A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

No matter whether you are based in Carnforth or anywhere in the UK, our injury solicitors can handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a compensation 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 award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

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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

Claims must be made within a three-year window in most cases.

In order to win a Carnforth personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

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

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Work accident claims in Carnforth

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from electricians to clinical molecular geneticists, to claim injury compensation. Work injury figures in the Carnforth local authority are published under legislation by the Government excerpted below:

Work accidents in Lancaster Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury201
Machinery related11127
Explosion related001
Fire related210
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)322
Fall from height181314
Animal related (e.g. livestock)100
Lifting and carrying864545
Physical assault221113
Slip or trip734550
Struck against685
Hit by vehicle521
Struck by object251614

See: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Carnforth

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Carnforth are relatively frequent. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 4084 accidents (3442 slight accidents, 610 serious accidents and 32 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Lancashire local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 4,367. Accidents in the Carnforth area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the B6254 and A601 junction and on the M6 and A601 roundabout.

Our panel of knowledgeable no win no fee personal injury solicitors have years of experience in getting the highest general and special damages for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Carnforth.

See: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims we handle

Medical and clinical negligence in Carnforth

Clinical negligence is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire.

See: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

The Courts recognise that serious injuries can have a significant effect on an injured person. The Quittance team fight hard for the maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes claiming for physiotherapy and treatment. Quittance's network of solicitors for many years have aided claimants impacted by major accidents.

See: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Reported statistics demonstrate that slips and trips are the single most common cause of injury at work in Lancashire and the UK. Slips and trips are typically related to accidents categorised as something else such as being hit by an object falling from a machine or an electrical discharge accident. Public place negligence claims injuries such as facial scarring experienced on slippery pavements are also quite common with falls having occurred on the Green and on Main Rd.

Carnforth 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 Carnforth and throughout the UK.

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

Meet our team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Carnforth, from fast track cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Selected because of their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of experience.

Meet the 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 claims in Carnforth?

We are a national network of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Carnforth, Lancashire and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in Lancashire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from ladder accidents to whiplash.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to handle your claim?

Choosing the most suitable legal expert for your legal matter is a key step towards achieving the best compensation settlement for your illness or injuries.

With over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Carnforth (according the SRA) - how do you make certain you choose the most appropriate legal practice to work with?

What should you look for when comparing Carnforth solicitor reviews?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

The contrast in the level of success fees and insurance premiums between different lawyers often surprises claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant accepting a settlement of ?37,985 for severe, disabling elbow injuries could conceivably vary from ?22,791 to ?32,287.

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Will I need to choose a local solicitor ?

Going for a local firm is not so important as injury cases are, as a matter of course, handled by phone and email.

However, you should select a company that has medical facilities near you as you will usually have 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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