A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Hungerford or anywhere in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors can manage your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a compensation 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

Compensation claims should usually be made within a 3-year window.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

For the majority of injury claims, a successful compensation claim will involve three issues. It needs to be proven that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

A free phone consultation with an expert Hungerford lawyer will provide answers and useful advice.

Compensation calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of points. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Hungerford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for self employed and employed people, from bricklayers to illustrators, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident statistics in the West Berkshire local authority are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in West Berkshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)221
Machinery related injury1053
Explosion related010
Exposed to fire011
Harmful substance related251
Fall from height (ladder)221626
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)262116
Lifting and handling injuries633331
Physical attack1773
Slip, trip, fall same level825446
Struck against557
Struck by moving vehicle344
Struck by object292015
Crushed by something collapsing111

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Road traffic accident claims in Hungerford

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of best of breed no win no fee personal injury solicitors have vast experience in achieving maximum awards for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Hungerford.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Hungerford are relatively common with a total of 454 accidents (399 slight accidents, 52 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Berkshire local authority area. In 2014 accidents decreased to 454.

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Other claims we handle

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with getting compensation for industrial illness that include anything from allergic contact dermatitis to chromium related illnesses.

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Slip and trip accidents

Officially reported figures highlight the fact that employee slips and trips continue to be the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Berkshire and the UK as a whole in 2015. They are often related to accidents filed under a different category for instance being hit by an object falling from a vehicle or an animal related accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like facial scarring happening on pavement ice are also quite prevalent with street trips having happened on High St.

Serious injury lawyers in Hungerford

The impact of a serious injury is recognised by Courts and insurance companies when they are calculating what a claim is worth. By limiting the financial pressure severe injury puts on an injured claimant, an injury claim allows people to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Our network of expert lawyers work with medical professionals, the Courts and insurance providers, helping to ensure families affected by serious accidents and injuries get legal and medical support.

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Clinical negligence in Hungerford

When someone suffers injury or illness due to a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you just want a better understanding of events as opposed to financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to raise a complaint against Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire.

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Hungerford No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Hungerford and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Hungerford and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

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

Has Quittance won many injury claims in Hungerford?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of expert solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Hungerford, Berkshire and throughout the UK, get compensation.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants in Berkshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including pedestrian accidents and injuries sustained from a fall at work.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Advice for those looking for a solicitor

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be paid. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, however service levels can vary.

Your lawyer should be someone you can rely on throughout the claims process to offer legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Will I need to go with a local solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the solicitor is not so relevant as cases are usually managed remotely.

However, you should choose a solicitors practice with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will almost always need to attend a medical examination.

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

The disparity in the level of success fees and ATE premiums charged by lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements can have a significant impact on your compensation.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant who was awarded ?36,760 for serious hand injuries could conceivably vary from ?22,056 to ?31,246.

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Hungerford solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be enlightening when mulling over which solicitor to choose.

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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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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