A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Caterham or anywhere in the UK, we can help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

Updated: September 17, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

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Key criteria

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

People with certain illnesses or conditions such as industrial deafness may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what is important in such circumstances.

In order to win a Caterham personal injury case, it must be shown that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

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Compensation calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Caterham

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Caterham are relatively frequent. Gov.uk statistics show 18 fatal accidents, 581 serious accidents and 4624 slight accidents in 2013 in Surrey (Total events were 5223 council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 5,408.

Quittance's panel of expert legal advisors have a wealth of experience in achieving the best general and special damages for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Caterham.

For more information: Road accident compensation claims

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Work accident claims in Caterham

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted Claimants, from bricklayers to civil engineers, to seek financial compensation. Injury and illness figures for the Tandridge local authority are compiled in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Tandridge Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified151711
Machinery related injury145
Fire related520
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)210
Fall from height679
Animal related223
Lifting and handling injuries38167
Physical attack1475
Slip, trip, fall same level322817
Struck against434
Struck by moving vehicle223
Struck by object11119

For more information: Work accident compensation

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Other injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Caterham

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a person is injured due to a consultant or other health professional's lack of care. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You can raise a formal complaint if you only want closure instead of financial compensation. For example, to raise a complaint against Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey.

For more information: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially recorded statistics underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common cause of injury at work in Surrey and the UK as a whole. These types of accident are often forerunner to injuries recorded in another category, such as being hit by tools in use or a river drowning accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like broken arms occurring on poorly maintained paths are also quite prevalent with recent pothole trips having occurred on Limpsfield Rd and on Godstone Rd.

Serious injury

The Courts understand that a serious injury will have a major impact on an individual and their dependants. A claim will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on an injured Claimant so they can focus on recovery.

For more information: Catastrophic injury claims

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Caterham 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 Caterham and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Caterham, from relatively minor claims to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their specialist expertise and their track record in recovering compensation.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do you have of handling claims in Caterham?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of results-focussed solicitors that helps people in Caterham, Surrey and across the country, obtain compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants in Surrey get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including public place accidents and industrial disease.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your injury?

It can take several months for the majority of claims to reach a settlement. Injury claims where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take much longer. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for moderate hearing loss could vary between ?12,100 and ?23,980 (based on 2015 market research).

What should you look for when checking Caterham solicitor reviews?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

Does the location of the law firm matter?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

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

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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