A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Lewisham or anywhere else in England or Wales, we can will manage your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for compensation must usually be made within 3 years of the injury.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions like noise-induced deafness are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what is important in such circumstances.

In most cases, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Information and legal advice will be provided by a short, free consultation with a Lewisham-specialist solicitor.

Compensation Calculator

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Lewisham

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted self employed and employed people hurt in an accident, from members of the army to leisure centre managers, to claim maximum compensation. Work injury figures for the Lewisham local authority made available in accordance with regulations by the HSE:

Workplace accidents in Lewisham Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related354
Exposed to fire020
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)344
Fall from height23168
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)400
Manual handling605242
Slip, trip, fall same level756247
Struck against1183
Struck by moving vehicle512
Hit by object242226
Trapped underneath something100

See: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Lewisham

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of specialist no win, no fee lawyers have years of experience in negotiating maximum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Lewisham.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Lewisham are reasonably common. Official statistics reveal 6 fatal accidents, 58 serious accidents and 876 slight accidents in 2013 in Lewisham (Total events were 940 local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,039. Accidents in Lewisham in 2013 included collisions on the A21 and A20 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A2211 and A2 crossroads.

See: Road accident claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury

Quittance's team understand the vital change a compensation claim will make to people affected by major injury. We work for maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries. This includes claiming for private medical treatment and case costs.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Medical negligence in Lewisham

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when someone sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you only want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial compensation, you could make a formal complaint. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, 350 Euston Road, Regent's Place, London.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help with getting compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from asbestos related illness to benzene poisoning.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Reported statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of injury at work in South East London. Slips, trips and falls are often the cause of injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a fire related accident. Public liability cases for injuries such as sprained ankles sustained on potholes are also quite prevalent with slips and trips having occurred on Algernon Rd and in Riverdale Lewisham Centre.

Lewisham 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 Lewisham and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Lewisham and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their winning track record and their years of specialist experience.

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

What is your track record of injury claims in Lewisham?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of SRA regulated solicitors that assists injured people in Lewisham, London and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across London seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from factory accidents to public place accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and expert advice, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

How to pick the right solicitor for you

Identifying the most appropriate injury lawyer for your legal matter is your most important step towards negotiating the best settlement or award for your accident.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Lewisham (according the SRA), what is the best way to make certain you select the ideal law firm for your case?

Are Lewisham claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

Many solicitors operate throughout England and Wales, 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.

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

What should be considered when checking reviews for solicitors in Lewisham?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

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. Find out more here.

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 elbow injuries causing some long term problems could vary between ?12,650 and ?25,850 (based on 2015 market research).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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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