A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Yateley or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, Quittance can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Compensation claims should usually be made within three years of an injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like noise-induced deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

Whether claiming for a work-related illness or road accident, making a successful claim will involve three issues. It must be shown that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of criteria. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Yateley

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Yateley are common with 2 fatal accidents, 26 serious accidents and 250 slight accidents in 2013 in Bracknell Forest (Total events were 278 local authority. By 2014 the total had decreased to 256.

Quittance's network of road traffic accident litigators have years of experience in obtaining the highest awards for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Yateley.

For more information: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Yateley

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from farm workers to translators, to claim compensation. Injury and illness statistics for the Bracknell Forest local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE:

HSE reported work accidents in Bracknell Forest Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury300
Machinery related injury812
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)001
Exposed to fire010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)326
Fall from height8711
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)111
Lifting and handling injuries422131
Physical attack2032
Slip or trip462643
Struck against631
Hit by vehicle424
Hit by falling object1557

For more information: Accident at work compensation claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall injuries

HSE data reveal that slips, trips and falls are still the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Hampshire. Slips and trips are quite often related to accidents classified under another heading for instance being hit by a reversing vehicle, when supporting another person or a lake drowning accident. Public place (Bracknell Forest local authority) compensation claims for injuries like sprained wrists sustained on pavement ice are also quite prevalent with trips having occurred in the local area.

Medical negligence in Yateley

Medical negligence describes when a person is injured as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of a compensation award, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, to make a complaint against Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with claiming compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from workplace cancer to siderosis.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury lawyers handling cases in Yateley

Courts recognise that a serious injury will have a major effect on an injured person and their dependants. Damages should ease the financial load on an injured claimant and their dependants so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of specialist solicitor firms correspond with the other side's legal representatives, insurance providers and medical professionals ensuring families affected by serious accidents get legal and medical support. Injuries which are considered to be serious include major surgical negligence and chemical poisoning.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Yateley No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Yateley and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Yateley, from relatively minor claims to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are selected for their track record in winning cases and their professionalism.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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 injury claims in Yateley?

We are a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Yateley, Hampshire and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of claimants across Hampshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from road accidents to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean making a claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Advice for injured people seeking a lawyer

In most cases a claim for compensation can take months to agree a settlement. In serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by solicitors, but they do not regulate many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Read Yateley personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary to a large extent.

Reading reviews can certainly help build a picture when deciding which solicitor to select.

Read Personal injury solicitors reviews

Do I need a local legal firm ?

Choosing a nearby lawyers office is not relevant as injury cases are usually handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice that offers medical facilities near you as you will usually need to go to a medical exam.

Further reading - Can I attend a medical centre near me?

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for a severe pain disorder could vary between ?34,100 and ?50,930 (based on 2015 market research).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these 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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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