Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you've been injured in an accident, we can help you to claim compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Every year, we help injured claimants in Lewisham, London and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In reality, a number of factors can impact whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury, whether a minor was injured or whether your chosen solicitor believes your claim has a prospect of success.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation. Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker:

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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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Lewisham road accident claims

You are entitled to claim compensation if you suffered an injury on Lewisham's roads as the result of a negligent road user.

It does not matter whether you sustained an injury in a motorbike accident, or have been hurt in a car collision, our expert team are here. Quittance's guide to road accident compensation sets out what you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Lewisham

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any losses or expenses.

Whether you are an employee, self-employed or even on a zero-hours contract, our work accident claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

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

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

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

Other types of claim

Lewisham No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Lewisham injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Lewisham, London and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Take the first steps towards compensation

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

The 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.

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.

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?".

What are the road accident statistics in Lewisham

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.

Lewisham work accident statistics

The most up to date 2019 work injury figures for the Lewisham Local Authority (2013/14) was available in accordance with regulations by the HSE:

Workplace accidents in Lewisham Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
General16
Machinery related4
Exposed to fire0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)4
Fall from height8
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)0
Manual handling42
Assault34
Slip, trip, fall same level47
Struck against3
Struck by moving vehicle2
Hit by object26
Trapped underneath something0

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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