A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Thatcham or anywhere else in the UK, Quittance can are able to assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

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

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims for personal injury compensation should usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

For most claims, making a successful claim involves three components. It must be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

In all cases, a free phone call with an expert solicitor can provide answers and useful advice.

Compensation Calculator

The amount of compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of your potential compensation award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Thatcham

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from bricklayers to tourism officers, to claim maximum compensation. Work injury statistics for the West Berkshire local authority reported under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

HSE reported work accidents in West Berkshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)221
Machinery related injury1053
Explosion related010
Exposed to fire011
Harmful substance related251
Fall from height (ladder)221626
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)262116
Lifting and handling injuries633331
Physical attack1773
Slip, trip, fall same level825446
Struck against557
Struck by moving vehicle344
Struck by object292015
Crushed by something collapsing111

For more information: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Thatcham

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical negligence in Thatcham

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

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

Slips, trips and falls

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.

Thatcham serious injury compensation claims

We understand the critical change a compensation claim makes to the lives of people affected by severe injury. By limiting the financial pressure serious injury imposes on an injured claimant and their dependants, an injury claim helps people to focus on their recovery.

For more information: Serious injury compensation

Thatcham 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 Thatcham and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Thatcham, from fast track claims to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their professionalism and their track record in recovering compensation.

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

What experience do Quittance 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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

Locating the best solicitor for you

In most cases a claim for compensation will take some months to reach a conclusion. In severe injuries, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not responsible for many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

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

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

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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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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