A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Cleckheaton or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced personal injury lawyers can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, we can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims should be made in 3 years of an injury in most cases.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like noise-induced deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis, is what starts the three-year time limit in such circumstances.

Whether claiming for a slip, trip or work accident in Cleckheaton, making a successful claim has three key elements. It needs to be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Making your claim sooner will enable witness statements to be gathered by the lawyer.

Calculate your compensation

The total compensation you are likely to get will depend on a variety of factors. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Cleckheaton

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of skilled solicitors have years of experience in negotiating maximum compensation for people hurt in a road accident in Cleckheaton.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Cleckheaton are relatively common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 1215 accidents (1075 slight accidents, 127 serious accidents and 13 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kirklees council area. In 2014 accidents decreased to 1,109. Accidents in the Cleckheaton area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the M62 and A58 roundabout and on the M606 and M62 roundabout.

Read more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Cleckheaton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from nurses to computer sales supports, to claim for their work related injuries. Injury and illness figures for the Kirklees local authority made available in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in Kirklees Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known865751
Electric shock injury130
Machinery related injury422530
Explosion related (e.g. gas)010
Exposed to fire411
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)1365
Fall from height (scaffolding)523032
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)1224
Lifting and handling injuries20098118
Physical assault331326
Slip, trip, fall same level176156100
Struck against222017
Struck by moving vehicle14911
Hit by falling object865148
Trapped by something collapsing154

Read more: Accident at work claim

Other claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Cleckheaton

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a person is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you only want a better understanding of events rather than financial damages, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can write to Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: Medical negligence claims

Cleckheaton solicitors for serious injury compensation

The lasting effect serious injury can have will be acknowledged by Courts when they are determining injury compensation.

We work for the maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness, which includes claiming for physiotherapy and treatment. Quittance's network of expert solicitors work with insurers, doctors and the legal system to ensure people impacted by serious accidents and injuries get the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and medical conditions which are considered by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include amputation, asbestosis and degloving injuries.

Read more: Serious injury claims

Slips and trips

Reported statistics emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the West Yorkshire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes forerunner to injuries attributed to other causes for instance being struck by a moving object, a fall from a ladder or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place (Kirklees local authority) litigation for injuries like broken wrists sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite prevalent with recent pavement trips having occurred on Halifax Rd.

Cleckheaton No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Cleckheaton and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Cleckheaton, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their track record in winning cases and their level of experience.

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

Have Quittance solicitors handled many Cleckheaton claims?

We are a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people in West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from part-time worker injuries to accidents on public transport.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean making a claim 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. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Advice for injured people looking for a lawyer

Finding the best lawyer for your case is an important step towards obtaining the highest settlement or award for your injuries.

What is the best way to make sure you choose the most appropriate company to handle your case?

Do I need to instruct a local Cleckheaton injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby solicitor is not especially important as cases are typically run remotely.

You will need to instruct a solicitors' firm that offers medical facilities near you as you will usually be expected to attend a medical exam.

Read Cleckheaton personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can vary enormously.

Researching reviews is a great place to start when considering which solicitor to sign up with.

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The disparity in personal injury fees between law firms is quite surprising.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?27,069 for complicated leg fractures can vary from ?16,241 to ?23,009.

Further reading How much compensation can you claim?

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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