A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Chadderton or anywhere in the country, our injury lawyers can take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our expert solicitors can help you make 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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Eligibility to claim

Injury claims should usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what is important in these situations.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove 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 solicitor will consider how your claim relates to these issues.

How much compensation can I claim?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Chadderton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from carpenters to clinical scientists, to secure financial compensation awards. Injury and illness data for the Oldham local authority are compiled under reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Oldham Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury101
Machinery related injury141314
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)010
Fire related (e.g. burns)211
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)712
Fall from height241420
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)001
Lifting and carrying1346780
Physical attack231018
Slip or trip1149677
Struck against1687
Struck by moving vehicle725
Struck by object472227

Find out more: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Chadderton

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Chadderton are relatively frequent. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 1 fatal accidents, 53 serious accidents and 459 slight accidents in 2013 in Oldham (Total events were 513 local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 547. Incidents in Chadderton in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A6048 and A627 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A669 and A663 crossroads.

Quittance's panel of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) litigators have a wealth of experience in obtaining optimum general and special damages for people hurt in a road accident in Chadderton.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claim

Other types of claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Chadderton

When someone is injured as the result of a GP or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you only want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Cobbett House, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially reported statistics underline the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most common accident at work in Greater Manchester. Slips and trips are typically the initiators of injuries recorded in a different category such as being struck by a moving object or a quarry drowning accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like strained muscles suffered on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with recent dislodged paving slab trips having happened on Rochdale Rd and on Parkgate.

Serious injury

We understand the change compensation will make to people affected by serious injury. Our panel of specialist solicitors fight for the maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions, which includes compensation for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Chadderton 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 Chadderton and throughout the UK.

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

Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Chadderton, from short-term injury cases to catastrophic injury. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

Have Quittance solicitors won many injury claims in Chadderton?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Chadderton, Greater Manchester and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of people across Greater Manchester seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents on the road to building site accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make the claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.

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?

Instructing the most appropriate law firm to represent you is a key step towards getting the best compensation settlement.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Chadderton (SRA 2015 figures), what is the best way to make certain you select the ideal law firm to work with?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Check Chadderton personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Online reviews can be informative if you are contemplating which solicitor to sign up with.

Find out more Personal injury lawyer reviews

Does the location of the law firm matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a solicitor near you.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

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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