include the strength of the evidence, the extent of the damage and the extent of the defendant’s responsibility.
Thank you for reading our Cheltenham personal injury solicitors guide.