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?

Updated: September 18, 2016

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, 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.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

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.

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.

Road traffic accident claims in Kingston upon Thames

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Read more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Kingston upon Thames

Worker injured in accident

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
Other181714
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

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Other types of claim

Clinical and medical negligence in Kingston Upon Thames

Medical negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a doctor or other medical professional. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you only want closure or answers instead of injury compensation. To make a formal complaint against Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Galsworthy Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey.

Read more: Clinical negligence claims

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.

Industrial disease

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

Read more: Industrial disease claims

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.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Kingston upon Thames No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Kingston upon Thames and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Kingston upon Thames, from short-term injury cases to serious road injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

What experience does Quittance have of handling claims in Kingston upon Thames?

We are a nationwide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in Kingston upon Thames, London and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in London get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents at work.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and expert advice, make the claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

FAQs

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

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.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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