A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Essex or anywhere in the UK, we can manage your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make 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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Eligibility to claim

Claims should, in most cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is considered.

In most cases, making a successful claim has three key elements. It needs to be proven that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Answers and both practical and legal advice will be provided by a short, free consultation with a personal injury solicitor.

Injury claims calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Work accident claims in Essex

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from members of the army to food scientists, to get the compensation they deserve. Work accident statistics for the Maldon local authority are listed under RIDDOR by the HSE in the following table:

Work accidents in Maldon Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Contact with machinery444
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)120
Fall from height726
Injured by an animal001
Physical assault200
Slip, trip, fall same level182015
Struck against641
Struck by moving vehicle111
Hit by falling object644
Trapped by something collapsing100

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Road traffic accident claims in Essex

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of professional no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in fighting for maximum compensation for people who have been injured in a car or motorbike crash in Essex.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Essex are common with 34 fatal accidents, 538 serious accidents and 3428 slight accidents in 2013 in Essex (Total events were 4000 council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 4,352.

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Other claims we handle

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially recorded statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are still the most common cause of injury at work in East of England and the UK in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are frequently the cause of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by machinery or an animal related accident. Public place (Maldon local authority) accident claims injuries such as broken shoulders sustained on potholes are also quite common with incidents having occurred on Washington Rd and on Main Rd.

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from respiratory diseases to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

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Clinical negligence in Essex

When a patient is injured as the result of the lack of care of a doctor or other health worker, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for answers instead of starting an injury claim. To raise a complaint against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex.

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Essex serious injury claims

The long-term impact of a serious injury is recognised by solicitors and insurers when calculating compensation. By limiting the financial pressure a serious or catastrophic injury places on an injured person, a successful claim helps individuals to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation.

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Essex 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 Essex and across the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Essex and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their winning track record, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

Have you won many injury claims in Essex?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Essex and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of claimants in Essex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the workplace and accidents on the road.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

What issues to consider when choosing the right injury lawyer

In most cases a injury claim can take months to agree a settlement. In cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is vital.

Comparing Essex personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a solicitor near you.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The diversity in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums between solicitors is huge.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?11,867 for serious thumb injuries could conceivably vary from ?7,120 to ?10,087.

Further reading Compare solicitors quotes

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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