A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Congleton or anywhere in the UK, our experienced solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 24, 2016

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Eligibility to claim

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as asbestosis 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 these cases.

To win a Congleton personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the Defendant
  • That duty was breached by the Defendant
  • The Defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Beginning your claim sooner will allow your solicitor to gather evidence and witness statements.

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How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online claim calculator gives you an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Work accident claims in Congleton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants, from gardeners to commissioning editors, to claim maximum compensation. Injury and illness information in the Staffordshire Moorlands local authority are published in accordance with legislation by the Government in the table below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Staffordshire Moorlands Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Other181913
Electrical injury010
Machinery related754
Fire related100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)111
Fall from height (scaffolding)6912
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)112
Lifting and handling injuries521826
Physical assault201017
Slip, trip or fall473532
Struck against765
Struck by moving vehicle302
Struck by object16159
Trapped underneath something111

For more information: Work injury compensation claims

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Road traffic accident claims in Congleton

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of qualified road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers have vast experience in securing the highest compensation for Claimants injured in a road accident in Congleton.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Congleton are not uncommon. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 1357 accidents (1152 slight accidents, 190 serious accidents and 15 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cheshire council area. In 2014 the total had decreased to 1,338.

For more information: Road accident claims

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Other types of claim

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive figures reveal that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most frequent cause of injury at work in Cheshire and the UK as a whole in 2015. They are frequently connected to injuries categorised as another type of accident like being hit by a falling object, a fall from a ladder or an animal related accident. Public place (Staffordshire Moorlands local authority) legal claims for injuries like fractured wrists suffered on tripping on a street are also quite prevalent with recent incidents having happened on High Street and on High St.

Serious injury

The long-term effect a serious injury has will be understood by Courts when they are calculating injury compensation. By limiting the stress serious injury puts on a Claimant, injury compensation allows individuals to focus on their recovery.

For more information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Congleton

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP or other health worker. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of injury compensation. For example, you can contact Trust Headquarters Redesmere, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

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Congleton 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 Congleton and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet our team

Our national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Congleton and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims and their specialist expertise.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What is your track record of winning claims in Congleton?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Congleton, Cheshire and across the UK, get compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Cheshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from ladder accidents to car accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.

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FAQs

Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

How to select the best solicitor for you

It can take several months for most claims to have a settlement negotiated. Injury claims for very serious injury or illness can take longer. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Your solicitor should be someone you can rely on throughout the claims process to provide legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

Many solicitors operate nationwide, allowing Claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Check Congleton solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by lawyers, as with any service, can differ.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can be enlightening if you are trying to decide which solicitor best serves your needs.

Read Solicitor reviews

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for mild tinnitus with some hearing loss could vary between ?10,175 and ?12,100 (based on 2015 market research).

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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