A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Hillingdon or anywhere else in England or Wales, our personal injury lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

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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

Claims for personal injury compensation should, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date of the injury.

For most claims, proving a claim has three key elements. It must be demonstrated that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Answers to your questions and useful guidance can be provided by a brief, no-obligation consultation with a Hillingdon personal injury solicitor.

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The total compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Hillingdon

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of expert no win, no fee injury solicitors have vast experience in fighting for optimum settlements for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Hillingdon.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Hillingdon are not uncommon. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 700 accidents (641 slight accidents, 57 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hillingdon local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 944. Incidents in the Hillingdon area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A40 and B467 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A4020 and A437 junction.

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Work accident claims in Hillingdon

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted self employed and employed people, from dental nurses to graphic designers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Injury and illness data for the Hillingdon local authority are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive:

Work accidents in Hillingdon Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury301
Machinery related injury101320
Exposed to explosion020
Fire related (e.g. scars)210
Exposure to harmful substance1683
Fall from height744733
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)3120
Lifting and handling injuries404300296
Slip, trip, fall same level265268232
Struck against755246
Struck by moving vehicle263430
Struck by object132110115
Trapped underneath something242

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Other injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Hillingdon

Clinical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial damages. For example, you can write to Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, 350 Euston Road, Regent's Place, London, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from occupational asthma to hydrocarbon poisoning.

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Hillingdon serious injury compensation claims

Quittance recognise the vital difference compensation can make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. Quittance's network of lawyers work to achieve the maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions. This includes damages for medical and care costs.

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Slip and trip accidents

Officially recorded statistics emphasise the fact that slips and trips are by some margin the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in West London. Slips and trips are frequently the precursor to injuries filed under a different category such as being hit by hand tools in use or a toxic substance accident. Public place (Hillingdon local authority) litigation for injuries like cheekbone fractures sustained on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with recent pavement crack trips having occurred on Uxbridge Rd and on Ryefield Avenue.

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

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Hillingdon and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen for their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Hillingdon?

We are a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that assists people in Hillingdon, London and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of claimants in London get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including scaffolding accidents and accidents on the road.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.


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.

Advice for injured people searching for an injury lawyer

Choosing the most appropriate PI solicitor for your case is your most important step towards obtaining the best settlement or award.

What is the best way to make certain you choose the ideal firm for your needs?

The diversity in the level of success fees between firms is important for claimants.

For instance the amount of compensation retained by an injured person awarded ?19,269 for elbow injuries causing some long term problems could vary from ?11,561 to ?16,379.

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Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

The majority of large firms operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Reviews for solicitors in Hillingdon

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to formal and traditional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels taken by individual 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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