A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Braintree or anywhere in the country, our experienced solicitors can handle your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, we can assist you with a claim for 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Personal injury claims should, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

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

How much can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our injury calculator provides a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Work accident claims in Braintree

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from plasterers to cartographers, to secure financial compensation awards. Accident statistics in the Braintree local authority are published in accordance with legislation by the Health and Safety Executive:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Braintree Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock301
Contact with machinery455
Explosion related001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)740
Fall from height131718
Injured by an animal222
Lifting and handling injuries562845
Physical attack703
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)694543
Struck against935
Struck by moving vehicle932
Hit by object353220

For more information: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Braintree

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of best of breed solicitors have vast experience in getting optimum awards for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Braintree.

Accidents involving vehicles in Braintree are relatively common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 4,352. Incidents in Braintree in 2013 included crashes on the A120 and B1018 roundabout and on the B1256 and A120 roundabout.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Other types of claim

Braintree specialists for serious injury compensation claims

The impact a serious injury has is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when working out what a claim is worth. By limiting the pressure severe injury imposes on an injured claimant, injury compensation helps them to prioritise their rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist law firms have helped families receive damages for a range of chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious and catastrophic include amputation and dioxin poisoning.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Medical and clinical negligence in Braintree

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when someone sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for the hospital to explain what happened instead of a compensation award. For example, you can contact Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, to make a formal complaint against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government statistics show that slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common accident in the Essex workplace in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are frequently the initiators of accidents filed under a different category such as being hit by an object falling from a vehicle or an asphyxiation accident. Public place (Braintree local authority) cases for injuries like strained muscles experienced on pavement ice are also quite prevalent with incidents having happened on Masefield Road and on Bedells Avenue.

Braintree 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 Braintree and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Braintree, from short-term injury cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Chosen on the basis of their winning track record, our lawyers have years of experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience does Quittance have of handling claims in Braintree?

We are a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Braintree, Essex and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Essex get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from road accidents to workplace accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

How to choose the best personal injury lawyer for your compensation claim

In many cases a injury claim can take months to agree a settlement. In serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

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

Do you have to choose a lawyer in Braintree?

You do not need to select a lawyer near you.

In most cases, the only aspect that should be carried out locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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

The variation in the amount of success fees charged by firms working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is huge.

E.g. the amount retained by an injured person who was awarded ?27,175 for severe shoulder injuries might vary from ?16,305 to ?23,099.

Read more at Compare solicitors

Reviews for solicitors in Braintree

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

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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