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Our personal injury experts are here to help.
If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.
Every year, we help injured claimants in Rayleigh, Essex and throughout the UK get the compensation they need to fund their recovery.
The injury claims process varies according to how your injury happened.
Please select how you were injured:
Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?
You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:
- in the last three years, and;
- someone else was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?
Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or how close to the claim limitation date you are.
We can verify whether you have a valid claim over the phone. Speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Claim Checker.
Are claim rules the same if a child is injured?
You can claim injury compensation yourself, at any time until you are 21 years old, whether you were injured on a playground, at school, or anywhere else. As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can instruct an injury lawyer to start a compensation claim on behalf of the child until they turn 18 years old.
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the extent of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:
Rayleigh road accident claims
Vehicle accidents in Rayleigh are reasonably common. Department of Transport data reveals there were 2995 road accidents in Essex in 2021 (2321 slight accidents, 638 accidents and 36 fatal accidents). Accidents in the Rayleigh region in 2013 included collisions on the A127 and A129 slip road and on the A129 and A1015 roundabout.
You can claim compensation if you were injured as a driver or passenger and another road user was liable. You can also claim compensation if you were injured as a motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian.
Regardless of whether you were hurt in a collision at a junction, or have suffered an injury in a cycling accident, our useful guide explains how to claim road accident compensation.
Rayleigh work injury claims
Official HSE statistics show that there were 1 fatal and 926 non-fatal work accidents in Essex in 2021 (662 led to 7+ days off work).
|Essex work accidents (RIDAGGR)||Reported Injuries|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)||0%|
|Fall from height||11%|
|Injured by an animal||2%|
|Slip, trip or fall||36%|
|Hit by vehicle||2%|
|Struck by object||11%|
You may be entitled to claim work accident compensation if you've been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.
Employers owe a duty of care to their staff. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a delivery driver or a warehouse worker, our work injury claim guide shows you how best to make a successful no win, no fee claim.
Rayleigh medical negligence claims
When a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the carelessness of a GP or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against one of the clinics and NHS trusts responsible for Rayleigh.
Rayleigh occupiers liability accident claims
UK law states that owners (occupiers) of premises are liable for the safety and welfare of all visitors.
Whether you were injured on a public highway or when travelling on public transport, and another party was to blame, you could be able to claim compensation.
If you've been in an accident in a public area, our panel of personal injury solicitors can help you.
Serious injury compensation
Any major injury or long-term health condition that has had a life-altering impact may be referred to as a 'serious injury'. Examples include amputations, paralysis and brain injuries, but could also include other injuries such as eye injuries, bowel cancer and serious pharmaceutical error.
If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.
Our panel of catastrophic injury lawyers will help coordinate with medical professionals and insurance providers to ensure you get the care and financial support you need.
Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?
Personal injury claims are conducted remotely. This means you won't have to travel to your solicitor's office when making a claim.
Before you start your claim, you can speak to a trained injury claims advisor about your options.
Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Rayleigh and cross the UK.
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- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
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Frequently asked questions
Have you helped many claimants in Rayleigh?
Every year, we help hundreds of injury claimants in Rayleigh, Essex and across the UK.
Whether you have been injured in a car or bike accident, at work or due to medical negligence we can introduce you to the best personal injury solicitor for your needs.
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.
Rayleigh solicitor reviews
All personal injury solicitors are regulated by the SRA. Although injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary. Online reviews can make it easier decide which injury lawyer is the right fit for you.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes take years.
Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.
This table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:
Personal injury claim type
Estimated claim duration*
Road accident claims
4 to 9 months
Work accident claims
6 to 9 months
Medical negligence claims
12 to 36 months
Industrial disease claims
12 to 18 months
Public place or occupiers’ liability claims
6 to 9 months
MIB claims (uninsured drivers)
3 to 4 months**
CICA claims (criminal assault)
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.