Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

How can we help

Every year, we help hundreds of people in Thatcham, Berkshire and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you are legally entitled to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or if there is an uninsured driver involved.

It costs nothing to find out if you are entitled to compensation. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker:

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in Thatcham

Drivers are entitled to start a claim for compensation if they are injured on Thatcham's roads as the result of someone else's actions.

Regardless of whether you were involved as a pedestrian, or were a passenger in a car accident on Thatcham's roads, we are here to help. Quittance's guide explains how to make a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Thatcham

You may be able to claim work accident compensation if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, a temp or on a zero-hours contract, our work injury claim guide explains your rights and to make a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Injuries in a public place

Recorded figures reveal that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent accident at work in Berkshire. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the cause of accidents attributed to other reasons like being hit by hand tools in use, a lifting injury or a toxic substance accident. Public place (West Berkshire local authority) negligence claims injuries like broken wrists occurring on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent falls having occurred recently.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

When someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of financial damages. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from workplace cancer to solvent exposure.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Industrial disease claims

Thatcham No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Thatcham injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Thatcham, Berkshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Speak to an expert

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

What experience do the solicitors have of winning claims in Thatcham?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Thatcham, Berkshire and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped 100's of injured claimants in Berkshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and car passenger accidents.

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

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Check Thatcham solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by lawyers can vary to a large extent.

Reading reviews can certainly be helpful if you are mulling over which lawyer best serves your needs.

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Does the location of the law firm matter?

Many injury lawyers operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

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

The diversity in the amount of fees charged by lawyers can have a significant impact on your compensation.

As an example the amount retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of £84,657 for extensive fractures causing serious long term problems might vary from £50,794 to £71,958.

Further reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

What are the road accident statistics in Thatcham

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Thatcham are relatively common with statistics showing a total of 454 accidents (399 slight accidents, 52 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Berkshire council area. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 454.

Our network of trained road traffic accident injury solicitors have years of experience in obtaining maximum compensation for claimants hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Thatcham.

Thatcham work accident statistics

The latest 2019 work injury statistics for the West Berkshire Local Authority (2013/14) reported under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Saftey Executive in the table below:

HSE reported work accidents in West Berkshire Local AuthorityReported Injuries
General37
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)1
Machinery related injury3
Explosion related0
Exposed to fire1
Harmful substance related1
Fall from height (ladder)26
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)16
Lifting and handling injuries31
Physical attack3
Slip, trip, fall same level46
Struck against7
Struck by moving vehicle4
Struck by object15
Crushed by something collapsing1

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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