A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Birkenhead or anywhere else in England or Wales, our injury solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for compensation must, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like asbestosis may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

In order to win a Birkenhead personal injury case, your lawyer must prove 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.

Your lawyer should look at how each of the points will relate to your injury claim.

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get will depend on a variety of factors. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Birkenhead

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

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Work accident claims in Birkenhead

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from office workers to camera operators, to claim compensation. Accident at work statistics for the Liverpool local authority are published under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in Liverpool Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)671
Machinery related181816
Exposed to explosion001
Exposed to fire114
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)1536
Fall from height685056
Animal related672
Manual handling242129168
Physical assault853553
Slip, trip, fall same level296210233
Struck against312119
Hit by vehicle201311
Hit by object886684
Trapped by something collapsing242

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Other claims we handle

Medical negligence in Birkenhead

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.

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Birkenhead specialists for serious injury compensation claims

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. Our 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.

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Slip and trip injuries

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.

Birkenhead No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Birkenhead and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Birkenhead, from relatively minor claims to long term industrial disease. Selected for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

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.

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 don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

What points to think about when picking the right personal injury lawyer

Selecting a suitable injury solicitor for your legal case is a crucial step towards securing the highest compensation award for your illness or injuries.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Birkenhead (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015) - how do you make sure you instruct the most appropriate legal practice to work with?

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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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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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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