A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Chester or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced solicitors can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Personal injury claims should be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in the majority of cases.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a work-related illness or road accident, there are three components to proving a claim. It must be demonstrated that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our injury calculator provides a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Chester

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Chester are relatively common with statistics showing a total of 1021 accidents (885 slight accidents, 128 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cheshire West and Chester local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,136. Accidents in the Chester region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A540 and A5480 roundabout and on the A483 and A5104 roundabout.

Our panel of qualified personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in getting maximum settlements for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Chester.

For more information: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Chester

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for self employed and employed claimants injured at work, from hotel workers to civil engineers, to secure financial compensation awards. Work injury information in the Cheshire West and Chester local authority are published in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified716349
Machinery related injury241512
Explosion related001
Fire related (e.g. burns)402
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1643
Fall from height464643
Animal related848
Manual handling1499896
Physical assault202410
Slip, trip, fall same level164142115
Struck against211513
Struck by moving vehicle211920
Struck by object594834
Trapped underneath something121

For more information: Work accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Chester serious injury compensation claims

The lasting effect of a serious or catastrophic injury is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when they are working out compensation. By limiting the financial pressure a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on an injured claimant, a compensation claim allows people to prioritise their recovery.

Our network of solicitors for many years have helped claimants affected by serious accidents.

For more information: Serious injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Official figures underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are still the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Cheshire and the UK. These types of accident are sometimes the precursor to injuries categorised as another type of accident like being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as broken toes occurring on pavement ice are also quite prevalent with recent dislodged paving slab trips having occurred on Faulkner St and on Brook St.

Clinical negligence in Chester

Clinical negligence is the term used when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a GP or other medical professional's lack of care. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for closure or answers instead of financial damages. For example, you can write to Trust Headquarters Redesmere, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire, to make a formal complaint against Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence claim

Chester 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 Chester and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Chester, from less severe claims to long term illness. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their level of specialist experience and their track record in winning cases.

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 do you have of winning claims in Chester?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists people in Chester, Cheshire and across the country, recover injury compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Cheshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents in the workplace.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and stress-free as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be settled. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is vital.

Read Chester personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by injury lawyers can vary to a large extent.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be a good place to start if you are considering which lawyer best serves your needs.

Read more Personal injury solicitors reviews

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Usually, the only aspect that should be carried out locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for minor achilles tendon injuries could vary between ?5,885 and ?10,175 (based on 2015 market research).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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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