A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you are based in Cockermouth or anywhere else in the UK, we can help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Personal injury claims must be made within three years of the date of the injury in most cases.

For most claims, a successful compensation claim involves three components. It must be shown 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

In all cases, answers and useful advice will be provided by a free phone consultation with a specialist lawyer.

Calculate my compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Cockermouth

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from gardeners to commercial horticulturists, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident figures in the Allerdale local authority are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Government excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Allerdale Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related324
Fire related (e.g. scars)200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)222
Fall from height (ladder)1599
Physical assault735
Slip, trip or fall312333
Struck against533
Hit by vehicle330
Hit by object91215
Crushed by something collapsing113

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Road traffic accident claims in Cockermouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Cockermouth are not uncommon. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1676 accidents (1437 slight accidents, 212 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cumbria local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,932. Incidents in Cockermouth in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A66 and A5086 roundabout and on the A595 and A594 roundabout.

Quittance's group of trained injury solicitors have vast experience in fighting for maximum compensation for people hurt in a road accident in Cockermouth.

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Other types of claim

Serious injury

The lasting effect a serious or catastrophic injury can have will be understood by solicitors and insurers when determining a claim.

We work to achieve maximum compensation for major injuries. This includes damages for physiotherapy and treatment.

Quittance's panel of expert solicitor firms work with Courts, insurers and doctors to make sure people affected by serious accidents and injuries receive the legal and medical support they need.

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Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported statistics underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the most common accident in the Cumbria workplace in 2014/15. These types of accident are typically lead to injuries recorded in another category like being hit by another person, a lifting injury or an electrical discharge accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as strained muscles sustained on poorly maintained paths are also common with recent incidents having occurred on Main Street and on Fell View.

Medical and clinical negligence in Cockermouth

When someone is injured or becomes ill due to a GP or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want a detailed explanation of what happened as opposed to financial compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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Cockermouth 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 Cockermouth and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Cockermouth and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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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 injury claims in Cockermouth?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that helps people in Cockermouth, Cumbria and throughout the country, get compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Cumbria seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from slips and trips at work to public place accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your illness or injury?

Compensation for a compensation claim can take months, and even years in cases of serious injury, to be settled. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), however service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

Do you need a local legal firm ?

The location of a solicitors office is less important as injury cases are usually managed by phone and email.

You will need to instruct a solicitors' firm that offers national medical centres as claimants will need to go to a medical assessment.

The disparity in success fees between firms working on No Win No Fee agreements is an important consideration for claimants.

As an example the amount retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of ?14,089 for severe toe injuries might vary from ?8,453 to ?11,976.

See How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Look into Cockermouth solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by injury lawyers can differ considerably.

Researching reviews can certainly be informative when trying to decide which lawyer best serves your needs.

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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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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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