A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you are based in Lightwater or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury solicitors can manage your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our expert solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Personal injury A claim must usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

To win a personal injury case, it must be shown that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

A brief, no-obligation call with a specialist lawyer will provide answers to your questions and useful guidance.

Injury claims calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Lightwater

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from soldiers to investment fund managers, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident at work statistics in the Lightwater local authority are compiled under RIDDOR regulations by the Government and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Surrey Heath Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock101
Machinery related injury423
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)011
Fall from height (ladder)636
Injured by an animal200
Manual handling382220
Physical assault762
Slip or trip322924
Struck against243
Hit by vehicle201
Struck by object1994
Crushed by something collapsing020

Find out more: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Lightwater

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Lightwater are common with a total of 5223 accidents (4624 slight accidents, 581 serious accidents and 18 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Surrey local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 5,408. Accidents in Lightwater in 2013 included crashes on the A322 and M3 roundabout and on the A322 and A319 roundabout.

Our panel of specialist road traffic accident solicitors have vast experience in getting optimum compensation for people injured in a road accident in Lightwater.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims we handle

Medical and clinical negligence in Lightwater

When a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a consultant or other health professional's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. To make a formal complaint against Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

We recognise the change an injury claim can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.

Quittance's panel of expert lawyers work to achieve maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, including damages for medical expenses and care costs.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Reported statistics underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury in the Surrey workplace. They are often lead to injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine, being trapped by something or a river drowning accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like sprained ankles experienced on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with recent slips and trips having occurred on Guildford Rd and on Cumberland Road.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for industrial illness that range from asbestos related illness to farmers lung.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Lightwater 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 Lightwater and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Lightwater, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen for their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

Have you handled many claims in Lightwater?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of SRA regulated solicitors that helps people in Lightwater, Surrey and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Surrey seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and slips and trips at work.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean making a claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

How to choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your claim

Selecting the most appropriate solicitor to assist you is a key step towards getting the best settlement or award for your illness or injuries.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Lightwater (according to the SRA website) - how can you make certain you choose the most appropriate law firm to help you?

The difference in personal injury fees charged by solicitors is surprising.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?3,378 for a wrist fracture might vary from ?2,027 to ?2,871.

Additional reading Compare solicitors

Comparing Lightwater personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

You do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

In general, 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.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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