A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Chorley or anywhere in the UK, we can will take on your claim and we will set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with 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

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

To win a personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

A no-obligation phone call with an expert Chorley lawyer will provide information and invaluable guidance.

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Chorley

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from bricklayers to clinical microbiologists, to claim maximum compensation. Accident statistics for the Chorley local authority made available under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government excerpted below:

Work accidents in Chorley Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock120
Machinery related862
Exposed to fire010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. diesel exhaust fumes)111
Fall from height (ladder)151013
Animal related (e.g. livestock)320
Physical attack28197
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)485235
Struck against814
Struck by moving vehicle402
Hit by falling object17917
Trapped by something collapsing100

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Road traffic accident claims in Chorley

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of no win, no fee legal advisors have vast experience in obtaining optimum awards for claimants injured in a road accident in Chorley.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Chorley are reasonably common. Official statistics reveal 32 fatal accidents, 610 serious accidents and 3442 slight accidents in 2013 in Lancashire (Total events were 4084 local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 4,367. Incidents in the Chorley area in 2013 included collisions on the dual carriageway of the A6 and A674 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A6 and B5252 junction.

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Other injury claims

Serious injury specialists in Chorley

We recognise the critical change a successful claim can make to people whose lives have been affected by serious and catastrophic injury. Quittance's network of specialist solicitors work hard for the maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, which includes compensation for medical expenses and care costs.

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Clinical negligence in Chorley

Medical negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a doctor or other medical professional. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you just want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of financial compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire.

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Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially recorded figures underline the fact that slips and trips are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Lancashire in 2015. Slips and trips are typically forerunner to injuries attributed to other causes such as being hit by a runaway vehicle or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place accident claims injuries like fractured vertebrae happening on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with trips having happened on Devonshire Rd and on Cleveland Street.

Chorley 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 Chorley and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet our team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Chorley, from less severe claims to long term industrial disease. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their success rate in winning claims.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

What experience do you have of winning claims in Chorley?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Chorley, Lancashire and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants in Lancashire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to industrial disease.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as stress-free as possible.


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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How to choose the right injury lawyer

Choosing the most appropriate injury lawyer to help you is a key step towards receiving the most compensation for your injuries.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Chorley (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015 database) - what is the best way to ensure you instruct the most appropriate company to work with?

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

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

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider 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.

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 bronchitis could vary between ?16,830 and ?25,300 (based on 2015 market research).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Chorley solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers can vary.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can help build a picture when considering which lawyer to select.

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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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