A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Dorking or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced lawyers are able to assist with your claim and we will set up a medical at a centre near you .

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our expert solicitors can help you make 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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Key criteria

Injury claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It needs to be shown 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

Compensation calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in Dorking

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Dorking are quite common. Official statistics show a total of 5223 accidents (4624 slight accidents, 581 serious accidents and 18 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Surrey local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 5,408. Accidents in the Dorking area in 2013 included collisions on the A24 and A25 roundabout and on the A24 and B2038 roundabout.

Our network of accredited road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in getting maximum compensation for people who have been injured in a car accident in Dorking.

Further information: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Dorking

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from scaffolding erectors to customs officers, to claim maximum compensation. Injury and illness statistics for the Mole Valley local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR by the Government in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Mole Valley Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Machinery related114
Explosives related010
Exposure to harmful substance101
Fall from height524
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)300
Lifting and handling injuries36119
Slip, trip, fall same level302516
Struck against620
Hit by vehicle010
Hit by object15128

Further information: Accident at work compensation claim

Other claims we handle

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially reported statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury in the Surrey workplace. These types of accident are sometimes the forerunner to accidents attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by tools in use, a fall from a ladder or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place (Mole Valley local authority) accident claims injuries like broken wrists suffered on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with street falls having occurred on Spook Hill and on High Street.

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that include anything from noise induced hearing loss to cancer caused by diesel exhaust fumes.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claims

Serious injury specialists acting in Dorking

The Courts recognise that serious injuries will have a significant impact on an injured person. Quittance's team fight for maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness, including reimbursement for physiotherapy and treatment. Our panel of solicitor firms have helped families claim damages for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries referred to as serious and catastrophic range from concussion to cerebral palsy.

Further information: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical negligence in Dorking

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a person is injured or becomes ill due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation. For example, to make a formal complaint against Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation claim

Dorking 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 Dorking and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Dorking and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their specialist expertise and their track record in winning claims.

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 Quittance solicitors handled many Dorking claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Dorking, Surrey and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of people across Surrey seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including workplace accidents and motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as easy and 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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your accident?

Usually a claim can take months to agree a settlement. In the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to claimants, such as communication or speed.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust throughout the claims process to offer legal guidance and practical advice.

Will I need to choose a local injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitor is not so relevant as cases are usually conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should select a solicitors' firm that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will usually need to go to a medical exam.

The disparity in the amount of success fees charged by law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is a material consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant accepting a settlement of ?101,927 for spinal cord damage could vary from ?61,156 to ?86,638.

Additional reading Compare solicitors

Reviews for injury lawyers in Dorking

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

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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