A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Witham or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury solicitors are able to assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 18, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Key criteria

Claims for compensation must, in the majority of cases, be made within a 3-year window.

To win a Witham personal injury case, it must be proven that:

  • The Defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The Defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach
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How much compensation can I claim?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is based on a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Witham

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Witham are relatively common with 34 fatal accidents, 538 serious accidents and 3428 slight accidents in 2013 in Essex (Total events were 4000 council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 4,352. Accidents in Witham in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A12 and B1389 slip road and on the single carriageway of the B1389 and B1018 other junction.

Quittance's group of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors are experienced in fighting for optimum awards for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Witham.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

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Work accident claims in Witham

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from scaffolding erectors to town and country planners, to get the compensation they deserve. Work accident figures in the Braintree local authority collated under regulations by the Government and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Braintree Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Unspecified182627
Electric shock301
Contact with machinery455
Explosion related001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)740
Fall from height131718
Injured by an animal222
Lifting and handling injuries562845
Physical attack703
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)694543
Struck against935
Struck by moving vehicle932
Hit by object353220

Find out more: Work accident compensation

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Other types of claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Witham

When a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP or other health worker, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation. For example, you can contact Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, to make a complaint against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Find out more: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with securing compensation for industrial illness that range from bladder cancer to siderosis (welders lung).

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Witham serious injury claims

Courts understand that a serious injury has a life-changing effect on a Claimant.

By limiting the stress severe injury imposes on an injured Claimant and their dependants, a successful claim helps Claimants to prioritise recovery.

Quittance's network of specialist lawyers have for many years helped families affected by major accidents. Injuries and medical conditions considered by the Courts to be serious range from deep vein thrombosis to bowel cancer.

Find out more: Serious injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Safety statistics show that employee slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most common cause of injury at work in Essex and the UK as a whole. Slips and trips are sometimes related to injuries recorded in another category e.g. being hit by another person, a fall from height or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Braintree local authority) claims for injuries such as broken ankles sustained on obstructed walkways are also quite common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened in the area.

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Witham No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Witham and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Witham, from whiplash cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Chosen for their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do Quittance solicitors have of claims in Witham?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Witham, Essex and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Essex get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents in the office to car passenger accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Finding the right personal injury solicitor for your claim

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues that matter to Claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your solicitor should be someone you can rely on at every step of the process to provide both specialist legal guidance and practical advice.

Check Witham personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by solicitors vary considerably.

Online reviews can help build a picture if you are deciding which lawyer to work with.

Read Personal injury solicitors reviews

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

You do not need to select a law firm near you.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that does require a local service 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.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The difference in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums charged by solicitors is enormous.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a Claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?5,159 for minor eye injuries might vary from ?3,095 to ?4,385.

Additional reading 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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