A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

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.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

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.

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How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Road traffic accident claims in Merton

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

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Work accident claims in Merton

Worker injured in accident

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)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury111
Machinery related injury366
Exposed to fire001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)203
Fall from height151413
Injured by an animal332
Lifting and carrying674332
Physical assault968
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)644645
Struck against1037
Struck by moving vehicle613
Struck by object242023
Trapped by something collapsing101

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Other injury claims

Clinical negligence in Merton

Clinical negligence is the term for when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you only want a detailed explanation of what happened rather than claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can write to Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, for example, to make a complaint against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

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Serious injury

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.

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Industrial disease

Lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from noise induced hearing loss to MEK poisoning.

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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.

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Merton 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 Merton and throughout the UK.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Merton and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services 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 handling claims in Merton?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people in Merton, Devon and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of people in Devon get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including building site accidents and pedestrian accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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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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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