A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Eastleigh or anywhere in the country, our expert lawyers can take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can help you make 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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Key criteria

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what is important in such circumstances.

For most claims, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It must 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

Find out how much you can claim

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Eastleigh

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Eastleigh are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 3661 accidents (2955 slight accidents, 660 serious accidents and 46 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hampshire local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,743.

Quittance's group of road traffic accident personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving optimum awards for claimants who have been hurt in a car accident in Eastleigh.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Eastleigh

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from construction workers to customs officers, to claim work accident compensation. Injury and illness figures in the Eastleigh local authority collated in accordance with regulations by the HSE and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Eastleigh Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related674
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. exposure to Teflon fumes)402
Fall from height121111
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)303
Lifting and handling injuries624030
Physical attack672
Slip or trip554830
Struck against737
Struck by moving vehicle245
Hit by object21149
Trapped under falling object102

Further information: Work accident compensation

Other claims

Medical negligence in Eastleigh

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you only want closure or answers as opposed to starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. To raise a complaint against Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Further information: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with securing compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from allergic contact dermatitis to chronic silicosis.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury lawyers handling compensation in Eastleigh

Courts recognise that serious injuries will have a life-changing effect on an individual. Quittance's panel of lawyers work to get maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, including claiming for medical treatment and care costs.

Further information: Serious injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

HSE statistics underscore the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Hampshire and the UK as a whole in 2014/15. Slips and trips are sometimes the forerunner to accidents categorised as something else e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine or an animal related accident. Public place cases for injuries such as broken wrists occurring on obstructed walkways are also common with pavement crack trips having happened on Shakespeare Rd and on Falkland Court.

Eastleigh 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 Eastleigh and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

The national network of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Eastleigh, from relatively minor claims to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their years of specialist experience and their winning track record.

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

How much experience do you have of claims in Eastleigh?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Eastleigh, Hampshire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Hampshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from slips and trips at work to accidents on the road.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that making an injury claim 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 to choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Usually a claim for compensation can take several months to complete and in the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is vital.

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 minor eye injuries, for example, ranges from ?3,190 to ?7,040 (based on 2015 market data).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Do I need to go with a local solicitor ?

Going for a local solicitor is not so relevant as cases are usually run by phone, post and email.

However, you should choose a solicitors practice that offers medical facilities near you as you will almost always be expected to go to a medical assessment.

Read about : What is the process for attending a medical?

Eastleigh solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by lawyers, as with any service, can vary significantly.

Researching online reviews can certainly be revealing when mulling over which lawyer to go with.

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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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