A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

No matter whether you are based in Cumbria or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors can assist with your claim and we will set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, our expert solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims should be made within three years in most cases.

In most cases, proving an injury claim has three key components. It needs to be proven 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

Answers and both practical and legal advice can be provided by a brief, no-obligation consultation with an injury lawyer.

How much compensation can I claim?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Cumbria

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of specialist litigators have decades of experience in obtaining maximum damages for people who have been hurt in a road accident in Cumbria.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Cumbria are relatively frequent with statistics showing a total of 1676 accidents (1437 slight accidents, 212 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cumbria council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,932.

Further information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Cumbria

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from forklift drivers to dentists, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident data for the Cumbria local authority collated under RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Eden Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related445
Fire related001
Harmful substance related311
Fall from height12715
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)402
Manual handling36915
Physical assault710
Slip, trip or fall292521
Struck against454
Hit by vehicle112
Struck by object1137

Further information: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other types of claim

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from chemical poisoning to asthma caused by isocyanates.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury

Quittance's team understand the vital change a successful claim will make to the lives of severely injured claimants. By limiting the financial pressure severe injury imposes on an injured person and their family, compensation enables claimants to concentrate on recovery.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially recorded data demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the North West England workplace. Slips, trips and falls are often the cause of accidents attributed to other reasons like being hit by a reversing vehicle, a lifting injury or a harmful substance accident. Public place (Eden local authority) negligence claims injuries such as broken wrists experienced on pavement ice are also quite common with trips having happened recently.

Medical and clinical negligence in Cumbria

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages. For example, to make a formal complaint against Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Cumbria 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 Cumbria and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Cumbria and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their specialist expertise.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

Have Quittance solicitors won many injury claims in Cumbria?

Quittance is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps injured people in Cumbria and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

We have helped 100's of claimants in Cumbria get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from ladder accidents to motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


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 takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Help for potential claimants looking for an injury lawyer

In most cases a personal injury claim can take months to agree a settlement. In the most serious claims, some claims can take over a year. The SRA regulate legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is vital.

Read Cumbria personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, vary enormously.

Researching reviews can certainly help build a picture if you are deciding which solicitor to choose.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

Are Cumbria claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

You do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

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

The disparity in the amount of fees charged by firms is quite surprising.

To illustrate the point, the amount retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of ?15,659 for displaced metatarsal fractures can vary from ?9,395 to ?13,310.

Further reading How much compensation can you claim?

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.

Read more
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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