A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in Epping or anywhere in the country, our expert injury lawyers will manage your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a compensation 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 should be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred in the majority of cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

In all cases, answers and useful advice can be offered through a free phone consultation with an expert Epping lawyer.

What is my claim worth?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator gives you an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Work accident claims in Epping

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from gardeners to exploration geologists, to claim compensation. Accident at work figures for the Epping Forest local authority made available under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE in the table below:

HSE reported work accidents in Epping Forest Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock001
Machinery related524
Fire related (e.g. scars)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)102
Fall from height17510
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)120
Physical assault675
Slip, trip, fall same level483338
Struck against726
Struck by moving vehicle851
Struck by object19129

Further information: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Epping

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Epping are quite common. Government statistics reveal a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 4,352. Accidents in the Epping region in 2013 included car crashes on the M25 and M11 slip road and on the single carriageway of the B1393 and B181 junction.

Quittance's group of specialist road traffic accident (RTA) lawyers have decades of experience in securing the best damages for people who have been hurt in a road accident in Epping.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other types of claim

Epping solicitors for serious injury compensation

We understand the change compensation can make to the lives of people whose lives have been affected by serious injury. Compensation will ease the financial burden on a claimant and their family so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Our network of lawyers have for many years aided claimants impacted by major accidents.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical and medical negligence in Epping

Medical negligence describes when someone 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, Quittance can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for answers instead of injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can contact Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from mesothelioma to irritant contact dermatitis.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Recorded figures demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Essex in 2014/15. They are typically the initiators of injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by moving machinery or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Epping Forest local authority) negligence claims injuries such as sprained wrists occurring on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with recent pavement trips having occurred on High St and on Coppice Row.

Epping No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Epping and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Epping, from fast track whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their years of specialist experience and their track record in winning cases.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in Epping?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of specialist solicitors that helps people injured in Epping, Essex and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of people in Essex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to workplace accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.


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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

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

Finding the most appropriate law firm for your case is the most important step towards negotiating the best compensation settlement.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Epping (SRA 2015 figures) - how do you make sure you choose the best firm for your needs?

The variation in the amount of personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by firms often surprises claimants.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a claimant awarded ?101,929 for spinal cord damage can vary from ?61,157 to ?86,640.

Further reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Will you need to choose a local Epping lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby lawyers office is less critical as injury cases now tend to be managed remotely.

You will need to choose a solicitors practice with national medical centres as you will almost always be expected to go to a medical examination.

Read more - Do you have a medical centre near me?

Comparing Epping personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels 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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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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