Personal Injury Claims
- Amputation Claims
- Asbestos Related Disease Claims
- Back Injury Claims
- Brain Injury Claims
- Burns Lacerations and Scarring Claims
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims
- Cerebral Palsy Claims
- Child Brain Injury Claims
- Dermatitis Claims
- Eye Injury Claims
- Fatal Accident Clams
- Food Poisoning Claims
- Fractures/Broken Bone Claims
- Head Injury Claims
- Neck Injury Claims
- Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims
- Serious Injury Claims
- Spine Injury Claims
- Vibration White Finger Claims
- Whiplash Claims
Pinto Potts Solicitors have helped thousands of people throughout the UK make accident compensation claims every year, for over 25 years. Our Solicitors are industry recognised Personal Injury experts, regulated by the Law Society and members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel.
Visit our dedicated Personal Injury website www.pintopottspersonalinjury.co.uk
Our specialist personal injury solicitors will handle your claim on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis, with no financial risk to you*. Phone 01252 361 200 or 0800 316 4434 for a free consultation.
Only the best will do
If you are considering a personal injury claim, you can be sure that the insurance company is going to hire the best Solicitor that they can. If you do not hire a talented, experienced Solicitor, you may be at a disadvantage. With Pinto Potts you will have specialist personal injury solicitors with years of expertise fighting hard for you. We will always go the extra mile to Put Things Right and deliver to you the maximum in compensation. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
- Slip and Trip Claims
- Pavement/Local Authority Accident Claims
- Supermarket/Shop Accident Claims
- Accident in Dangerous Premises Claims
- Back Injury Claims
- Neck Injury Claims
- Broken Bone and Fracture Claims
- Burns, Lacerations & Scarring Claims
- Sports and Horse Riding Accident Claims
- Gym, Health Club and Leisure Centre Accident Claims
Most Common Claims
The most common type of personal injury claims are related to road traffic accidents (whiplash injuries, for example), accidents at work, tripping and slipping accidents (supermarkets, public places), and holiday accidents. Indeed, there is a wide array of accident types and the term personal injury also incorporates medical and dental accidents (which lead to numerous medical and dental negligence claims every year) and conditions which are often classified as industrial disease cases.
Less common, thankfully, are claims made by individuals who have suffered serious injuries. These injuries can arise from road accidents, industrial accidents or industrial diseases, or other events and can leave the victims and their families devastated. It is essential that claims relating to serious injuries are dealt with by Solicitors who have specific expertise and who can provide a comprehensive support to their clients. Pinto Potts has over 25 years of experience in dealing with serious or catastrophic injuries, including spine injury, head and brain injury and amputations and has the expertise to settle your claim professionally and compassionately.
Where the accident was the fault of someone else, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from the person whose negligent conduct caused the injury compensation.
How long do I have to claim?
In England and Wales, under the limitation rules, where an individual is bringing a claim for compensation, court proceedings must be commenced within 3 years of the date of the accident, failing which the claimant will lose the right to bring their claim. However, if the injured party was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, then they have up until the day prior to their 21st birthday to commence proceedings. Pinto Potts offers a No Win, No Fee* arrangement for personal injury claims.
If you would like to speak to one of our personal injury Solicitors for free legal advice, call us now on Freephone: 0800 316 4434 or or contact us using the form on the right hand side of this page.
* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with a QLS approved insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.
If you would like to speak with any members of the Team, please feel free to call them at Freephone 0800 316 4434 or locally at 01252 361 200 or email us.
Additionally you can use our easy “Free Legal Advice” service. All you need to do is fill in the form on the right-hand side of the page with the relevant details and we will contact you promptly by your preferred method. We’re here to help you. We’re here to Put Things Right.
“I wrote on behalf of my Granddaughter, who is very grateful for the help and advice she was given by Nick Elkins in respect of her personal injury claim. She was delighted with the end result and never expected to receive as much for her injury. She would not hesitate to recommend your services to her friends, should the need arise. She sends her heartfelt thanks.”
“Thanks to Nick Elkins with the help regarding my claim … never thought for a minute I would receive a cheque for that amount … I’ll be having a great Christmas now thanks to you. I have now passed on your cards and will recommend your services to friends and workmates. Once again thank you.”
“I have to say many thanks for a wonderful surprise in the post. Thank you to all who have helped along the way of my claim and for all the advice and help I have received from Pinto Potts. I have been recommending anyone I know to you. Wish you all the best.”
“Just a note to thank you for all your effords, we really appreciate all that you have done for us. We are pleased that the Hospital admitted that they were negligent regarding my husband’s care, which for us was the most important part of the case. Although it will not bring him back, it now provides some closure for us.”
“Thank you for all your help and support … you have done a great job.”
We realise that as an injured person you have choice as to which firm you instruct.
