Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

How Quittance can help

Every year, we help injured people in Cockermouth, Cumbria and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

If you have been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you should be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In reality, a number of factors can impact whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or the location of the injury.

A brief phone consultation will let you know whether you are eligible to make a claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker:

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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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation calculator

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Cockermouth road accident claims

Road users are entitled to start a claim for compensation if they have been hurt on Cockermouth's roads due to another party's negligence.

It does not matter if you were injured in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a collision, our expert guide sets out how to make a road accident compensation claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Cockermouth

Have you have had an accident at work and your employer or another member of staff was liable? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp employed via an agency, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

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.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

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.

Read more about Medical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

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.

Read more about Serious injury compensation

Other types of claim

Cockermouth No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Cockermouth injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Cockermouth, Cumbria and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

How can Quittance help?

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

The 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.

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.

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

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.

Read Quittance reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Cockermouth

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.

What are the Cockermouth work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019 accident figures in the Allerdale Local Authority (2013/14) are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Government excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Allerdale Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Undetermined8
Electrocution0
Machinery related4
Fire related (e.g. scarrs)0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)2
Fall from height (ladder)9
Lifting23
Physical assault5
Slip, trip or fall33
Struck against3
Hit by vehicle0
Hit by object15
Crushed by something collapsing3

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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