A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Crowthorne or anywhere in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our expert solicitors can help you make a 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 must, in most cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In the majority of cases, there are three main elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities 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.

Beginning your claim sooner should enable the solicitor to collect useful supporting evidence.

How much compensation could I get?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of criteria. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Crowthorne

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Crowthorne are relatively commonplace. Official statistics show a total of 315 accidents (262 slight accidents, 52 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wokingham local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 359. Accidents in the Crowthorne region in 2013 included crashes on the A3095 and B3348 roundabout and on the roundabout of the A321 and B3430 mini-roundabout.

Quittance's panel of knowledgeable road traffic accident litigators are experienced in negotiating the highest settlements for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Crowthorne.

Find out more: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Crowthorne

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from construction workers to crown prosecution service lawyers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident at work statistics in the Wokingham local authority are published in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Wokingham Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury576
Exposed to fire001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)424
Fall from height (scaffolding)957
Animal related401
Lifting and handling injuries292217
Slip, trip, fall same level303231
Struck against314
Hit by vehicle111
Struck by object877
Trapped underneath something002

Find out more: Work accident compensation claim

Other types of claim

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with claiming compensation for industrial illness ranging from noise induced hearing loss to acute silicosis.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury solicitors acting in Crowthorne

We recognise the critical change a compensation claim makes to the lives of severely injured claimants.

By reducing the pressure catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured claimant and their dependants, injury compensation helps claimants to concentrate on their recovery.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported figures underscore the fact that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Berkshire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are typically connected to injuries recorded in a different category e.g. being hit by a moving object or a river drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as broken shoulders experienced on spillages are also common with slips having happened on Dukes Ride.

Medical and clinical negligence in Crowthorne

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient is injured due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been injured by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want a better understanding of events instead of claiming compensation. You can write to Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Crowthorne 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 Crowthorne and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Crowthorne, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in Crowthorne?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Crowthorne, Berkshire and across the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we helped hundreds of people in Berkshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including ladder accidents and whiplash.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, mean that claiming compensation is as stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to handle your claim?

Compensation for a compensation claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be settled. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, choosing a lawyer to fit your requirements is vital.

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Levels of service provided by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary.

Online reviews can be a good place to start if you are deciding which lawyer to work with.

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Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

You do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

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

The difference in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums charged by firms is significant.

E.g. the amount retained by a successful claimant awarded ?26,576 for significant hip or pelvis injuries without serious permanent damage could vary from ?15,946 to ?22,590.

See How much can you claim?

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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