Sometimes, however, your Union or Insurer will pass you to a firm of solicitors whom you otherwise would not have chosen to use.
You may also have experienced poor quality service, such as delays or periods of inactivity, and are concerned about whether you are receiving the right advice.
You will also want the comfort and knowledge that your claim is being handled by the best and that you will obtain the very best award of compensation that can be achieved.
At Pinto Potts we stake our reputation on our ability to succeed in cases other firms of solicitors refuse to accept in the first place or start and subsequently reject.
Legally you have a right to choose your own Solicitor.
Some insurance companies effectively sell your personal details to a firm of Solicitors – this is the firm they ‘appoint’.
If you are not happy with the firm of Solicitors chosen by your insurance company we might be able to help. You can transfer at any time. Clients regularly come to us in this way.
All you need to do is contact us, by phone or e-mail, and we will take it from there.
We will request your file, review the papers and plan your case going forward. You will not need to have any further dealings with them at all.
Clients who have decided to move their case to Pinto Potts have been impressed by our approach to their case and we have gone on to achieve the best possible outcome for them.
Mr R was told by his “appointed” solicitor that the most he could expect from his whiplash injury was £4,000. David Potts took the case on, and won an award exceeding £100,000 for Mr R.
We are happy to discuss your situation and advise you on what we can do for you and then you can decide whether you wish to proceed with moving your case.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain
All you have to decide is whether you wish to stay with your current lawyers or move your case to us.
We’ll give you 5 good reasons.
1. Over 25 years of success, and exceeding client expectations.
You can be sure that the insurance company is going to hire the best lawyer they can find to fight your claim. Pinto Potts has won thousands of cases, in and out of court, against the biggest insurance companies for over 25 years, winning much needed compensation for injured people just like you.
We’re here to help you. And you’ll be glad you have us on your side.
2. Pinto Potts will get you the maximum compensation, with no financial risk to you*.
You need to beware of firms who will “under settle” your claim ( ie advise you to settle too soon, for too little). They are driven by volume and throughput. At Pinto Potts we treat each and every client’s situation as unique, and will act in your best interest at all times. This is our promise to you.
We have won millions of pounds for our clients, with no financial risk *.
3. We have a strong commitment to “Put Things Right”, and are willing to fight long and hard for you.
Pinto Potts has an outstanding reputation for helping victims of accidents and negligence. We have seen thousands of people’s lives shattered in an instant, and have felt very privileged to be able to help our clients successfully rebuild their lives with the expert legal, financial and medical support we can offer.
Some Solicitors will receive a denial of Liability and then close their file. At Pinto Potts we are prepared to fight every inch of the way for our clients, to obtain an admission of liabilty, or to issue Court Proceedings and get a successful outcome before a Judge.
We will go the distance for you to “Put Things Right”. Try us and find out.
4. The Solicitor you chose Will make a Difference.
We understand how stressful and often devastating accidents, injuries and illnesses can be, especially when they were caused by someone else’s negligence. We know how much you need top quality, expert advice and support, as well as a tireless advocate on your side, fighting hard for the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible, in the shortest amount of time. Pinto Potts delivers on all counts.
But don’t take our word for it. Visit our dedicated Personal Injury website at http://www.pintopottspersonalinjury.co.uk and let our Client Stories and Testimonials show you first-hand how genuinely pleased our clients have been.
Our “Client Stories” include many where other lawyers said:
• the case could not be won, but we won
• the award would be very small, but we won a significant sum
• the case was too difficult/risky/time consuming, but we put our client’s interests first
But it is what our clients have to say that matters most. Our “Testimonials” are from real people that came to us after illness or injury, and we delivered results far exceeding their expectations. For example, a client from Southampton wrote:
“Just a few words to thank you for your professionalism in the way you handled my case and the way you put my interests first. It was a nice change to deal with someone who cares and once again thank you for a first class service”
You owe it to yourself to call us first.
5. We will treat you with respect and your injury with compassion.
Pinto Potts has built its outstanding reputation by delivering the best possible advice and the maximum compensation possible.
We are a firm of lawyers, not case-processors. You will deal with one experienced Personal Injury Lawyer from start to finish. And that lawyer will provide you with approximately 20 years of Personal Injury legal insight and expertise.
You can trust Pinto Potts to provide the highest level of professional expertise and support, as well as genuine care and compassion, in a jargon-free and friendly environment. You can take comfort in knowing that we’ll be with you every step of the way.
* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with a QLS approved insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.
Road Traffic Accidents
Mr G: We are presently preparing to appeal to the Supreme Court from a Court of Appeal decision in this high value (£500,000+) Road Traffic Accident case. Mr G had been a passenger in a car when it struck a tree. Mr G was trapped in the car for some time, and suffered brain damage. The case is extremely complicated for a number of highly technical reasons, and we are fighting to the Supreme Court for Mr G, all on a no win, no fee basis.
