A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Havering or anywhere else in the UK, Quittance can are able to manage your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our expert 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims should be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury in the majority of cases.

In most cases, a successful compensation claim has three key components. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Your solicitor can take you through these issues and will explain how they apply to your claim.

How much can I claim?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our online claim calculator gives you an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Havering

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of proficient injury solicitors have years of experience in securing the best damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle crash in Havering.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Havering are relatively commonplace. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 673 accidents (622 slight accidents, 46 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Havering local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 773. Accidents in the Havering area in 2013 included crashes on the A118 and A125 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A12 and A125 crossroads.

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Work accident claims in Havering

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from nurses to health visitors, to seek financial compensation. Work injury statistics in the Havering local authority are detailed under legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Work accidents in Havering Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Machinery related injury783
Explosion related (e.g. dust)111
Fire related (e.g. scars)200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)222
Fall from height (ladder)151214
Injured by an animal411
Manual handling784737
Physical assault15612
Slip, trip, fall same level977368
Struck against7410
Struck by moving vehicle773
Hit by object232622
Trapped under falling object314

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Other claims we handle

Serious injury specialists handling claims in Havering

The effect serious injury can have is recognised by the Courts when working out compensation.

By limiting the pressure catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured person, a successful claim allows them to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation.

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Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that range from noise induced hearing loss to asthma caused by laboratory animals.

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Slips and trips

Reported figures expose the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of injury at work in East London in 2014/15. Slips and trips are quite often the precursor to injuries attributed to other reasons like being hit by machinery, a fall from a height or an asphyxiation accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as broken wrists occurring on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with dislodged paving slab trips having occurred on Victoria Road and on Brentwood Road.

Medical negligence in Havering

Clinical negligence is the term used when someone sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can write to Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, 350 Euston Road, Regent's Place, London, for example, to make a complaint against Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

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

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Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Havering and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their level of experience and their track record in winning cases.

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

What is your track record of claims in Havering?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Havering, London and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we assisted hundreds of people in London get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents at work and car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


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 to pick the right personal injury lawyer for your claim

You will be liaising with your lawyer for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to over a year for matters involving serious injury. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), however service levels can vary.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for a fractured index finger could vary between ?7,370 and ?9,900 (based on 2015 market research).

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Havering - What to look for

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to strictly professional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

Will you need to go with a local Havering injury lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitors office is not relevant as cases can be conducted remotely.

However, you should go with a company that provides national medical centres as you will almost always have to go to a medical exam.

More details : What is the process for attending a medical?

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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