A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you are based in Billericay or anywhere in the country, our experienced lawyers are able to handle your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

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

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Eligibility to claim

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as RSI are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

The solicitor will discuss these key points and will explain how they apply to your claim.

How much compensation could I get?

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Billericay

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of specialist legal advisors have decades of experience in fighting for the best compensation for claimants who have been hurt in a road accident in Billericay.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Billericay are relatively commonplace with a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 4,352. Accidents in the Billericay region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A129 and A176 roundabout and on the A129 and B1007 roundabout.

Read more: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Billericay

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from building site contractors to automotive engineers, to claim injury compensation. Accident at work figures in the Basildon local authority made available in accordance with reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Basildon Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock130
Machinery related696
Exposure to harmful substance410
Fall from height261315
Injured by an animal012
Manual handling665453
Physical attack191728
Slip or trip927263
Struck against852
Struck by moving vehicle643
Hit by object362023
Crushed by something collapsing111

Read more: Accident at work claims

Other claims we handle

Medical and clinical negligence in Billericay

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when someone is injured due to the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a better understanding of events instead of financial compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, for example, to make a complaint against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Read more: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data underscore the fact that slips, trips and falls are still the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Essex workplace. These types of accident are often the initiators of accidents recorded in another category, such as being hit by a reversing vehicle or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Basildon local authority) cases for injuries such as strained muscles experienced on pavement cracks are also quite common with falls having happened on Perry St and on Grange Rd.

Serious injury experts serving Billericay

We understand the difference a successful claim makes to seriously injured claimants.

Quittance's team fight hard for compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, which includes compensation for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Billericay 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 Billericay and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Billericay, from whiplash cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Chosen on the basis of their winning track record, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

Has Quittance handled many claims in Billericay?

We are a UK-wide panel of expert solicitors dedicated to helping people in Billericay, Essex and throughout the UK, get compensation.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in Essex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from factory accidents to bike accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and expert advice, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How to select the right injury lawyer

Compensation for a claim can take months, and even years in the most serious claims, to be paid. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to trust throughout your claim to give compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

Many solicitors operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Read Billericay personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary significantly.

Online reviews can be enlightening if you are trying to decide which lawyer to work with.

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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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