Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became sick due to someone else's actions, you may be able to claim compensation.

How Quittance can help

Every year, we help injured people in Basildon, Essex and across the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim compensation?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or if there is an uninsured driver involved.

A brief phone consultation will tell you whether you have a valid compensation claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Claim Checker:

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in Basildon

Basildon drivers and other road users can make a claim for compensation if they are hurt as the result of another party's actions.

Regardless of whether you were involved as a pedestrian on Basildon's roads, or were a passenger in a car accident, Quittance's road accident compensation claim guide explains everything you need to know about how to get started.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Basildon

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

However your injury occurred, whether you suffered a cut or laceration or developed carpal tunnel syndrome, our work accident claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Officially recorded statistics indicate that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent accident at work in Essex. These types of accident are frequently connected to accidents attributed to other reasons like being struck by moving machinery, when supporting another person or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability claims for injuries like strained muscles occurring on raised flagstones are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having occurred on Coppice Lane and on Ballards Walk.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for closure or answers as opposed to a compensation award, you could make a formal complaint. To make a complaint against Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Basildon Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex.

Read more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The effect serious injury can have will be acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when working out injury compensation. Damages will lessen the financial load on a claimant and their family enabling them to focus on recovery. The panel of expert law firms for many years have helped people affected by serious accidents and injuries.

Read more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Basildon No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Basildon injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Basildon, Essex and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Why Quittance Legal Services?

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Quittance's track record of claims in Basildon?

Quittance is a national network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Basildon, Essex and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of injured claimants across Essex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents on building sites.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Reviews for lawyers in Basildon

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

Are Basildon claimants restricted to only local law firms?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

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 minor Achilles tendon injuries could vary between £5,885 and £10,175 (based on 2015 market research).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

What are the road accident statistics in Basildon

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Basildon are relatively commonplace. Government statistics reveal 34 fatal accidents, 538 serious accidents and 3428 slight accidents in 2013 in Essex (Total events were 4000 local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 4,352. Accidents in the Basildon region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the B148 and A176 roundabout and on the A127 and A176 slip road.

Quittance's panel of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers have decades of experience in securing optimum settlements for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Basildon.

What are the Basildon work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019 accident information for the Basildon Local Authority (2013/14) was available under RIDDOR legislation by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in Basildon Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
General32
Electric shock0
Machinery related6
Exposure to harmful substance0
Fall from height15
Injured by an animal2
Manual handling53
Physical attack28
Slip or trip63
Struck against2
Struck by moving vehicle3
Hit by object23
Crushed by something collapsing1

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor