A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Great Dunmow or anywhere in the country, our experienced personal injury lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with 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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Key criteria

Injury claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like asbestosis are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it should be demonstrated that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

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How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Great Dunmow

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of accredited lawyers have decades of experience in achieving the highest damages for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Great Dunmow.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Great Dunmow are not uncommon. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 4,352.

Further information: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Great Dunmow

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from farm workers to finance advisers, to claim injury compensation. Work accident statistics in the Uttlesford local authority are listed under RIDDOR legislation by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Uttlesford Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related200
Machinery related injury655
Exposed to fire101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)302
Fall from height7415
Animal related200
Manual handling693144
Physical attack212
Slip or trip402837
Struck against8110
Struck by moving vehicle522
Hit by falling object1497
Crushed by something collapsing001

Further information: Work accident claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury

Courts understand that a serious injury can have a significant effect on a claimant. A successful claim will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on a claimant and their family enabling them to focus on recovery.

Our panel of expert law firms for many years have aided people affected by serious accidents. Injuries and medical conditions held to be catastrophic or serious include cerebral palsy and dioxin poisoning.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip and trip injuries

Officially reported figures emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accident at work in Essex and the UK. They are quite often lead to accidents attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by hand tools in use or a toxic substance accident. Public place (Uttlesford local authority) legal claims for injuries like broken ankles sustained on raised flagstones are also common with slips having occurred in the area.

Medical negligence in Great Dunmow

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of a compensation award. You can write to Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, for example, to make a complaint against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from radiation exposure to asthma caused by isocyanates.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Great Dunmow 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 Great Dunmow and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Great Dunmow, from less severe claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Great Dunmow?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Great Dunmow, Essex and across the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Essex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from scaffolding accidents to car accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on your recovery.


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.

What points to check when locating the right injury lawyer

Identifying the most suitable injury solicitor to help you is a critical step towards obtaining the best compensation award.

What is the best way to ensure you choose the ideal solicitors' practice to pursue compensation for you?

The contrast in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums charged by lawyers working on No Win No Fee agreements is quite surprising.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person who was awarded ?17,865 for loss of taste might vary from ?10,719 to ?15,185.

Further reading Compare solicitors quotes

Do I need to go with a local solicitor ?

The location of a solicitor is not very important as injury cases can be managed by phone, post and email.

You will need to go with a solicitors' firm with medical facilities near Great Dunmow as you will usually be expected to attend a medical assessment.

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

Solicitor reviews in Great Dunmow - Tips for comparing firms

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different 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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