A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you are based in Accrington or anywhere in the country, our experienced lawyers are able to assist with your claim and we will set up a medical at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

To win a personal injury case, it must be proven that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Making your claim sooner will allow your lawyer to collect useful supporting evidence.

Injury claims calculator

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of criteria. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Accrington

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of solicitors have a wealth of experience in securing maximum compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike crash in Accrington.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Accrington are relatively frequent. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 4084 accidents (3442 slight accidents, 610 serious accidents and 32 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Lancashire local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 4,367. Incidents in the Accrington area in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A6185 and M65 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A6185 and A678 crossroads.

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Work accident claims in Accrington

Worker injured in accident

We have helped self employed or employed people hurt in an accident, from members of the air force to archaeologists, to claim injury compensation. Accident at work figures for the Burnley local authority are listed under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the HSE and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Burnley Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related10510
Fire related (e.g. burns)200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. MTBE related illnesses)240
Fall from height12139
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)012
Manual handling573233
Physical assault81412
Slip, trip, fall same level422832
Struck against543
Struck by moving vehicle243
Struck by object251312
Trapped by something collapsing011

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Other claims

Serious injury

The long-term effect serious injury has will be understood by the Courts when calculating what a claim is worth. By reducing the stress a major injury places on a claimant, an injury claim allows claimants to focus on their recovery.

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Slip and trip injuries

HSE statistics reveal that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Lancashire. They are quite often related to accidents filed under a different category for instance being hit by a falling object, a fall from a height or a fire related (burn) accident. Public liability accident claims injuries, such as broken wrists occurring on obstructed walkways are also quite common with pavement trips having happened on Avenue Parade and on Abbey Street.

Clinical negligence in Accrington

When someone is injured as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for the hospital to explain what happened rather than starting an injury claim. To make a complaint against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire.

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Accrington 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 Accrington and across the UK.

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Meet our team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Accrington and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning claims, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

How much experience does Quittance have of handling claims in Accrington?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of expert solicitors dedicated to helping people in Accrington, Lancashire and throughout the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people throughout Lancashire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents due to poor road conditions to building site accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

Frequently asked questions

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Help for potential claimants searching for a personal injury solicitor

Selecting the best solicitor for your case is a key step towards successfully claiming the best compensation award for your accident.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Accrington (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015 database) - what is the best way to make certain you instruct the most appropriate law firm to work with?

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For leg fractures, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?42,130 to ?56,375 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

What should you look for when checking reviews for solicitors in Accrington?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to sympathetic. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Will you need a local solicitor ?

The location of a law firm is not so critical as cases are handled by phone and email.

However, you should choose a law firm that has a national network as you will be expected to go to a medical exam.

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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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