A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you live in Guildford or anywhere else in the UK, our expert personal injury lawyers will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, we can assist you with an injury claim.

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Key criteria

Compensation claims should usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

In order to win a Guildford personal injury case, it must be shown that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

In all cases, a brief, no-obligation call with a Guildford personal injury solicitor will provide information and invaluable guidance.

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How much can I claim?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Guildford

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from members of the air force to employment advice workers, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident at work information in the Guildford local authority collated in accordance with regulations by the HSE in the table below:

Work 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

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Road traffic accident claims in Guildford

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of qualified no win, no fee personal injury solicitors have decades of experience in obtaining optimum damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Guildford.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Guildford are reasonably common with 18 fatal accidents, 581 serious accidents and 4624 slight accidents in 2013 in Surrey (Total events were 5223 local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 5,408. Incidents in the Guildford region in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A322 and A25 junction and on the A3100 and A25 roundabout.

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Other injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Guildford

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other health worker. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want a deeper understanding of what happened as opposed to claiming compensation. You can contact Royal Surrey County Hospital, Egerton Road, Guildford, Surrey, for example, to make a formal complaint against Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust.

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Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from occupational asthma to acute silicosis.

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Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially reported statistics expose the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common accident at work in Surrey. Slips and trips are typically the cause of injuries recorded in a different category e.g. being hit by an object falling from a ladder, a fall from a height or a drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as cheekbone fractures experienced on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having occurred on Woodbridge Hill and on Stringers Avenue.

Guildford serious injury compensation

We understand the change a compensation claim makes to people whose lives have been impacted by catastrophic and serious injury. By relieving the financial pressure catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured person and their dependants, compensation helps individuals to prioritise rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of lawyers engage with doctors and health professionals and Courts to ensure families affected by serious accidents and injuries receive the support they need.

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Guildford No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Guildford and the whole of the UK.

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Meet our team

The national network of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Guildford, from fast track claims to life-changing clinical negligence. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their professionalism and their success rate in winning claims.

To meet more of our 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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Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Guildford?

We are a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Guildford, Surrey and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted 100's of injured claimants across Surrey get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from public place accidents to building site accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How to find the best solicitor

Choosing a suitable legal representation for your case is your most important step towards negotiating the highest settlement or award.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Guildford (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority) - what is the best way to make certain you instruct the best legal practice for your specific circumstances?

The variation in fees between firms is enormous.

E.g. the amount retained by a claimant awarded ?93,930 for severe leg injuries could vary from ?56,358 to ?79,840.

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Do I need to choose a local legal firm ?

The location of a solicitors office is not so critical as cases are normally run without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to select a law firm that offers a national network as claimants will usually need to attend a medical examination.

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Read Guildford solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by lawyers, as with any service, vary considerably.

Online reviews can certainly be instructive if you are considering which solicitor to select.

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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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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