Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick due to someone else's actions, you may be able to claim compensation.

How can we help

We have helped hundreds of people in Birkenhead, Merseyside and across the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you should be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. There are several other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or the location of the injury.

Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. You can also 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 calculator

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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Birkenhead road accident claims

Drivers should be able to start a claim for compensation if they are injured on Birkenhead's roads due to another party's negligence.

No matter if you were a passenger in a car accident, or sustained an injury in a cycling accident, we can assist. This road accident compensation guide sets out everything you need to know about starting a claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Birkenhead

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation.

Whatever your job - whether you are a scaffolder injured on a building site or an accountant injured in the office, our guide to work accident claims shows you how to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Officially reported statistics demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent accident at work in Merseyside in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the precursor to injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a quarry drowning accident. Public place (Liverpool local authority) legal claims for injuries like broken shoulders experienced on slippery pavements are also quite common with street trips having occurred on Water Street and on South John Street.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages. For example, to make a complaint against Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact St Catherine's Health Centre, Derby Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside.

More about Medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The impact of a serious injury will be understood by solicitors and insurers when calculating what a claim is worth.

Our network of expert lawyers work for the maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, which includes reimbursement for medical expenses and care costs. The panel of solicitors have aided families claim damages for a range of chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injury and illness referred to as serious and catastrophic range from serious pharmaceutical error to degloving injuries.

More about Serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Birkenhead 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, Birkenhead 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 Birkenhead, Merseyside 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

Your questions answered

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.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Birkenhead?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of expert solicitors that helps injured people in Birkenhead, Merseyside and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

Last year, we assisted 100's of claimants throughout Merseyside seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents in the office.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.

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.

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in Birkenhead

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to strictly professional. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

As with many professional services, you do not need to choose a law firm 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.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The diversity in the level of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements is enormous.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant awarded £30,417 for severe tinnitus might vary from £18,250 to £25,854.

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What are the road accident statistics in Birkenhead

Quittance's network of accredited road traffic accident lawyers are experienced in achieving optimum general and special damages for people injured in a car accident in Birkenhead.

Accidents involving vehicles in Birkenhead are common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 1507 accidents (1303 slight accidents, 196 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Liverpool local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,818. Accidents in the Birkenhead area in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A5029 and A552 crossroads and on the A552 and A553 roundabout.

What are the Birkenhead work accident statistics?

The most up to date 2019 accident at work stats for the Liverpool Local Authority (2013/14) are published under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Saftey Executive as follows:

Work accidents in Liverpool Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other94
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)1
Machinery related16
Exposed to explosion1
Exposed to fire4
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)6
Fall from height56
Animal related2
Manual handling168
Physical assault53
Slip, trip, fall same level233
Struck against19
Hit by vehicle11
Hit by object84
Trapped by something collapsing2

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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