A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Danbury or anywhere else in the UK, we can handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with 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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Key criteria

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

In most cases, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It needs to be shown that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

In all cases, a free phone call with an Danbury injury lawyer can give information and useful advice.

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The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our injury calculator provides a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in Danbury

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of certified no win no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in obtaining optimum compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Danbury.

Accidents involving all vehicles in Danbury are relatively frequent with 34 fatal accidents, 538 serious accidents and 3428 slight accidents in 2013 in Essex (Total events were 4000 council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 4,352.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Danbury

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants injured at work, from catering assistants to credit analysts, to secure financial compensation settlements. Injury and illness figures for the Danbury local authority collated in accordance with regulations by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in Maldon Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Contact with machinery444
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)120
Fall from height726
Injured by an animal001
Physical assault200
Slip, trip, fall same level182015
Struck against641
Struck by moving vehicle111
Hit by falling object644
Trapped by something collapsing100

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Other injury claims

Clinical negligence in Danbury

When a person suffers injury or illness due to the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You could make a formal complaint if you only want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of starting an injury claim. You can contact Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, for example, to raise a complaint against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claims

Slip and trip accidents

Officially reported data stress the fact that slips and trips are the single most prevalent cause of injury at work in Essex and the UK as a whole. Slips and trips are quite often the forerunner to accidents categorised as something else like being hit by an object falling from a vehicle, when helping another person or an asphyxiation accident. Public place (Maldon local authority) accident claims injuries like fractured vertebrae happening on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with street trips having occurred on Washington Rd and on Main Rd.

Industrial disease

Lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that range from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to asthma caused by flour.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Danbury serious injury compensation

Quittance's team recognise the difference a successful claim will make to seriously injured claimants.

By relieving the stress a serious injury imposes on a claimant, compensation allows them to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of specialist lawyers for many years have aided people affected by serious accidents. Injuries and medical conditions considered to be catastrophic or serious include brain injuries and benzene poisoning.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

Danbury No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Danbury and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Danbury and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their years of specialist experience.

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

What experience do you have of claims in Danbury?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Danbury, Essex and throughout the country, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of claimants in Essex get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from pedestrian accidents to scaffolding accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make the claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.


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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

How to choose the best personal injury lawyer for you

Compensation for a claim for compensation can take months, and even years in cases of serious injury, to be paid. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to trust throughout your claim to give expert legal guidance and practical advice.

Do I need a local lawyer ?

The location of a lawyers office is not so critical as cases now tend to be handled by phone, post and email.

You will need to select a solicitors practice that has national medical centres as you will almost always need to go to an independent medical examination.

Check Danbury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, vary enormously.

Researching reviews can be informative when deciding which lawyer to instruct.

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Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. 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 serious injuries to the big toe or to several other toes, for example, ranges from ?7,755 to ?11,110 (based on 2015 market data).

The key issue to be aware of is 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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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