A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you have been injured due to a road accident in London, an accident at work, medical negligence or any other injury, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries, treatment costs, lost wages and other financial losses.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured (or became ill) in the last three years, as the result of another party's negligence, our panel of expert solicitors can help.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Usually, you must start your claim within 3 years of the date you were injured.

Whether you are claiming for a work-related illness in London or road accident, there are three main elements to making a successful personal injury claim.

Your solicitor must prove that:

  • a legal 'duty of care' was owed,
  • that this duty was breached, and,
  • that the breach was the cause of your injury or illness.

Starting your claim as soon as possible will make it easier for your solicitor to collect evidence and witness statements.

Your solicitor will guide you through every step of the claims process, from arranging an assessment at a local medical centre, to negotiating your final compensation settlement.

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Compensation Calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated using Judicial College Guidelines.

The Quittance compensation calculator uses these Guidelines to provide an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in London

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in London are common. Official statistics show 116 fatal accidents, 2,385 serious accidents and 27,769 slight accidents in 2016 across Greater London. This represents almost no change on 2015 statistics.

Reported incidents in London included collisions on the A201 and A3 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A400 and A401 crossroads.

Quittance's panel of knowledgeable No Win, No Fee injury solicitors have vast experience in obtaining maximum awards for anyone hurt in a road accident in London.

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Work accident claims in London

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claimants, from nurses to loss adjusters, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries.

These statistics are taken from a report published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR):

(At the time of writing, this is the most recent data available for the local authority.)

Work accidents in Westminster Local Authority (HSE) 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
General 223 209 175
Electric shock injury 12 8 8
Contact with machinery 20 15 13
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine) 1 0 0
Fire related (e.g. burns) 6 4 5
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses) 42 16 16
Fall from height (scaffolding) 135 87 105
Injured by an animal 4 3 4
Lifting and carrying 289 166 169
Physical attack 48 39 36
Slip or trip 345 277 245
Struck against 52 25 25
Struck by moving vehicle 8 9 6
Struck by object 144 109 95
Trapped by something collapsing 5 5 1

Read more: No win, no fee work accident claim

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Other types of claim

Slips and trips

Government data emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury in the UK workplace.

Negligence claims for fractures and sprains suffered on obstructed footpaths are also common, with pavement crack-related injury claims being made for trips on on Lower Regent St and on Aldwych.

Medical negligence in London

Clinical negligence describes when someone is injured due to a GP or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you just want answers rather than a compensation award. For example, you can contact Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, 350 Euston Road, Regent's Place, London, to make a formal complaint against Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Quittance's panel of lawyers covering London have helped claimants with claims brought against NHS and private hospital, including St Thomas', Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7EH.

Industrial disease

Quittance's specialist solicitors can help you make an industrial disease compensation claim.

You can secure compensation for many work-related conditions, including mesothelioma, bladder cancer, and dioxin poisoning.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury specialists serving London

Quittance recognise the vital difference compensation will make to seriously injured claimants.

Kevin Walker, Rakhi Chauhan and other specialist serious injury solicitors work to get maximum compensation for the victims of severe injury and illness.

Compensation awards for serious injuries can include access to private therapy, treatment, state-of-the-art prosthetics and property alterations or re-housing if required.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

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London No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee.

Our national network of solicitors cover London, the South East and across England, Wales and Scotland.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet our team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in London, from fast-track cases to long-term industrial disease. Our lawyers are chosen for their knowledge and expertise and their success rate in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience do you have of winning claims in London?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of results-focused personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in London get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across London get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from ladder accidents to bike accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, mean that claiming compensation is as stress-free as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

It can take several months for the majority of claims to have a settlement negotiated.

Claims involving serious injury or disputed liability can take years in some circumstances. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by solicitors. However, the SRA is not required to regulate many issues that matter to claimants, such as speed or quality of service.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is vital.

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in London?

You do not need to choose a personal injury solicitor near you.

In general, the only aspect that should be carried out locally 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 network of medical professionals.

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

The contrast in the amount of fees between different lawyers often surprises claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant accepting a settlement of £24,114 for a moderate pain disorder could vary from £14,468 to £20,497.

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London personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary enormously.

Researching online reviews can certainly be a good place to start when deciding which lawyer best serves your needs.

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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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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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