Personal injury claims
If either your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, we can help.
Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent driver, employer or any other party, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
We have helped hundreds of people in Woking, Surrey and across the UK. We will help you get the compensation you need to fund your recovery
The claims process is different, depending on how and where you were injured. Personal injury solicitors tend to specialise in specific types of claim.
Please select how you were injured:
Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?
You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:
- in the last three years, and;
- someone else was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?
Yes. Practically speaking, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident, whether the claim is considered to be low-quantum or whether your chosen solicitor believes your claim has a prospect of success.
We can give you a clearer answer over the phone. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant Claim Checker.
What if the injured claimant is a child?
Claimants who were injured as a child have until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own behalf. Regardless of when the injury occurred, an injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child at any point until the child's 18th birthday.
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.
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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my 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:
Woking road accident claims
Accidents involving drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users in Woking are reasonably common. Official gov.uk data for 2021 shows there were 3170 road accidents in Surrey. There were 2496 slight accidents, 648 accidents and 26 fatal accidents in 2021. Accidents in the Woking area in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A320 and A3046 junction and on the A320 and A245 roundabout.
If you have been injured on Woking's roads, or anywhere in the UK, you may be entitled to claim compensation. An injury claim may be possible if you were injured:
- As driver or passenger
- On a motorbike or bicycle
- As a pedestrian
- On public transport
Whether you have been hurt in a car crash, or you were involved in a motorbike accident, our road accident compensation guide explains what you need to know about the compensation process.
Woking work injury claims
In 2021, there were 37 non-fatal work accidents and 0 fatalities in Woking.
If you were injured at work and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.
By law, all employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as an electrician or a gardener, our work injury claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.
Woking medical negligence claims
Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust responsible for Woking, including Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey).
Woking public place injury claims
Owners and operators of privately-owned land or property are known as 'occupiers'. Occupiers have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of anyone on their property.
Whether your accident happened on a station platform or on a loose paving stone on a footpath, and the property owner or occupier was at fault, you could be able to claim.
If you've been injured in a public place, we can help you.
Serious injury compensation claims
Any major injury or long-term health condition that has had a life-altering impact may be referred to as a 'serious injury'. Examples include serious burns, complex fractures and head trauma.
We know how important a successful serious injury claim will be. Compensation will help to reduce the financial burden, and your specialist catastrophic injury solicitor will also liaise with insurers and care professionals, so you can focus on your recovery.
Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?
Personal injury claims are conducted remotely. This means you won't have to travel to your solicitor's office when making a claim.
You can begin with a free phone consultation with a legally-trained advisor. Your advisor will set out your options for compensation, and there is no obligation to proceed.
Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Woking and cross the UK.
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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
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Frequently asked questions
Have you helped many Woking injury claimants?
We help 100's of injured workers, road users and other claimants in Woking and Surrey every year.
A specialist solicitor will fight hard to settle your claim and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured in a public park or in a car accident.
Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?
If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.
Woking personal injury solicitor reviews
All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary. Online reviews and word of mouth will make it easier to choose the best solicitor for your needs.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, 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 for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.