Mr B: We recently attained a settlement in the sum of £650,000.00 for a Claimant injured in a Road Accident,who spent 3 years wearing an Ilizarov frame. Mr B had been driving his car when an oncoming car veered into his lane and hit him. Mr B was trapped in the car and had to cut out and airlifted for medical attention.
We acted for a child who brought a claim against the MIB untraced drivers claim that was refused as the claim was brought outside the 3 year time limit. The case made substantive case law as the court of appeal agreed that the EEC doctrine of “Equivalence” applied and the UK government had to pay compensation even though the MIB agreement had a 3 year time limit for children
We represented Mrs L who sustained a lower back injury when a third party failed to give way to her vehicle at a junction. As a result of the collision, Mrs L’s vehicle rolled over and Mrs L had to be cut out of her vehicle by the emergency services. Mrs L was initially represented by her insurer’s panel solicitors, but was unhappy with the service provided and asked Pinto Potts Solicitors to take over the conduct of her case. We arranged private treatment for Mrs L and obtained interim payments for Mrs L from the Defendant’s insurer whilst the case progressed. Court proceedings were issued and we settled Mrs L’s case at £55,000.00.
Mr J T: We represented a cyclist in a Road Traffic Accident, struck by a motor car that was travelling at high speed. The cyclist suffered life threatening and devastating injuries that prevented him from working for many months, in his capacity as a self employed consultant. Much needed interim payments of £90,000 were obtained to make up for his lost income before eventually securing a settlement of £725,000. Mr JT and his family were protected, and Mr JT received the medical attention he needed.
Mrs T, a 45 year old woman, was a very unfortunate victim of Clinical Negligence. She was left blinded in one eye by a consultant who injected a solution into the wrong part of her eye. We fought on Mrs T’s behalf and secured compensation of approximate £50,000.
Mr & Mrs T: We acted on behalf of a man and his children, upon the death of the man’s partner who was tragically killed by a motor car whilst on holiday. The clients were personally recommended to Pinto Potts by a prior client, and we successfully secured a six figure sum for the family.
Mr B: We represented this client in a Motorcycle Accident compensation claim. Mr B was hit by a turning car and suffered severe injuries to his hands as a result. Mr B was in his 40’s, married and unable to work. We secured a settlement in excess of £1,000,000 for Mr B.
We acted for Mr. B. of Epsom, who was injured in a motorcycle accident, after colliding with a car. Liability for the accident was admitted by the other drivers Insurance Company at an early stage. We arranged for Mr. B. to see a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who determined that he had suffered a short term injury to his shoulder, but also a long term injury to his right knee from which he would be likely to experience symptoms indefinitely. The Insurance company made a nominal offer of compensation which Mr. B. rejected. Norwich Union decided they were not prepared to negotiate further and allowed the matter to proceed to a Court hearing where we represented Mr. B. and where he was awarded compensation of £10,791 plus his legal costs.
Mrs R was working as a volunteer in the local community club, when she sustained a head Injury, working from height on a lorry. We were able to obtain compensation in excess of £150,000 for Mrs R, to help her recover from her injuries, and lead a normal life after the accident.
Mrs M was struck by a car whilst walking along the High Street. As a result of the collision, Mrs M. was thrown into the air, landed on her back and suffered injuries leading to back pain, shoulder pain, traumatisation and travel anxiety. After the incident, Mrs M. at 67 years of age, needed to retire from her part-time job early. We worked hard on Mrs M’s behalf and won an award in excess of what had initially been expected to compensate the client. Mrs M was not only compensated for her for pain and suffering, but also for her lost earnings and pension by retiring 2 years early. The funds made a big difference to Mrs M. and allowed her to put the accident behind her and start enjoying her retirement.
Mr J & Mr N: We areacting for two members of our Nepalese community, who were hit by a car whilst walking on the pavement. Both gentlemen suffered compound fractures in this pedestrian accident.
Mr K: We represented a member of our Nepalese community, a Gurkha in his 20’s, who very sadly suffered a serious injury, having his arm blown off in a military training exercise that went wrong. Mr K was awarded £100,000 in compensation, which helped this young man to carry on with his life with the help and support he needed.
Accident at Work
Mrs K: We acted on behalf of Mrs. K from Southampton who sustained a serious head injury in an accident at work. Mrs. K. severed a nerve in her forehead in the accident and as a consequence, suffered frighteningly severe migraine headaches on a frequent basis, which limited the hours she could work. Her employers admitted responsibility for the accident and made her an offer of £9,500 in full and final satisfaction of her claim and then refused to negotiate thereafter. Acting under a No Win, No Fee Agreement Pinto Potts took Mrs K’s case to Trial in Southampton County Court, where she was awarded compensation by the Court of £73,492.
