Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?
Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, we can help you claim compensation.
What sort of injuries can I claim for?
Each year, we help injured people in Reading, Berkshire and across the UK claim compensation for:
Can I claim?
If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, the law entitles you to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was at least partly to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other points to consider?
Yes. In practice, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the context of your injury, whether a child was injured or whether your chosen solicitor believes your claim has a prospect of success.
Why not speak to an expert now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you have a claim. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker:
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.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
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:
Reading road accident claims
Reading road users can claim injury compensation if they are hurt due to someone else's negligence.
Whether you were a passenger in a car accident on Reading's roads, or were injured in a hit-and-run, our team are here. The Quittance guide to road accident claims explains what you need to know about how to claim.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in Reading
If you were injured at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.
Whatever you do for a living, whether you had a fall from height or developed RSI, our work accident claim guide shows you how best to make a successful claim.Work accident claims
Other injury claim types
Accidents in a public place
Government figures underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Berkshire. They are quite often the precursor to injuries categorised as another type of accident for instance being struck by moving machinery or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public liability claims for injuries like broken shoulders experienced on raised kerb stones are also common with pavement trips having occurred in the local area.
Medical negligence describes when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other medical professional. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.
If you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of starting an injury claim, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To raise a complaint against Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading, Berkshire.
More about No win, no fee medical negligence claims
More claim types
Quittance recognise the difference injury compensation can make to seriously injured claimants. We work to get compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions, which includes compensation for medical expenses and care costs. Quittance's panel of expert solicitors have helped claimants receive damages for a range of chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries and illnesses categorised as serious include benzene poisoning, serious pharmaceutical error and head injuries.
More about No win, no fee serious injury claims
Reading No win, no fee Solicitors
A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.
Under a CFA, Reading injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.
The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee
Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Reading, Berkshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.
By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.
You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.
What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?
You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
How we can help
Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.
Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.
If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.
We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
if you can claim
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What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Reading?
We are a national panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Reading, Berkshire and across the country, get compensation.
Last year, we assisted hundreds of claimants across Berkshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including scaffolding accidents and car accidents.
Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.
Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?
If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.
Reviews for injury lawyers in Reading
There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.
The contrast in the level of personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between firms is quite significant
As an example the amount retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of £55,225 for severe complex regional pain syndrome might vary from £33,135 to £46,941.
Read more at - How much can you claim?
Do you need to instruct a local solicitor?
The whereabouts of the firm is not so important as cases are handled by phone and email.
You will need to choose a firm that offers national medical centres as claimants will usually have to attend a medical exam.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If 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 on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long will my claim take?
The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can 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.
Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:
Personal injury claim type
Estimated claim duration*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
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?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early 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 before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.