A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Carlisle or anywhere in the country, our personal injury solicitors will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, Quittance can assist you with a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

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

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be proven that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Your lawyer will consider how each of these points relates to your case.

How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of criteria. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Carlisle

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of specialist legal advisors have decades of experience in getting the best damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Carlisle.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Carlisle are common. Official statistics show a total of 1676 accidents (1437 slight accidents, 212 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cumbria council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,932. Accidents in the Carlisle area in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A7 and A69 junction and on the dual carriageway of the A7 and B6264 slip road.

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Work accident claims in Carlisle

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from dental nurses to classroom assistants, to claim work accident compensation. Accident at work statistics in the Carlisle local authority are compiled in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the HSE and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Carlisle Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related6105
Fire related210
Exposure to harmful substance105
Fall from height211014
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)212
Lifting and handling injuries785345
Physical assault1056
Slip, trip, fall same level775745
Struck against955
Struck by moving vehicle433
Hit by object302317
Trapped by something collapsing003

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Other types of claim

Serious injury

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

Slip, trip and fall injuries

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.

Clinical negligence in Carlisle

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

Carlisle No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Carlisle and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Carlisle, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning claims.

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

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.

See How to compare injury solicitors quotes

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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