A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you live in South Woodham Ferrers or anywhere else in England or Wales, our personal injury solicitors can handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 10, 2016

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims should be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury in the majority of cases.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what is important in these situations.

To win a South Woodham Ferrers 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

Making your claim sooner should enable the lawyer to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

Work accident claims in South Woodham Ferrers

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for self employed or employed people injured in an accident, from plasterers to speech and language therapists, to claim compensation from their employer. Accident information for the Rochford local authority reported under RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Workplace accidents in Rochford Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Other965
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related102
Explosives related100
Exposed to fire100
Fall from height957
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)620
Lifting20139
Physical assault423
Slip or trip191522
Struck against210
Struck by moving vehicle106
Hit by falling object765

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Road traffic accident claims in South Woodham Ferrers

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of best of breed no win no fee solicitors have years of experience in fighting for optimum awards for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in South Woodham Ferrers.

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in South Woodham Ferrers are relatively frequent. Government statistics reveal a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 4,352.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive data show that employee slips and trips are by far the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Essex in 2014/15. These types of accident are often forerunner to accidents classified under another heading for instance being hit by an object falling from a building or an asphyxiation accident. Public place litigation for injuries like bruised legs occurring on spillages are also quite prevalent with recent dislodged paving slab trips having happened on Hullbridge Rd and on Chipping Row.

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with claiming compensation for industrial injuries including anything from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to pneumoconiosis.

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Clinical negligence in South Woodham Ferrers

Medical negligence is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of a compensation award, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Serious injury specialists in South Woodham Ferrers

The long-term effect a serious or catastrophic injury has is recognised by Courts and insurance companies when they are calculating what a claim is worth. Quittance's panel of specialist solicitors work to get compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes claiming for the cost of ongoing treatment and care.

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South Woodham Ferrers No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover South Woodham Ferrers and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in South Woodham Ferrers, from short-term injury cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their specialist knowledge.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

Has Quittance won many injury claims in South Woodham Ferrers?

We are a UK-wide panel of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Essex get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from injuries sustained from a fall at work to car accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to represent you?

It can take several months for most minor injury claims to conclude. Matters involving disputed liability or severe injury can take much longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust at every step of the process to give expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

You do not need to select a lawyer near you.

In most cases, the only aspect that will need to be performed locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

South Woodham Ferrers solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be a good place to start if you are trying to decide which lawyer to choose.

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The disparity in the amount of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between law firms often surprises prospective Claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person who was awarded ?93,949 for severe leg injuries can range from ?56,369 to ?79,856.

More information How much compensation can you claim?

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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