Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

How we can help you

We have helped hundreds of people in Carnforth, Lancashire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') 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 exceptions?

Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or the location of the injury.

It costs nothing to find out if you can claim. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Claim Checker:

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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.

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
  • Physiotherapy
  • 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:

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Road accident claims in Carnforth

Road users should be able to start a claim for compensation if they are hurt on Carnforth's roads due to someone else's negligence.

It does not matter whether you have suffered an injury in a hit-and-run, or have been hurt in a collision on a roundabout, Quittance's road accident compensation claim guide sets out everything you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Carnforth

If you were injured at work and someone else was to blame, you might be able to claim compensation.

Whatever your job - whether you are a plasterer injured on a building site or a journalist injured in the office, our work accident claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

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.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

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

Other types of claim

Carnforth 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, Carnforth 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 Carnforth, Lancashire 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 legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Why choose us for your claim?

Specialist solicitors with 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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Frequently asked questions

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.

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 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.

What are the road accident statistics in Carnforth

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.

The 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.

Work accident statistics in Carnforth

The latest 2019 work injury figures in the Lancaster Local Authority (2013/14) are published under legislation by the Government excerpted below:

Work accidents in Lancaster Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
Undetermined32
Electric shock injury1
Machinery related7
0
Explosion related1
Fire related0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)2
Fall from height14
Animal related (e.g. livestock)0
Lifting and carrying45
Physical assault13
Slip or trip50
Struck against5
Hit by vehicle1
Struck by object14

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.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the 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.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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