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?

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.

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.

Making a claim

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 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?

Claims we handle in South Woodham Ferrers

Compensation can be claimed for a wide range of injuries throughout South Woodham Ferrers. Our team have assisted with injuries and illness including:

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.

Clinical negligence in South Woodham Ferrers

Medical negligence - more accurately referred to as Clinical Negligence - is the term for when an injury or illness is sustained from a breach of duty on the part of a healthcare provider. Quittance's panel of lawyers covering South Woodham Ferrers have assisted with legal action made against the health service that include Rochford Hospital, Union Lane, Rochford, SS4 1RB.

Road traffic accidents in South Woodham Ferrers

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.

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.

Workplace accidents

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

No Win, No Fee Solicitors in South Woodham Ferrers

Should you win, the fees for your lawyer are paid by the Defendant. When your lawyer does not win case, a No Win, No Fee agreement between you and the lawyer means that their fees will not be charged.

Does the Claimant need to pay extra fees?

Quittance ensure that No Win, No Fee means an injured Claimant shall not have to pay the lawyer's legal fees should the claim is lost. Click here to read more about about our No Win, No Fee.

What happens next?

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Get answers to your questions

Quittance offer detailed information to help Claimants decide whether to go ahead.

If you would like to know more before calling, see our FAQ section.

Ready to start?

Phone a personal injury solicitor on 0800 612 7456 (or 0333 344 6575 from a mobile) to commence a compensation claim, or you can start a injury claim here.

If you would like a specific question answered before making a decision, request a callback or phone us on 0800 612 7456.