A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Castleford or anywhere in the UK, our experienced solicitors will take on your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a compensation 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

A claim must usually be made within a three-year window.

For most claims, a successful compensation claim will involve three issues. It needs to be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Your lawyer will consider how your injury claim will relate to each of these points.

Injury claims calculator

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on a number of factors. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Castleford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from bricklayers to chiropractors, to secure financial compensation awards. Work accident statistics in the Castleford local authority are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Wakefield Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related432
Machinery related injury333024
Explosion related200
Exposed to fire102
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)1645
Fall from height514442
Animal related444
Lifting and handling injuries253169182
Physical assault393726
Slip, trip or fall220170157
Struck against561528
Struck by moving vehicle241812
Struck by object1076647
Trapped by something collapsing140

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Road traffic accident claims in Castleford

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Castleford are not uncommon. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 917 accidents (767 slight accidents, 140 serious accidents and 10 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wakefield local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 922. Accidents in Castleford in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A639 and M62 roundabout and on the A655 and A639 roundabout.

Our network of knowledgeable solicitors are experienced in achieving the highest general and special damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Castleford.

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Other claims we handle

Slip and trip injuries

HSE statistics underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are still the most frequent accident at work in West Yorkshire and the UK as a whole. They are often connected to injuries categorised as something else like being struck by moving machinery or an exposure to fire accident. Public place litigation for injuries such as sprained ankles suffered on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with slips and trips having happened on Churchfield Lane and on Church Lane.

Castleford experts for serious injury claims

The Quittance team understand the difference a compensation claim will make to the lives of people whose lives have been impacted by major injury.

A claim will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on an injured claimant and their family enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation. Quittance's network of law firms have helped families impacted by major accidents. Injuries and illnesses held to be serious and catastrophic range from amputation to back injuries.

Read more about No win, no fee serious injury claims

Medical negligence in Castleford

When a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want an explanation as to what went wrong rather than a compensation award. You can contact Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, for example, to make a formal complaint against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

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Castleford No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Castleford and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Castleford, from more minor injury cases to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are selected for their level of experience and their track record in winning claims.

Meet the team - click here.

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

How much experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Castleford?

Quittance is a nationwide network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Castleford, West Yorkshire and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have helped 100's of injured claimants in West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including injuries sustained at work and car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for you is critical for your illness or injury

It can take many months for the majority of claims to have a settlement negotiated. Cases involving disputed liability or severe injury can take years in some circumstances. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is an important first step.

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

You do not need to choose a personal injury solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

The diversity in the level of fees between different lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements is an important consideration for claimants.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant accepting a settlement of ?5,123 for minor eye injuries can range from ?3,074 to ?4,355.

Further reading How much compensation can you claim?

Check Castleford personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by solicitors, as with any service, can vary enormously.

Researching online reviews is a great place to start when thinking about which lawyer to choose.

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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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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