A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Reading or anywhere in the UK, our personal injury lawyers can handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Personal injury claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

To win a Reading personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Calculate my compensation

The personal injury compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Reading

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped injured claimants, from soldiers to picture researchers, to seek financial compensation. Accident figures in the Reading local authority are published under RIDDOR by the HSE as follows:

Workplace accidents in Reading Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified403618
Electric shock injury201
Machinery related496
Fire related (e.g. burns)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)301
Fall from height (scaffolding)301812
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)310
Slip, trip or fall815453
Struck against948
Hit by vehicle328
Struck by object501214
Crushed by something collapsing102

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Road traffic accident claims in Reading

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of knowledgeable personal injury solicitors are experienced in getting the best compensation for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Reading.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Reading are common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 442 accidents (391 slight accidents, 49 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Reading local authority district. By 2014 the total had decreased to 431. Accidents in Reading in 2013 included collisions on the A329 and A327 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A329 and A4 crossroads.

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Other types of claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Reading

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.

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Reading lawyers for serious injury compensation

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.

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Slip and trip accidents

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.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from asbestos related illness to PCB exposure.

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Reading No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Reading and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Reading and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen for their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of experience.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

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.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Finding the best personal injury solicitor for your legal matter is your most important step towards getting the highest settlement or award for your accident.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Reading, how can you make certain you select the ideal company to take on 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.

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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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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.

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