A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Godalming or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert lawyers will assist with your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Can I claim?Check claim

Key criteria

Personal injury claims should usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

To win a personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach
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How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive depends on a number of criteria. Our claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Godalming

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Godalming are relatively commonplace with a total of 5223 accidents (4624 slight accidents, 581 serious accidents and 18 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Surrey local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 5,408.

Quittance's panel of professional no win no fee injury lawyers have decades of experience in securing maximum compensation for claimants who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Godalming.

For more information: Road traffic accident claims

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Work accident claims in Godalming

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from soldiers to fitness centre managers, to claim compensation. Work injury figures in the Guildford local authority are published under RIDDOR regulations by the Government in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Guildford Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury512
Explosion related (e.g. dust)100
Fire related (e.g. scars)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)513
Fall from height231113
Injured by an animal543
Physical assault342
Slip, trip, fall same level665233
Struck against1294
Hit by vehicle210
Struck by object302218
Trapped under falling object110

For more information: Accident at work claim

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Other claims we handle

Serious injury

We recognise the critical change injury compensation makes to seriously injured claimants.

We fight for compensation for severe injuries, which includes claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

For more information: Serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from asbestos related illness to asthma caused by laboratory animals.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Slip and trip injuries

Health and Saftey Executive statistics stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are still the most prevalent accident in the Surrey workplace. They are typically related to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being hit by a moving object or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place (Guildford local authority) claims for injuries like fractured vertebrae occurring on obstructed footpaths are also quite prevalent with street falls having happened on Portsmouth Rd and on High Street.

Clinical and medical negligence in Godalming

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other medical professional's lack of care. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You could make a formal complaint if you just want a detailed explanation of what happened as opposed to financial damages. For example, to make a formal complaint against Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey.

For more information: Medical negligence claim

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Godalming 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 Godalming and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Godalming and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their specialist expertise and their winning track record.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Godalming?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Godalming, Surrey and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Surrey seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on the road and ladder accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and expert advice, make our claims process as stress-free as possible.

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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to handle your claim?

Finding a suitable legal team for your case is your most important step towards claiming the highest compensation settlement for your illness or injuries.

How do you ensure you choose the best solicitors' practice for your needs?

Reviews for solicitors in Godalming

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from strictly professional to sympathetic. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach taken by individual firms.

The diversity in fees charged by solicitors is quite significant

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?7,909 for serious hand injuries with full or close to full recovery can vary from ?4,745 to ?6,722.

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Does the location of the lawyer matter?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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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