Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

How can we help

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

Do I have a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In reality, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or the quantum of the claim.

It costs nothing to find out if you are entitled to compensation. Speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our 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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Woodley road accident claims

Drivers may be able to claim compensation if they are injured on Woodley's roads as the result of someone else's carelessness.

It does not matter whether you have suffered an injury in a hit-and-run on Woodley's roads, or were hurt in a car accident, Quittance's expert guide explains what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Woodley

If you have sustained an injury at work in the last three years, you might be able to claim compensation.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp employed via an agency, our work accident claim guide shows you how best to make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Public place accidents

Officially recorded statistics demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Berkshire in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes forerunner to injuries categorised as another type of accident like being hit by an object falling from a building, a carrying injury or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like bruised legs sustained on obstructed footpaths are also common with recent street trips having happened recently.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a person is injured due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, the panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want a deeper understanding of what happened as opposed to financial compensation. You can write to Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The long-term effect of a serious or catastrophic injury will be understood by Courts and insurance companies when they are determining how much compensation to pay. Quittance's network of specialist solicitors fight hard for the maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Our network of solicitors have helped families claim compensation for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries referred to as serious and catastrophic include back injuries, chemical burns and deep vein thrombosis.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Woodley 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, Woodley 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 Woodley, 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

How can Quittance help?

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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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Frequently asked questions

What is your track record of handling claims in Woodley?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Woodley, Berkshire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

In 2017, we have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Berkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including ladder accidents and car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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.

Woodley personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by lawyers can vary enormously.

Researching reviews is a great place to start if you are considering which lawyer to pick and which considerations are most important to you.

Read Personal injury solicitor reviews

Are Woodley claimants restricted to only local law firms?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a lawyer near you.

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

What are the road accident statistics in Woodley

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Woodley are relatively commonplace with a total of 315 accidents (262 slight accidents, 52 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wokingham local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 359. Incidents in the Woodley area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A3290 and A4 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A329 and B3350 crossroads.

Quittance's group of certified injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in fighting for the best settlements for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Woodley.

Work accident statistics in Woodley

The most recent 2019 injury and illness statistics in the Wokingham Local Authority (2013/14) are published in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Saftey Executive in the table below:

HSE reported work accidents in Wokingham Local AuthorityReported Injuries
General13
Machinery related injury6
Exposed to fire1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)4
Fall from height (scaffolding)7
Animal related1
Lifting and handling injuries17
Assault8
Slip, trip, fall same level31
Struck against4
Hit by vehicle1
Struck by object7
Trapped underneath something2

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.

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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