Personal injury claims help and support
Our personal injury experts are here to help.
If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, you could claim financial compensation.
Each year, we help injured people in Reading, Berkshire and across the UK get the compensation they deserve.
How did your injury happen?
There are several steps involved in making an injury claim. The steps involved will depend on how and where you were injured.
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.
What if the injured claimant is a child?
Regardless of when the injury occurred, an injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child at any point until the child's 18th birthday.
If you were injured when you were under 18 years old, you have until your 21st birthday to make claim.
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:
Reading road accident claims
Car, HGV, cycle and motorcycle accidents in Reading are reasonably common. Department of Transport data shows there were 263 road accidents in Reading in 2021, including 217 slight accidents, 46 accidents and 0 fatalities. Accidents in Reading in 2013 included collisions on the A329 and A327 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A329 and A4 crossroads.
We can help people injured in road accidents that have occurred in Reading and throughout England and Wales. You may be able to claim compensation if you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian and another road user was liable.
Whether you were a passenger in a car accident, or were injured in a hit-and-run, our team are here. Our guide to road accident claims explains what you need to know about how to claim.
Work accident claims in Reading
In 2021, there were 111 non-fatal work accidents and 1 fatalities in Reading.
|Work accidents in Reading (RIDAGGR)||Reported Injuries|
|Electric shock injury||1%|
|Fire related (e.g. burns)||1%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)||1%|
|Fall from height (scaffolding)||6%|
|Animal related (e.g. veterinary)||0%|
|Slip, trip or fall||28%|
|Hit by vehicle||4%|
|Struck by object||7%|
|Crushed by something collapsing||1%|
If you were injured at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.
Employers and site operators owe a duty of care to their staff, to visitors and contractors. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a personal trainer or a carpenter, our work accident claim guide shows you how best to make a successful claim.
Clinical negligence claims in Reading
Medical negligence is the term for when a patient suffers an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other medical professional. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust responsible for Reading, including Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading, Berkshire).
Public place accidents claims in Reading
A compensation claim for an injury on property or land that is accessible to the general public is called a public liability claim.
Whether your accident happened on a station platform or on a loose paving stone on a footpath, and a third party was responsible, you may be entitled to make an injury claim.
If you've been injured in a public place, we can help you.
Compensation for serious injuries
Any injury or long-lasting health condition that has had a life-altering effect on your life and ability to work may be referred to as a 'serious injury'. Examples include serious burns, complex fractures and head trauma.
We understand how vital catastrophic injury compensation can be, helping you to focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. A claim will help to ease the financial burden, stress and uncertainty following a serious accident.
Will I have to visit my solicitor's office in person?
There is no need to visit your solicitor's office in person if you are thinking about making a claim.
You can talk to a legally-trained advisor about your accident or injury, before you choose to start a claim.
If you decide to make a compensation claim, your solicitor will take you through the process over the phone. You will be able to speak to your solicitor at any stage and you wlll receive regular updates.
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 Reading and cross the UK.
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Has Quittance helped many claimants in Reading?
Whether you live in Reading, Berkshire, or elsewhere in the UK, we can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim.
Whether your injury occurred in a car or bike accident or in a supermarket we will ensure your case is handled by an expert, specialist solicitor.
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.
Reading personal injury solicitor reviews
All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary.
Personal recommendations and online reviews will make it easier to choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.
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.
Jenny Jones, Senior litigator
About the author
With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.