A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

No matter whether you live in Atherton or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors are able to help with your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, we can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

A claim must usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In the majority of cases, proving an injury claim has three key elements. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities that:

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

Answers and both practical and legal advice can be given on a short, no-obligation phone consultation with a specialist lawyer.

How much compensation could I get?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Atherton

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Atherton are relatively commonplace. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 465 accidents (400 slight accidents, 61 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wigan council area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 448.

Quittance's panel of expert no win no fee solicitors have decades of experience in securing the best compensation for people hurt in a road accident in Atherton.

Find out more: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Atherton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from warehouse assistants to advertising account planners, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident data for the Wigan local authority collated under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government in the table below:

Work accidents in Wigan Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related15136
Explosion related130
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. exposure to Teflon fumes)1035
Fall from height212228
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)011
Manual handling1458481
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)1219886
Struck against16913
Hit by vehicle7125
Struck by object463036
Trapped by something collapsing213

Find out more: Accident at work claim

Other claims we handle

Clinical negligence in Atherton

When someone is injured as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you are only looking for closure or answers as opposed to injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to make a complaint against Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Cobbett House, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester.

Find out more: Medical negligence claims

Atherton serious injury compensation claims

Quittance recognise the change a compensation claim makes to the lives of seriously injured claimants. Compensation should lessen the financial load and reduce stress so an injured claimant enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of law firms engage with Courts, medical professionals and insurers ensuring people impacted by severe accidents receive the support they need. Injuries held to be serious include serious psychiatric harm and multiple fractures.

Find out more: Serious injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Reported figures underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Greater Manchester and the UK in 2014/15. These types of accident are often lead to accidents recorded in another category e.g. being struck by a falling object, a lifting injury or a lake drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries like pulled muscles happening on potholes are also common with falls having occurred on Westleigh Lane and on Market St.

Atherton 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 Atherton and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Atherton, from more minor injury cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

Meet the team - click here.

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

Has Quittance won many injury claims in Atherton?

We are a nationwide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Atherton, Greater Manchester and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of people in Greater Manchester get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the workplace and car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.


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.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you

You will be liaising with your legal representative for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is an important first step.

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 very serious thumb injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?15,840 to ?28,325 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Do I need to instruct a local Atherton injury lawyer ?

The location of a solicitors office is not important as injury cases are, as a matter of course, conducted by phone and email.

However, you should choose a solicitors practice that offers national medical centres as you will usually have to go to an independent medical examination.

Read about : Will I have to attend a medical?

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Atherton - Tips for comparing firms

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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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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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