A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Leatherhead or anywhere in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

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Key criteria

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

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like industrial deafness may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three components to making a successful claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Making your claim sooner will enable the solicitor to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

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How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Leatherhead

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of knowledgeable road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury solicitors have vast experience in getting the highest compensation for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Leatherhead.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Leatherhead are relatively common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 5223 accidents (4624 slight accidents, 581 serious accidents and 18 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Surrey council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 5,408. Accidents in Leatherhead in 2013 included collisions on the A243 and M25 roundabout and on the A244 and A243 roundabout.

Find out more: Road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Leatherhead

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from soldiers to information systems managers, to claim compensation from their employer. Work injury statistics in the Mole Valley local authority reported under RIDDOR legislation by the HSE in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Mole Valley Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Machinery related114
Explosives related010
Exposure to harmful substance101
Fall from height524
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)300
Lifting and handling injuries36119
Slip, trip, fall same level302516
Struck against620
Hit by vehicle010
Hit by object15128

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Other injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive figures underscore the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Surrey. They are typically forerunner to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an animal related accident. Public place (Mole Valley local authority) compensation claims for injuries such as bruised backs happening on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with street falls having happened in the area.

Medical negligence in Leatherhead

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you only want a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to starting an injury claim, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can write to Trust Headquarters, 18 Mole Business Park, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, for example, to make a complaint against Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with securing compensation for industrial illness that include anything from asbestosis to acute silicosis.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Leatherhead serious injury claims

We understand the critical difference a successful claim can make to people whose lives have been affected by serious injury. We work to get the maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions. This includes compensation for medical expenses and care costs. Our panel of specialist solicitors have for many years aided families impacted by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries and illnesses considered to be serious range from amputation to asbestosis.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

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Leatherhead 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 Leatherhead and the whole of the UK.

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

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Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Leatherhead, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their track record in recovering compensation and their level of specialist experience.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do you have of claims in Leatherhead?

We are a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Leatherhead, Surrey and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in Surrey seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and ladder accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.

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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Picking the best lawyer

Selecting the best injury solicitor to help you is an important step towards negotiating the highest compensation settlement.

How can you make certain you select the ideal solicitors' practice for your case?

Leatherhead solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by lawyers can vary significantly.

Reviews can be instructive if you are contemplating which lawyer to pick.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

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 moderate shoulder injuries could vary between ?6,380 and ?10,340 (based on 2015 market research).

Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

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

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

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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