A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Colchester or anywhere in the country, we can are able to assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is considered.

For most claims, proving an injury claim will involve three issues. It needs to be proven that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

A brief, no-obligation call with a personal injury solicitor will provide information and invaluable guidance.

Calculate your compensation

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our online compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Colchester

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for self employed and employed injured claimants, from farm workers to clinical scientists, to claim injury compensation. Work injury figures for the Colchester local authority are detailed under RIDDOR legislation by the Government in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Colchester Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock311
Machinery related6510
Exposed to explosion101
Fire related200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)814
Fall from height (ladder)201916
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)411
Lifting and handling injuries974153
Physical assault432120
Slip, trip, fall same level1036559
Struck against847
Hit by vehicle402
Hit by falling object302318
Trapped by something collapsing202

Find out more: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Colchester

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of knowledgeable road traffic accident (RTA) solicitors are experienced in achieving the best damages for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Colchester.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Colchester are common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 4,352. Incidents in the Colchester area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A134 and A133 roundabout and on the A134 and B1022 roundabout.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Other claims we handle

Serious injury

Quittance's team recognise the critical change a successful claim makes to the lives of people affected by catastrophic and serious injury. Damages will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on an injured person and their dependants so they can focus on recovery.

Quittance's panel of lawyers have helped people collect compensation for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious range from back injuries to deep vein thrombosis.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Safety statistics demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common accident at work in Essex. They are often connected to accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by material under pressure or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Colchester local authority) legal claims for injuries like bruised legs suffered on slippery pavements are also common with recent street falls having happened on North Hill.

Clinical negligence in Colchester

Medical negligence is the term used when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you just want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can write to Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

Colchester No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Colchester and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Colchester, from less severe claims to life-changing injury. Selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

What is your track record of injury claims in Colchester?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Colchester, Essex and throughout the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across Essex seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from workplace accidents to whiplash.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Locating the right personal injury solicitor

Identifying a suitable solicitors' practice for your case is your most important step towards obtaining the highest settlement or award for your injuries.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Colchester - how do you make certain you choose the best one for your needs?

What should be considered when checking reviews for solicitors in Colchester?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to strictly professional. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The contrast in the level of personal injury success fees and ATE premiums between lawyers is quite surprising.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of ?48,409 for a very severe ankle injury could conceivably vary from ?29,045 to ?41,148.

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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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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