Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If your life and ability to work has been affected by an injury, we can help.

How we can help

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Colne, Lancashire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim?

If you were 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:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In practice, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances, the quantum of the claim or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.

We can verify whether you have a valid claim over the phone. Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant Claim Checker:

Check my claim

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:

Calculate compensation

Road accident claims in Colne

Road users have the right to start a claim for compensation if they have been injured on Colne's roads as the result of another party's negligence.

Whether you were a passenger in a car accident on Colne's roads, or were injured as a pedestrian, Quittance's expert guide explains how to start a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Colne

If you have been injured as a result of your employer's actions, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whether you are an employee, self-employed or even on a zero-hours contract, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Public place injuries

Health and Saftey Executive data stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most prevalent accident in the Lancashire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are often the cause of injuries filed under a different category for instance being hit by material under pressure or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as strained muscles experienced on obstructed pathways are also common with pothole trips having occurred on Leeds Rd and on Albert Rd.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

When a patient is injured as the result of a GP or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can write to Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, for example, to make a complaint against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

We understand the critical difference compensation makes to the lives of people impacted by major injury.

A successful claim should lessen the financial burden and reduce the pressure on an injured person and their dependants enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of expert solicitors engage with insurance providers and Courts to make sure families affected by severe accidents get legal and medical support.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Other types of claim

Colne 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, Colne 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 Colne, Lancashire 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

Can Quittance help me?

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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

Call me back

  • Tick icon FREE
    consultation
  • Tick icon Find out
    if you can claim
  • Tick icon No obligation
    to start a claim

FAQs

Has Quittance won many injury claims in Colne?

We are a nationwide network of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people in Colne, Lancashire and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we assisted hundreds of people across Lancashire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and road accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim 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.

Injury lawyer reviews in Colne - Tips for comparing firms

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service taken by individual firms.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For moderate complex regional pain syndrome, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from £22,660 to £42,460 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Will you need to instruct a local legal firm ?

Choosing a nearby firm is not especially important as cases are managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should go with a solicitors practice with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will need to attend a medical assessment.

[[PI-LOCAL-WORK-STATS]]

[[PI-LOCAL-ROAD-TABLE]]

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.

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).

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert