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.

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.

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
Other71817
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
Assault21015
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, previously called medical negligence, is where an injury is suffered by a person a breach of duty on the part of a medical professional. Our panel of injury lawyers acting for Dorking have helped with medical negligence claims brought against health services that include Dorking Community Hospital, St Pauls Road West, Horsham Road, Dorking, RH4 2AA.

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.

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.