A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in Harlow or anywhere else in England or Wales, our lawyers can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Personal injury claims must be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in the majority of cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a slip, trip or work accident in Harlow, there are three components to proving a claim. It needs to be demonstrated 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 explain how each of the points will relate to your case.

What is my claim worth?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online claim calculator gives an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Harlow

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Harlow 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. By 2014 accidents increased to 4,352. Accidents in Harlow in 2013 included collisions on the A1169 and A1019 roundabout and on the A1025 and A414 roundabout.

Quittance's group of professional legal advisors have vast experience in obtaining optimum damages for anyone injured in a road accident in Harlow.

Read more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Harlow

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from warehouse assistants to housing advisers, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident at work figures for the Harlow local authority are compiled in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Harlow Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known142315
Machinery related injury344
Explosion related100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. lead poisoning)700
Fall from height1765
Animal related (e.g. livestock)300
Manual handling392323
Slip, trip, fall same level493132
Struck against954
Struck by moving vehicle811
Struck by object221513

Read more: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other injury claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that include anything from asbestos related disease to asthma caused by enzymes.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Harlow specialists for serious injury compensation

The Courts recognise that serious injuries will have a life-altering impact on an affected individual and their dependants. Quittance's panel of solicitors fight to achieve compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, including compensation for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Our network of law firms engage with the other side's legal representatives, insurers and medical professionals, helping to ensure claimants impacted by major accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries and illnesses which are considered by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include serious psychiatric harm, back injuries and lung cancer.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive statistics highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Essex workplace. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the cause of accidents attributed to other reasons e.g. being struck by a moving object or a river drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries like strained muscles sustained on raised flagstones are also common with recent pavement trips having occurred on the Stow and on Stone Cross.

Clinical and medical negligence in Harlow

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP or other health worker. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are just looking for the hospital to explain what happened instead of starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to make a formal complaint against The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, you can write to Hamstel Road, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation claims

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

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Harlow, from more minor injury cases to long term industrial disease. Our solicitors are chosen for their track record in winning cases and their professionalism.

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

Have Quittance solicitors handled many Harlow claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists people injured in Harlow, Essex and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Essex get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including public place accidents and accidents on building sites.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.


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 means you will never be out of pocket.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your needs?

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from many months for minor and moderate injury to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA regulate legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they are not responsible for many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you can rely on throughout your claim to provide both compassionate practical advice and legal guidance.

The difference in success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between firms is considerable.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?67,091 for severe knee injuries might vary from ?40,254 to ?57,027.

Additional reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Do you need to select a local legal firm ?

The location of the lawyers office is not critical as injury cases are typically managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should select a company that provides national medical centres as claimants will usually be expected to go to a medical exam.

Read more : Do you have a medical centre near me?

Look into Harlow personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by lawyers, as with any service, can vary significantly.

Researching online reviews can be informative if you are deciding which lawyer to pick and which considerations are most important to you.

See Personal injury lawyer reviews

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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