A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

No matter whether you are based in Surrey or anywhere in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors are able to assist with your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim?

Updated: September 12, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, we can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Compensation claims must, in most cases, be made within three years.

In most cases, there are three key components to proving a claim. It needs to be proven 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 sooner should allow the lawyer to collect useful supporting evidence.

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What is my claim worth?

The compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Surrey

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for Claimants, from office workers to social researchers, to claim maximum compensation. Injury and illness statistics in the Guildford local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in Guildford Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Other242330
Electrocution100
Machinery related injury512
Explosion related (e.g. dust)100
Fire related (e.g. scars)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)513
Fall from height231113
Injured by an animal543
Lifting574036
Physical assault342
Slip, trip, fall same level665233
Struck against1294
Hit by vehicle210
Struck by object302218
Trapped under falling object110

Find out more: Injured at work compensation claim

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Road traffic accident claims in Surrey

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Surrey are relatively common with 18 fatal accidents, 581 serious accidents and 4624 slight accidents in 2013 in Surrey (Total events were 5223 local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 5,408.

Quittance's network of accredited no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in securing optimum general and special damages for Claimants injured in a road accident in Surrey.

Find out more: Road accident compensation claim

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Other types of claim

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Official statistics demonstrate that slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of injury at work in South East England and the UK as a whole in 2015. These types of accident are often forerunner to accidents classified under another heading for instance being struck by moving machinery, being trapped by something collapsing or an animal related accident. Public place (Guildford local authority) accident claims injuries like sprained wrists occurring on raised flagstones are also quite common with incidents having occurred recently.

Serious injury

We understand the vital change a compensation claim will make to people who have been affected by serious injury.

By reducing the financial pressure a major injury places on an injured Claimant and their family, a successful claim allows people to concentrate on rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of solicitors have for many years helped families affected by major accidents.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help Claimants with getting compensation for industrial injuries including anything from industrial deafness to organophosphate exposure.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Surrey

Clinical negligence describes when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been injured by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for closure as opposed to financial damages, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To raise a complaint against Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

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Surrey No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Surrey and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet our team

The national network of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Surrey, from less severe claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their level of experience and their track record in winning cases.

To meet more of our team, click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Surrey?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that assists people injured in Surrey and throughout the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants in Surrey get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on building sites and road accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, make the claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

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FAQs

Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Guidance for those searching for an injury lawyer

Usually a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion. For serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your legal representative should be someone you can trust throughout your claim to give compassionate practical advice and legal guidance.

The diversity in the level of success fees and insurance premiums charged by solicitors is a material consideration for Claimants.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful Claimant who was awarded ?18,518 for a broken leg might vary from ?11,111 to ?15,740.

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Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

The majority of large firms operate throughout England and Wales, allowing Claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Usually, the only aspect that should be carried out 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.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Surrey - What to consider

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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