A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Colne or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, we can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

For the majority of injury claims, making a successful claim involves three components. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities 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

Starting your claim as soon as possible should allow your solicitor to gather evidence and witness statements.

Injury claims calculator

The compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Colne

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from hotel workers to clinical microbiologists, to claim compensation. Work injury figures in the Pendle local authority reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Pendle Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)020
Machinery related injury1379
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. MTBE related illnesses)201
Fall from height (scaffolding)81111
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)020
Lifting and handling injuries482235
Physical assault162
Slip, trip, fall same level372725
Struck against223
Hit by falling object14134
Trapped by something collapsing110

Further information: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Colne

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Colne are quite common. Government statistics reveal a total of 4084 accidents (3442 slight accidents, 610 serious accidents and 32 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Lancashire local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 4,367. Accidents in the Colne area in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A6068 and B6247 crossroads and on the dual carriageway of the M65 and A6068 roundabout.

Our network of trained no win, no fee lawyers have decades of experience in getting the highest settlements for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Colne.

Further information: Road accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical and medical negligence in Colne

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

Slips and trips

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.

Serious injury experts acting in Colne

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

Colne 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 Colne and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Colne, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience.

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

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.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your illness or injury

Identifying the most suitable solicitors' practice to act for you is your most important step towards getting the highest compensation award for your injuries.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Colne - what is the best way to make certain you instruct the most appropriate legal practice to work with?

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.

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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