We recently acted for Mr G from Norfolk who had spent his entire working life in a light engineering workshop. Toward the end of his time with his employers he started to notice that he was suffering from a reduced level of hearing and sought legal advice. Pinto Potts agreed to act on behalf of Mr G under a no win, no fee agreement and presented a claim to his employers that his deafness was caused by exposure to excessive levels of noise in the workplace, without hearing protection. Liability was denied and the employers and their insurance company disputed that Mr G had occupational deafness and that if he did, his claim was out of time. Court proceedings had to be issued and in the end Pinto Potts recovered compensation of £5,250 for Mr G without any deductions.
Fatal Accidents & Inquests
Mr K: We acted for the bereaved family of a motorcyclist who was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident under the terms of a “no win, no fee” agreement. Establishing who was at fault was not straightforward in this case. Initially, the court found the motorcyclist to be at fault. However, the decision was Appealed successfully and the case was settled for a six figure sum, securing the financial future for the young bereaved family.
This case, is of particular significance for two reasons: 1) it resulted in changes to the court procedures in dealing with cases involving fatalities, and 2) importantly, it demonstrates how far Pinto Potts is willing to go, to “put its money where its mouth is” in terms of a “no win, no fee” agreement. The firm had incurred substantial costs when it first lost at trial, but continued to fight on behalf of our client, at great expense, until justice was done for his family.
Mr F: We acted for the bereaved family of a passenger in a works motor vehicle, who suffered a fatal injury, when the car in which he was travelling was struck by a wheel that had become detached from another motor vehicle, which had been travelling along the dual carriageway in the opposite direction.
The issues in the case were complex and involved obtaining expert forensic evidence to establish that the vehicle had been poorly serviced/maintained prior to it being sold by a garage. It was established that the mechanic had used the improper equipment when working on the back wheel.
Initially the insurers for the garage refused to cover the garage which resulted in separate court proceedings as well as the main action.
This case required relentless determination, significant legal expertise and a desire to see justice done for our client. The matter settled at trial, with the bereaved family receiving in excess of £200,000.
Burns, Lacerations & Scars
Mr P, 55, was working as cleaner when he suffered a very deep laceration to his arm. In fact he almost lost his arm. We acted on his behalf in this Accident at Work, and recovered over £30,000 in compensation on a no win, no fee basis.
Mr B was struck in a side impact car accident. Mr B was quickly offered £1,200 by an insurance company as compensation for his injuries, before his first physiotherapy session. We advised our client to seek proper medical advice regarding his injuries before settling, as the true extent of the injuries may not be immediately apparent. Unfortunately for Mr B his condition worsened with time, and he was unfortunately unable to work as a cleaner for three years. We obtained £62,500 for the gentleman which meant that Mr B received the medical attention he needed and no loss of earnings.
Mr & Mrs T: We acted on behalf of a newlywed couple and their wedding breakfast guests who experienced life-threatening food poisoning. Not only was the honeymoon a disaster, but some guests were hospitalised and were suffering symptoms 1 year later.
Cruise Ship Accident
Mrs K: We represented a lady who suffered a accident on a holiday abroad, on a cruise. Mr & Mrs K has saved for years to take a luxury 25th wedding anniversary cruise, but it was ruined by a severe leg injury caused by jutting metal protruding from a staircase under repair on the cruise ship. The ship admitted liability and we won an award for the couple that allowed Mrs K to recover fully and for the couple to take another cruise.
Miss J: We recently settled shortly before Trial a whiplash case for a this client. She was aged 27 at the time of the accident. Her car was hit from behind and she had a nasty whiplash injury which didn’t recover despite osteopath treatment. She had lived with an elderly relative from the age of 12 and wasn’t able to continue caring for the relative. The medical prognosis was that she could expect her residual neck pain and headaches to continue permanently. The Defendants accepted that it was reasonable to pay for some help with care of the elderly relative, and that she was disadvantaged in the workplace, and an amicable settlement was reached one month before trial for £70,000.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Mrs P and her family were living in rented accommodation. At the end of the 2009 the whole family started to experience symptoms of headaches, sickness and general malaise. It then turned out that the boiler in the rented property was defective, causing a carbon monoxide leak. A claim was made against the landlord. A settlement was negotiated by us with the Landlord’s insurers. Mrs P was paid £6,000 to compensate her for her pain and suffering as a result of the poisoning. Additionally, each of the three children received compensation, which will be invested on the directions of the Court and will result in useful payments to each of them when they reach 18 years of age.
Uninsured Driver Scheme
We acted for a child who brought a claim against the MIB untraced drivers scheme. It was refused as the claim was brought outside the 3 year time limit. However we fought this ruling based upon an EEC doctrine, made new case law in the UK, and won compensation for our client.