Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
How Quittance can help
Every year, we help hundreds of people in Carlisle, Cumbria and throughout the UK claim compensation for:
Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?
You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:
- within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
- another person was negligent or at fault, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other considerations?
Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or whether there is an untraceable defendant.
It costs nothing to find out if you can claim. Speak to an expert now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Injury Claim Checker:
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 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 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
- 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:
Road accident claims in Carlisle
If you sustained an injury on Carlisle's roads due to another road user's actions, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
It does not matter if you have been involved in a hit-and-run, or were a passenger in a car accident, this expert guide sets out what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in Carlisle
You may be able to make an accident at work claim if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.
Whether you a civil engineer injured in the field or a mechanic injured in a garage, our guide to work accident claims shows you how to make a successful compensation claim.Work accident claims
Other injury claim types
Injuries in a public place
Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data stress the fact that employee slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Cumbria in 2014/15. These types of accident are quite often the precursor to accidents attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by hand tools in use or a harmful substance accident. Public place (Carlisle local authority) legal claims for injuries such as cheekbone fractures sustained on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having happened on Scotch St and on English Street.
When someone sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a registrar, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.
If you are only looking for the hospital to explain what happened instead of financial compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Cumberland Infirmary, Newtown Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Read more about Clinical negligence compensation claims
More injury claim types
The Courts understand that a serious injury will have a life-altering effect on a claimant and their family.
Compensation will lessen the financial load on an injured claimant and their dependants enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.
Quittance's network of specialist solicitors engage with medical experts, insurance companies and Courts to ensure claimants affected by severe accidents receive the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and illnesses which are considered to be serious and catastrophic include serious pharmaceutical error, brain injuries and mesothelioma.
Read more about Catastrophic injury compensation claims
Carlisle 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, Carlisle 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 Carlisle, Cumbria 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 fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim.
Our specialist solicitors have 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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What experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Carlisle?
Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of expert solicitors that assists people in Carlisle, Cumbria and across the UK, obtain compensation.
In 2017, we helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Cumbria get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents at work.
With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.
Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?
If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.
What points to think about when selecting the best solicitor
You will be liaising with your legal representative for a long period of time, from many months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.
Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is vital.
What should you consider when comparing reviews for solicitors in Carlisle?
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.
Are Carlisle claimants restricted to only local law firms?
You do not need to pick a solicitor near you.
The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.
The difference in success fees and ATE premiums between different lawyers is quite significant
For example the amount retained by a claimant being awarded compensation of ?8,642 for a fractured index finger can range from ?5,185 to ?7,346.
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.
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.
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*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by Quittance’s 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.
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.
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.