A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

No matter whether you are based in Blackpool or anywhere in the country, Quittance can will assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Injury claims should be made within 3 years of the injury in most cases.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a slip, trip or work accident in Blackpool, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be demonstrated that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Your lawyer will discuss these points and will look at how they apply in your case.

How much compensation could I get?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our easy to use calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Blackpool

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Blackpool are not uncommon. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 582 accidents (509 slight accidents, 69 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Blackpool local authority. In 2014 accidents decreased to 560. Incidents in the Blackpool area in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A583 and A5073 junction and on the single carriageway of the A584 and A586 junction.

Quittance's group of qualified road traffic accident legal advisors have decades of experience in negotiating the highest compensation for people injured in a car accident in Blackpool.

For more information: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Blackpool

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from carpenters to building control officers, to claim work accident compensation. Accident at work data in the Blackpool local authority are compiled in accordance with regulations by the Government in the table below:

Work accidents in Blackpool Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported222420
Machinery related injury1074
Fire related (e.g. scars)011
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)1306
Fall from height181213
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)200
Lifting and carrying665534
Physical assault331023
Slip, trip, fall same level836159
Struck against1318
Struck by moving vehicle211
Struck by object201616
Trapped by something collapsing102

For more information: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

Reported data reveal that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Lancashire. They are quite often the cause of accidents categorised as another type of accident for instance being hit by a runaway vehicle or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like fractured ankles sustained on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with recent pavement trips having happened on Central Drive and on Ansdell Rd.

Serious injury lawyers handling compensation in Blackpool

Quittance's team understand the critical change a compensation claim makes to the lives of people affected by serious and catastrophic injury.

By limiting the stress severe injury puts on a claimant, injury compensation allows people to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

For more information: Serious injury compensation claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Blackpool

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for the hospital to explain what happened rather than financial compensation. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation claim

Blackpool 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 Blackpool and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Blackpool, from whiplash cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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 claims in Blackpool?

We are a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Blackpool, Lancashire and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants across Lancashire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents in the workplace.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your circumstances?

Choosing a suitable lawyer to act for you is the most important step towards getting the best compensation settlement for your injuries.

How can you ensure you instruct the best solicitors' practice to take on your case?

Comparing injury solicitors in Blackpool - online reviews

Speaking to a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for serious shoulder injuries, for example, ranges from ?10,340 to ?15,510 (based on 2015 market data).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Do you need to select a local Blackpool legal firm ?

Going for a local solicitors office is not particularly relevant as injury cases are run without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to instruct a solicitors practice that offers a national network as you will be expected to attend a medical exam.

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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