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?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or ilness, 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.

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.

Making a claim

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

Extensive legislation is in place to support Claimants seeking compensation for their injuries, and Quittance's network of lawyers have years of experience advising their clients regarding the strength of their claims.

Whether claiming for a slip, trip or work accident in Rayleigh, proving an injury claim has these 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.

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.

Injury compensation claims Quittance handles in Rayleigh and Essex

It is possible to claim compensation for a wide range of injuries throughout Rayleigh. Quittance have assisted with injuries including:

Industrial disease

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

Workplace accidents

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
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

Clinical negligence in Rayleigh

Medical negligence, more properly called Clinical Negligence, is when there has been a breach in the duty of care on the part of a medical provider. A common example might be a misdiagnosis compensation claim. Quittance's panel of personal injury lawyers covering Essex and Rayleigh have helped Claimants with legal cases filed against NHS and private hospitals including Chartwell Private Hospital, 1629 London Road, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 2SQ.

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.

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.

Road traffic accidents (RTA) in Rayleigh

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 in fighting for optimum settlements for Claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Rayleigh.

Rayleigh No Win, No Fee Lawyers

Lawyers looking after injury claims in Rayleigh generally conduct the legal work on a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement. This is also called a No Win, No Fee agreement. This contract prevents the lawyer from charging any legal costs if the case is lost.

A success fee can be charged by solicitors serving Rayleigh working under a No Win, No Fee agreement (Conditional Fee Agreement). Unlike the standard legal fees, the success fee is paid out of the compensation settlement and is usually 25 percent.

Are there any hidden fees to pay?

Some solicitors may levy extra costs should the case end prematurely. Through Quittance's specialist lawyers, your No Win, No Fee protection is guaranteed, with no catches in the small print.

Read more about our No Win, No Fee

Next steps

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 possessing the right information. Get answers to your questions before you choose a lawyer.

Find more information before picking up the phone. Find more frequently asked questions.

Get a compensation claim started

When you have made the choice to proceed, you can begin a compensation claim by calling 0800 612 7456 or 0333 344 6575 or through our online contact form.

If you have anything else to ask before starting, phone on 0800 612 7456 or request a callback at a convenient time.