Making a personal injury compensation claim

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If your injuries were caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation.

How did your injury happen?

Starting a personal injury claim is not complicated, but the process will differ depending on how and where you were injured.

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Am I entitled to make a claim?

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

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?

Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the circumstances of your injury, whether there was a criminal incident or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.

We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Claim Checker.

What if I was injured as a child?

An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child. Whether you were injured on a playground, at school, or anywhere else, you can begin an injury claim at any time until you are 21 years old.

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Child injury compensation claims

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

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.

Buckingham road accident claims

Department of Transport data shows there were 792 road accidents in Buckinghamshire in 2021, including 610 slight accidents, 164 accidents and 18 fatalities. Accidents in the Buckingham area in 2013 included car crashes on the A421 and A413 roundabout and on the A422 and A413 roundabout.

All road users, including cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians, owe a duty of care to all other users. If you have been injured as a result of the actions or negligence of another road user, you may be able to start a no win, no fee claim for compensation.

Whether you have been hurt in a collision on a roundabout, or were the victim of a hit-and-run driver, our expert team can help. Our expert guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

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Claim road accident compensation

Work injury claims in Buckingham

There were 1 fatalities and 259 other work accidents in Buckinghamshire in 2021.

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

Whether you suffered an injury when working as a mechanic or a doctor, our work injury claim guide explains your rights and to make a successful compensation claim.

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Work accident compensation

How common are Buckingham work accidents?

Buckinghamshire work accidents (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Undefined10%
Electrical injury0%
Machinery related injury2%
Exposed to fire1%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. arsenic poisoning)1%
Fall from height10%
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)3%
Lifting and handling injuries22%
Physical attack12%
Slip, trip, fall same level27%
Struck against2%
Struck by moving vehicle1%
Struck by object8%
Trapped by something collapsing0%

Medical negligence claims in Buckingham

Medical negligence describes when a person sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from a clinic or NHS trust covering Buckingham, including Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (Executive Office, Hartwell Wing, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire).

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Claim clinical negligence compensation

Public place accident claims in Buckingham

Owners and operators (occupiers) of publicly accessible premises have a duty of care to ensure the safety of anyone on their property.

Whether you were injured on a slippery floor at a supermarket or in a playground, and the owner or occupier of the property was at fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

If you have been injured in an accident in a public place, we can help.

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Public place accident compensation claims

Serious injury compensation claims

Serious injuries, often referred to as catastrophic injuries, are those which have a life-changing impact on an injured claimant and their family. These include brain injuries or amputations.

Your solicitor will liaise with doctors, health professionals and insurance providers to ensure you receive the care you need. Serious injury compensation will help to reduce the impact of bills and other expenses, so you can concentrate on your recovery.

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Serious injury compensation claims

Will I have to visit my solicitor's office?

If you are planning to start a claim, you do not need to go to a solicitor's office.

On a quick phone call with a friendly advisor, you can explain what happened and find out if you may have a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim.

Whenever you are ready, you can speak to a solicitor. They will address any questions you have, and will take care of each stage of the claims process until you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Buckingham and cross the UK.

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FAQs

Has Quittance helped many injury claimants in Buckingham?

We can help you make a no win, no fee injury claim whether you live in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, or anywhere across the UK.

Your lawyer will work hard to recover the best possible compensation for your injuries, regardless of whether you were injured whilst doing your job, in a car or motorbike accident or in a public place.

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.

Buckingham personal injury solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary.

Online reviews and word of mouth will make it easier choose the best solicitor for your needs.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

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

If, for example, 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 for them.

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

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

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

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.

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Will I have to go to court?

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

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator