A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Epsom or anywhere in the country, we can take on your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our personal injury 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such circumstances.

For most claims, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be shown that:

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

The solicitor will look at how each of these points relates to your injury claim.

Compensation Calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Work accident claims in Epsom

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants injured at work, from gardeners to electrical engineers, to claim injury compensation. Work injury figures for the Epsom and Ewell local authority reported under RIDDOR by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in Epsom and Ewell Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known997
Machinery related injury200
Exposed to fire010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)202
Fall from height (ladder)856
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)212
Lifting and handling injuries22919
Physical assault1083
Slip, trip or fall252627
Struck against320
Struck by moving vehicle122
Struck by object5119
Crushed by something collapsing100

See: Injured at work claims

Road traffic accident claims in Epsom

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of expert road traffic accident lawyers have years of experience in achieving the best general and special damages for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Epsom.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Epsom are relatively common with statistics showing a total of 5223 accidents (4624 slight accidents, 581 serious accidents and 18 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Surrey local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 5,408. Incidents in the Epsom area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A232 and A24 junction and on the A24 and A240 roundabout.

See: Road accident claims

Other types of claim

Epsom lawyers for serious injury compensation claims

The long-term impact serious and catastrophic injury can have will be recognised by the Courts when working out a claim. We work hard for the maximum compensation for major injuries. This includes damages for the cost of ongoing treatment and care.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical negligence in Epsom

Medical negligence describes when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are only looking for a better understanding of events as opposed to financial damages, you can raise a formal complaint. You can write to St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey, for example, to make a formal complaint against Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from asbestos related disease to farmers lung.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive statistics emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are still the most prevalent accident at work in Surrey. Slips, trips and falls are frequently related to accidents classified under another heading for instance being struck by a falling object, a fall from a ladder or an asphyxiation accident. Public place (Epsom and Ewell local authority) claims for injuries such as bruised legs experienced on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with trips having happened on High St.

Epsom 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 Epsom and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Epsom and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Epsom?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Epsom, Surrey and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Surrey get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents on building sites.

Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean making a 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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

What to think about when picking the right personal injury lawyer

It can take months for the majority of claims to reach a conclusion. Claims involving serious injury or disputed liability can take much longer. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, but the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for a serious back injury could vary between ?59,950 and ?71,500 (based on 2015 market research).

Will you need to instruct a local Epsom injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is less relevant as injury cases are, as a matter of course, handled by phone, post and email.

You will need to select a law firm that offers national medical centres as you will usually have to go to a medical examination.

More details : Will I have to attend a medical?

Comparing injury solicitors in Epsom - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service 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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