A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in County Durham or anywhere in the UK, our injury lawyers can manage your claim and we will always set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 13, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

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Key criteria

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

For most claims, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

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Injury claims calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in County Durham

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of qualified personal injury solicitors have years of experience in getting maximum awards for people hurt in a road accident in County Durham.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in County Durham are relatively common with a total of 1369 accidents (1168 slight accidents, 172 serious accidents and 29 fatal accidents) in 2013 in County Durham local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,585.

See: Road traffic accident claims

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Work accident claims in County Durham

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from scaffolding erectors to clothing and textile technologists, to secure financial compensation awards.

See: No win, no fee work accident claim

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Other injury claims

Serious injury lawyers in County Durham

Courts recognise that a serious injury can have a major impact on an injured Claimant. A claim should ease the financial burden and reduce stress so an injured Claimant and their family so they can focus on rehabilitation. Our network of specialist lawyers have for many years aided people impacted by serious accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are held by the Courts to be serious include bowel cancer and serious psychiatric harm.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data highlight the fact that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most common accident in the North East England workplace. Slips and trips are frequently the initiators of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by moving machinery or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place (County Durham local authority) litigation for injuries like sprained wrists sustained on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with street trips having happened on New Rd and on High St.

Medical and clinical negligence in County Durham

When a person suffers injury or illness due to a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for closure or answers instead of starting an injury claim. To make a complaint against County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claims

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County Durham 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 County Durham and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in County Durham, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience do you have of claims in County Durham?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in County Durham, Durham and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across Durham get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car passenger accidents and part-time worker injuries.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Help for those searching for an injury lawyer

Choosing the best solicitor to assist you is the most important step towards negotiating the highest settlement or award for your injuries.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of County Durham (according to the SRA website) - what is the best way to ensure you select the most appropriate firm to represent you?

Will you need to choose a local County Durham lawyer ?

Going for a local firm is not so relevant as cases can be conducted by phone, post and email.

However, you should go with a solicitors practice that offers medical facilities near County Durham as you will almost always have to attend a medical exam.

Look into County Durham solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by solicitors, as with any service, can differ considerably.

Researching reviews is a great place to start when trying to decide which lawyer to choose.

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The disparity in the level of personal injury insurance premiums and success fees between different law firms working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) can have a significant impact on your compensation.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful Claimant who was awarded ?78,275 for a severe foot injury might vary from ?46,965 to ?66,534.

See - How to compare injury solicitors quotes

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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