A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Blackheath or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can will take on your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

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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

A claim must usually be made within a 3-year window.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Blackheath or work-related illness, there are three components to proving a claim. It must be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Your solicitor can take you through each of these key issues and will explain how they apply to your claim.

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The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of criteria. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Blackheath

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from building site contractors to building control officers, to claim work accident compensation. Accident at work information for the Greenwich local authority collated in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Government excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Greenwich Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported414833
Electric shock010
Machinery related injury968
Exposed to fire112
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)100
Fall from height (ladder)182030
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)711
Lifting and handling injuries784656
Physical assault354125
Slip, trip or fall948576
Struck against1498
Hit by vehicle423
Struck by object352232
Trapped underneath something211

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Road traffic accident claims in Blackheath

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Blackheath are not uncommon with statistics showing 2 fatal accidents, 26 serious accidents and 661 slight accidents in 2013 in Greenwich (Total events were 689 local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 770. Accidents in the Blackheath area in 2013 included collisions on the A205 and A20 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A207 and A205 crossroads.

Quittance's network of certified road traffic accident injury lawyers have vast experience in fighting for the highest awards for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Blackheath.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of injury in the Lewisham workplace in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the initiators of injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine or a river drowning accident. Public place litigation for injuries such as bruised legs experienced on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with pavement crack trips having occurred on Rochester Way and on Blackheath Grove.

Blackheath solicitors for serious injury claims

We recognise the vital difference injury compensation can make to seriously injured claimants.

The Quittance team fight for the maximum compensation for severe injury and illness. This includes compensation for private medical treatment and case costs. Our network of specialist lawyers engage with doctors and health professionals, Courts and insurance providers to ensure families impacted by major accidents receive legal and medical support. Injuries and medical conditions considered by the Courts to be serious include head injuries and lung disease.

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Medical and clinical negligence in Blackheath

When a person is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you only want closure as opposed to injury compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey, to make a complaint against Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Blackheath 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 Blackheath and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Blackheath, from less severe claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Selected on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

Has Quittance handled many claims in Blackheath?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Blackheath, Surrey and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across Surrey seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from scaffolding accidents to accidents on public transport.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


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 approach choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your claim

In most cases a claim can take months to agree a settlement and in serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

What should be considered when comparing Blackheath solicitor reviews?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The variation in the level of success fees between different law firms can have a significant impact on your compensation.

As an example the amount retained by a claimant having been awarded ?15,652 for neck injuries causing spondylosis, serious limitation of movement or permanent/recurring pain might vary from ?9,391 to ?13,304.

Further reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Do I need to choose a local Blackheath injury lawyer ?

The location of a lawyers office is not relevant as injury cases are normally run remotely.

However, you should select a solicitors' firm that has national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will usually need to attend a medical assessment.

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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