A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Sonning Common or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can will assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Do I have a compensation claim?

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 panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should, in most cases, be made within a three-year window.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what matters in these cases.

In the majority of cases, making a successful claim will involve three issues. It needs to be shown that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Beginning your claim as soon as possible should allow the lawyer to gather evidence and witness statements.

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Compensation calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Sonning Common

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Sonning Common are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show 19 fatal accidents, 308 serious accidents and 1635 slight accidents in 2013 in Oxfordshire (Total events were 1962 local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 2,201.

Quittance's panel of specialist road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors have years of experience in obtaining the highest general and special damages for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorbike accident in Sonning Common.

Further information: Road accident compensation

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Work accident claims in Sonning Common

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from members of the air force to structural engineers, to claim work accident compensation. Work injury data in the Sonning Common local authority collated in accordance with regulations by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Work 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

Further information: Work accident claims

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Sonning Common specialists for serious injury claims

We understand the difference a compensation claim makes to the lives of seriously injured claimants.

We work hard for compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness, including claiming for medical expenses and care costs. Quittance's panel of solicitor firms have helped people recover damages for a wide range of chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries referred to as serious and catastrophic include major surgical negligence and chemical poisoning.

Further information: Serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from respiratory diseases to pesticide poisoning.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Slips and trips

Officially reported figures indicate that slips and trips are, by some degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Oxfordshire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the forerunner to accidents attributed to other reasons such as being struck by moving machinery or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as torn ligaments suffered on slippery pavements are also quite common with pothole trips having occurred in the area.

Medical negligence in Sonning Common

Clinical negligence describes when a patient is injured due to the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire.

Further information: Medical negligence claim

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Sonning Common 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 Sonning Common and throughout the UK.

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

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Meet the team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Sonning Common, from less severe claims to serious road injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their specialist knowledge and their winning track record.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Sonning Common?

We are a UK-wide panel of specialist solicitors that assists claimants in Sonning Common, Oxfordshire and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Oxfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including pedestrian accidents and building site accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Guidance for those seeking a lawyer

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from months for less serious injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues that matter to claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

The contrast in the amount of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between law firms is enormous.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant who was awarded ?23,439 for loss of smell might vary from ?14,063 to ?19,923.

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Look into Sonning Common personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary to a large extent.

Researching reviews can certainly be informative when attempting to decide which solicitor best serves your needs.

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Do I need a local Sonning Common injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby law firm is less critical as injury cases now tend to be managed remotely.

However, you should select a solicitors practice that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will almost always need to attend a medical exam.

More details : Do you have a medical centre near me?

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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