A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Kingston upon Thames or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or ilness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Calculate your compensation

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

Making a personal injury claim

Extensive legislation exists to support people seeking compensation, and Quittance's network of injury lawyers have years of experience giving advice to their clients on the strength of their claims.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

To win a personal injury case, it must be shown that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that the Defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Information and legal advice will be given on a short, no-obligation phone consultation with an expert solicitor.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for you is critical for your needs

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in the most serious claims, to be agreed. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Read Kingston Upon Thames personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by injury lawyers can vary.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be revealing when weighing up which solicitor best serves your needs.

See : Solicitor reviews

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

You do not need to instruct a lawyer near you.

In most cases, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For serious shoulder injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from £10,340 to £15,510 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Legal claims our network of lawyers handles in Kingston upon Thames

Compensation can be claimed for a broad range of injuries in Kingston upon Thames and throughout South West London. Quittance have helped with:

Clinical and medical negligence in Kingston Upon Thames

Clinical negligence (formerly known as medical negligence) is where an injury is sustained following a breach in the duty of care by a medical professional. An example might be an unconsented operation compensation claim. Our panel of injury lawyers covering Kingston Upon Thames have handled cases made against healthcare providers including Kingston Hospital, Galsworthy Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7QB.

Serious injury

We understand the vital change an injury claim makes to severely injured Claimants. Quittance's panel of solicitors work hard for maximum compensation for severe injuries, which includes compensation for physiotherapy and treatment.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from noise induced hearing loss to chromium related illnesses.

Road traffic claims

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Kingston Upon Thames are relatively frequent. Official statistics reveal a total of 470 accidents (433 slight accidents, 36 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kingston upon Thames local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 474. Incidents in the Kingston Upon Thames region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A307 and A240 junction and on the single carriageway of the A308 and A2043 junction.

Our network of accredited litigators have years of experience in obtaining maximum awards for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Kingston Upon Thames.

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Safety figures show that slips and trips are by far the most prevalent cause of injury in the South West London workplace in 2014/15. They are sometimes related to accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a carrying injury or a river drowning accident. Public place (Kingston upon Thames local authority) negligence claims injuries such as broken toes experienced on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with recent incidents having happened in the area.

Workplace accidents

Quittance has assisted contractors, self employed or employed people, from lathe operators to land surveyors, to claim compensation. Accident at work statistics for the Kingston upon Thames local authority collated under reporting legislation by the Government in the table below:

Work accidents in Kingston upon Thames Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury101
Machinery related361
Exposed to fire200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)721
Fall from height15147
Lifting and carrying562027
Physical attack2056
Slip, trip, fall same level584244
Struck against735
Hit by vehicle303
Hit by object181915

No Win, No Fee Personal injury Solicitors in Kingston upon Thames

No Win, No Fee agreements cover injured Claimants from the requirement to pay legal fees if their compensation claim is not successful.

A 'success fee' is charged by lawyers serving Kingston upon Thames working under a No Win, No Fee agreement. The success fee is paid out of your compensation settlement and is usually 25 percent.

Will there be extra costs to pay?

No Win, No Fee means there will be no hidden costs. With a 100% No Win, No Fee promise, there will be no catch.

Read more about our No Win, No Fee here

Next steps

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Find out more

Making the right decision depends on getting the right information. Get your questions answered before you instruct.

If you need more information before calling, try our FAQ pages.

Start a claim

Call a personal injury solicitor on 0800 612 7456 to get the injury claim underway, or start the injury claim online.

Quittance's team of personal injury specialists are ready to help. If you have further questions, you can request a no-obligation callback or call 0800 612 7456 today.