A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Bracknell or anywhere in the country, our injury lawyers can help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Compensation claims must be made within a 3-year window in the majority of cases.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like noise-induced deafness may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three components to proving a claim. It needs to be shown that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

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The amount of compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Bracknell

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Bracknell are relatively common with a total of 278 accidents (250 slight accidents, 26 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bracknell Forest local authority. By 2014 accidents decreased to 256. Accidents in Bracknell in 2013 included collisions on the A322 and A3095 roundabout and on the A329 and A322 roundabout.

Our network of proficient litigators have years of experience in obtaining optimum compensation for people hurt in a road accident in Bracknell.

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Work accident claims in Bracknell

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from farm workers to art therapists, to claim compensation. Injury and illness figures for the Bracknell Forest local authority made available in accordance with legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Bracknell Forest Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury300
Machinery related injury812
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)001
Exposed to fire010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)326
Fall from height8711
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)111
Lifting and handling injuries422131
Physical attack2032
Slip or trip462643
Struck against631
Hit by vehicle424
Hit by falling object1557

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Bracknell serious injury compensation claims

Courts recognise that a serious injury can have a life-changing effect on an injured person. A claim should lessen the financial burden and take the pressure off an injured person and their dependants enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of lawyers work with the legal system and medical practitioners ensuring families affected by serious accidents and injuries receive medical and financial support. Injuries and illnesses considered to be serious range from lung disease to deep vein thrombosis.

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Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially recorded data expose the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Berkshire. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes forerunner to injuries recorded in another category e.g. being hit by an object falling from a vehicle, a fall from a ladder or a harmful substance accident. Public place (Bracknell Forest local authority) accident claims injuries like broken collarbones sustained on obstructed footpaths are also common with pavement trips having occurred on Priestwood Square and on Oakmede Place.

Medical negligence in Bracknell

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to claiming compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can write to Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, for example, to make a formal complaint against Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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Bracknell No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Bracknell and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Bracknell and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their professionalism and their winning track record.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of injury claims in Bracknell?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in Bracknell, Berkshire and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of people across Berkshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including slips and trips at work and car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim is as stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How to choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Compensation for a claim for compensation can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be agreed. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your experience of making a claim, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

The variation in the amount of personal injury success fees and ATE premiums between lawyers working on No Win No Fee agreements is vast

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant awarded ?84,623 for extensive fractures causing serious long term problems could conceivably vary from ?50,774 to ?71,929.

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Comparing Bracknell personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

Will you need to choose a local lawyer ?

The location of a solicitor is not especially important as injury cases can be handled by phone and email.

You will need to select a company that has a national network as claimants will have to go to 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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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