Updated: Saturday, 10th September 2016
Whether you live in Merton or anywhere else in the UK, our expert personal injury solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will set up a medical at a local medical centre.
Making a claim
Claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.
Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions like RSI may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such circumstances.
In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be proven that:
- You were owed a duty of care by the Defendant
- That duty was breached by the Defendant
- The Defendant's breach caused your injury or illness
Making your claim sooner will enable statements from witnesses and other evidence to be gathered in support of your claim by the solicitor.
How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you?
You will be liaising with your lawyer for a long period of time, from several months for minor injuries to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the quality of service does vary.
Your lawyer should be someone you are able to rely on throughout the claims process to give compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.
The difference in the amount of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by law firms is quite surprising.
For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of £22,109 for very serious thumb injuries can vary from £13,265 to £18,792.
Further reading How to compare personal injury fees
Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?
The majority of large firms operate nationwide, allowing Claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.
The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.
Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.
Merton solicitor reviews
The quality of advice offered by lawyers can differ considerably.
Reviews can be instructive if you are thinking about which lawyer to go with.
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Which cases does Quittance handle in Merton and South West London?
Our network of expert lawyers help Claimants in Merton and throughout South West London whose situations resulted in serious injury.
Lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from noise induced hearing loss to MEK poisoning.
Clinical negligence in Merton
Medical negligence (which is now more properly known as Clinical Negligence) is the term for when an injury or illness follows a breach of the duty of care on the part of a medical provider. A typical example might be an optician negligence compensation claim. Quittance's panel of solicitors covering Merton have assisted with claims brought against healthcare providers including Nelson Hospital, Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DB.
Quittance recognise the difference a successful claim can make to the lives of seriously injured Claimants. By limiting the pressure a major injury imposes on a Claimant and their dependants, an injury claim allows individuals to prioritise recovery. Quittance's panel of specialist solicitor firms communicate with the Courts and insurance providers, helping to ensure families affected by serious accidents and injuries get medical and financial support.
Road traffic accidents in Merton
Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Merton are relatively common. Government statistics reveal fatal accidents, 32 serious accidents and 481 slight accidents in 2013 in Merton (Total events were 513 council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 617. Incidents in the Merton area in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A24 and A217 crossroads and on the one way street of the A236 and A217 roundabout.
Our panel of professional road traffic accident (RTA) injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in fighting for the best general and special damages for anyone hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Merton.
Accidents at work
Quittance has assisted self employed or employed Claimants, from kitchen workers to media planners, to claim compensation from their employer. Work accident data for the Merton local authority are detailed in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:
|Work accidents in Merton Local Authority (RIDAGGR)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Electric shock injury||1||1||1|
|Machinery related injury||3||6||6|
|Exposed to fire||0||0||1|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)||2||0||3|
|Fall from height||15||14||13|
|Injured by an animal||3||3||2|
|Lifting and carrying||67||43||32|
|Slip, trip or fall (not from height)||64||46||45|
|Struck by moving vehicle||6||1||3|
|Struck by object||24||20||23|
|Trapped by something collapsing||1||0||1|
Slips and trips
Official figures indicate that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in South West London. These types of accident are quite often the initiators of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes like being hit by a moving object, when supporting another person or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability claims for injuries like bruised legs happening on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with recent street trips having occurred recently.
How No Win, No Fee lawyers handle Merton claims
CFAs, more commonly known as No Win, No Fee agreements protect injured Claimants from the need to settle their solicitor's fees if they do not succeed in their claim.
A success fee can be charged by solicitors that work under a No Win, No Fee agreement. The success fee is generally 25% and will be taken out of the compensation settlement.
Our No Win, No Fee promise
No Win, No Fee should mean that there will be no hidden costs and there is nothing owed if the claim is lost. With the Quittance network's No Win, No Fee, there is no catch in the small print whatsoever.
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Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.
Get more information
Making the right decision for you depends on having the correct information. Get any questions answered before you choose a solicitor.
Find answers to common questions asked by potential Claimants in our frequently asked questions section.
Get your injury claim underway
Once you have made the choice to proceed, you can start the compensation claim by phoning 0800 612 7456 (0333 344 6575 from mobiles) or using Quittance's online contact form.
Talk to a member of the Quittance team today to discuss your potential claim. Request a callback or call us on 0800 612 7456.