Updated: Friday, 5th August 2016
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.
Making a personal injury 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.
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?".
Personal injury compensation cases we conduct
Quittance's network of solicitors have guided Claimants in Lewisham and across South East London whose situations ranged and resulted in serious injury including:
Road accidents 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.
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.
Medical negligence in Lewisham
Clinical negligence, once called medical negligence, is where an illness or injury is associated with a failing on the part of a doctor, GP, surgeon or other medical professional. Quittance's experienced panel of personal injury solicitors covering Lewisham have assisted with clinical negligence claims brought against the health service including University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LH.
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.
Personal injury solicitors can help with getting compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from asbestos related illness to benzene poisoning.
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)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Exposed to fire||0||2||0|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)||3||4||4|
|Fall from height||23||16||8|
|Animal related (e.g. riding accident)||4||0||0|
|Slip, trip, fall same level||75||62||47|
|Struck by moving vehicle||5||1||2|
|Hit by object||24||22||26|
|Trapped underneath something||1||0||0|
Lewisham No Win, No Fee Specialist Lawyers
Solicitors taking care of injury claims in Lewisham mostly work on a Conditional Fee Agreement.
This prevents the solicitor from charging any fees if the claim fails.
Are there any additional costs?
Quittance's network of solicitors warrant that No Win, No Fee means a Claimant shall never have to pay any of your solicitor's fees should your claim is lost.
Click here to learn more about about our No Win, No Fee.
What happens next?
Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.
Learn more about the claims process
Making the right decision for you depends on receiving the correct information. Get any questions answered before you make a decision.
Get more information without having to call a solicitor. Read our frequently asked questions here.
Ready to make a claim for compensation?
Call an injury lawyer on 0800 612 7456 (0333 344 6575 from mobiles) to begin a personal injury claim, or you can start a claim for compensation here.
Quittance's expert team help Claimants every day. Would you like to know more? You can request a no-obligation callback or call 0800 612 7456.