A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Cookham or anywhere in the UK, we can will manage your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date of the injury.

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

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

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The total compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Work accident claims in Cookham

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people hurt in an accident, from office workers to children's nurses, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident at work data in the Wycombe local authority collated in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government and set out below:

HSE reported work accidents in Wycombe Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related626
Fire related (e.g. burns)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. exposure to Teflon fumes)554
Fall from height (ladder)161511
Injured by an animal105
Lifting and handling injuries523624
Physical assault724
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)755340
Struck against624
Struck by moving vehicle322
Struck by object12817
Trapped by something collapsing110

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Road traffic accident claims in Cookham

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Cookham are common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 454 accidents (399 slight accidents, 52 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Berkshire local authority district. In 2014 accidents decreased to 454.

Quittance's network of professional litigators have decades of experience in fighting for maximum compensation for people hurt in a car accident in Cookham.

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Other types of claim

Serious injury solicitors in Cookham

The Courts understand that serious injuries will have a life-altering effect on a claimant and their dependants. We work for maximum compensation for major injuries. This includes claiming for the cost of ongoing treatment and care.

Our panel of lawyers communicate with insurance companies, medical practitioners and the Courts to ensure people affected by serious accidents get the legal and medical support they need.

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Slip and trip injuries

HSE figures indicate that slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of injury in the Berkshire workplace. These types of accident are sometimes connected to accidents categorised as something else like being hit by moving machinery, a fall from a height or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability cases for injuries like broken shoulders happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with recent kerb stone trips having happened on Furlong Road.

Clinical and medical negligence in Cookham

Medical negligence is the term for when a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to financial damages. For example, to make a formal complaint against Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire.

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Cookham 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 Cookham and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

Our national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Cookham and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

Have you handled many claims in Cookham?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Cookham, Berkshire and across the country, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted hundreds of people in Berkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents at work and car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.


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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Selecting the most appropriate law firm to help you is your most important step towards achieving the most compensation.

How can you ensure you select the ideal law firm to handle your case?

The variation in the amount of success fees between different law firms is an important consideration for claimants.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person who was awarded ?79,205 for mesothelioma might vary from ?47,523 to ?67,324.

Read more at Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Comparing injury solicitors in Cookham - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

Are Cookham claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

You do not need to pick a lawyer near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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

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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