A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Chalfont St Giles or anywhere in the UK, our solicitors are able to manage 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 were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with an injury 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for compensation should, in most cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

For most claims, proving a claim has three key elements. It must be demonstrated that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Beginning your claim as soon as possible should allow the solicitor to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

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How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our online claim calculator provides an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Chalfont St Giles

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Chalfont St Giles are not uncommon. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 22 fatal accidents, 199 serious accidents and 1263 slight accidents in 2013 in Buckinghamshire (Total events were 1484 local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,527.

Quittance's network of expert road traffic accident personal injury solicitors have decades of experience in securing maximum damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle crash in Chalfont St Giles.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Chalfont St Giles

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants injured at work, from kitchen workers to computer sales supports, to claim injury compensation. Work accident statistics for the Chiltern local authority are published under RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

HSE reported work accidents in Chiltern Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related300
Machinery related424
Exposed to fire001
Harmful substance related300
Fall from height (scaffolding)925
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)210
Lifting and handling injuries19119
Physical assault431
Slip, trip, fall same level262515
Struck against441
Hit by vehicle102
Hit by falling object724
Trapped underneath something100

For more information: Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Medical negligence in Chalfont St Giles

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a patient suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of injury compensation. For example, you can write to Executive Office, Hartwell Wing, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, to make a complaint against Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence claims

Serious injury experts handling claims in Chalfont St Giles

Quittance understand the vital difference a compensation claim makes to people whose lives have been impacted by serious and catastrophic injury. A claim should lessen the financial load on a claimant and their family enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist law firms have helped families claim compensation for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as catastrophic or serious range from serious psychiatric harm to paralysis.

For more information: Serious injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

HSE statistics emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Buckinghamshire workplace. These types of accident are often the initiators of injuries attributed to other reasons such as being hit by an object falling from a ladder or a lake drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as torn ligaments sustained on tripping on a street are also quite prevalent with incidents having happened on High St and on Chalfont Road.

Chalfont St Giles No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Chalfont St Giles and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

Our national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Chalfont St Giles and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their level of specialist experience and their winning track record.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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 handling claims in Chalfont St Giles?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed solicitors that helps claimants in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Buckinghamshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from ladder accidents to car accidents.

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


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 means you will never be out of pocket.

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

Choosing a suitable injury solicitor for your legal case is your most important step towards claiming the most compensation for your injuries.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Chalfont St Giles, how do you make certain you select the best company to take on your case?

Are Chalfont St Giles claimants restricted to only local personal injury solicitors?

As with many professional services, you do not need to choose a solicitor near you.

Usually, the only aspect that needs a local service provider 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.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Chalfont St Giles - Tips for comparing firms

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the quality of service taken by individual firms.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for mild asthma, for example, ranges from ?8,580 to ?15,510 (based on 2015 market data).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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