A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Rayleigh or anywhere else in England or Wales, our injury lawyers can take on your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: October 22, 2016

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Eligibility to claim

Claims should be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in the majority of cases.

Whether claiming for a slip, trip or work accident in Rayleigh, proving an injury claim has three key elements. It needs to be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

A no-obligation phone consultation with an expert lawyer can provide answers and advice.

How much compensation can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

Work accident claims in Rayleigh

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for Claimants, from scaffolding erectors to patent examiners, to claim for their work related injuries. Work injury information for the Castle Point local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Castle Point Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Unspecified952
Electrocution111
Machinery related312
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)010
Fall from height265
Injured by an animal201
Manual handling16108
Physical assault202
Slip, trip or fall241616
Struck against521
Hit by vehicle311
Struck by object675

For more information: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Rayleigh

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Rayleigh are relatively common with a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 4,352. Accidents in the Rayleigh region in 2013 included collisions on the A127 and A129 slip road and on the A129 and A1015 roundabout.

Quittance's network of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers are experienced in fighting for optimum settlements for Claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Rayleigh.

For more information: Road traffic accident claim

Other types of claim

Rayleigh solicitors for serious injury claims

We understand the change compensation will make to people whose lives have been affected by major injury. By limiting the financial stress serious injury puts on a Claimant and their dependants, a claim enables individuals to concentrate on rehabilitation. Our network of expert solicitors have helped families collect compensation for many severe conditions and injuries. Injuries categorised as catastrophic or serious include deep vein thrombosis and back injuries.

For more information: Serious injury compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Reported figures indicate that employee slips and trips are the most common accident at work in Essex and the UK in 2015. These types of accident are sometimes the forerunner to accidents attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by an object falling from a vehicle, a lifting injury or an electrocution accident. Public liability litigation for injuries such as broken toes sustained on potholes are also common with street trips having occurred on High Street and on Church Rd.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with securing compensation for industrial injuries that range from asbestosis to solvent exposure.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Clinical negligence in Rayleigh

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when someone is injured due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened rather than financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation

Rayleigh 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 Rayleigh and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Rayleigh, from relatively minor claims to catastrophic injury. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their success rate in winning claims and their specialist knowledge.

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

Have Quittance solicitors won many injury claims in Rayleigh?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Rayleigh, Essex and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have helped 100's of claimants throughout Essex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents in the workplace.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.

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.

Locating the right lawyer

Finding a suitable lawyer for your legal case is a crucial step towards negotiating the highest settlement or award.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Rayleigh, what is the best way to ensure you choose the most appropriate one to take on your case?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for work-related upper limb disorders could vary between ?17,710 and ?18,700 (based on 2015 market research).

Do you have to choose a law firm in Rayleigh?

You do not need to select a solicitor near you.

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.

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

Comparing Rayleigh personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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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