Have you been hurt in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

You may be able to claim injury compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

What caused your injury?

Depending on how your injury happened, the compensation claims process will vary. A specialist solicitor will guide you through the stages of making a claim.

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Will I be able to make a claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In practice, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances, the quantum of the claim or whether liability can be proved.

We can confirm your eligibility to claim over the phone. Speak to an expert now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant Claim Checker.

Do I have longer to claim if injured as a child?

If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'. If you suffered an injury as a child, you have until you turn 21 years old to claim compensation.

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Child injury compensation claims

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

Calculate my injury compensation

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.

Road accident claims in Cumbria

Government data reveals there were 987 road accidents in Cumbria in 2021, including 732 slight accidents, 231 accidents and 24 fatalities.

If you've been injured by another road user's actions or negligence, we can help you get the support and financial compensation you need for your recovery.

Regardless of whether you have suffered an injury in a cycling accident, or have been hurt in a car accident, our road accident claim guide sets out everything you need to know about how to claim.

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Work injury claims in Cumbria

In 2021, there were 446 non-fatal work accidents and 4 fatalities in Cumbria, based on official records.

You may be able to claim work accident compensation if you've been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

All employers owe a duty of care to their employees. Whether you were injured or made ill when working as a doctor or a builder, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful no win, no fee claim.

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Work accident compensation

How common are work accidents in Cumbria?

Work accidents in Cumbria (HSE)Reported Injuries
Unspecified14%
Electrocution0%
Machinery related6%
Fire related1%
Harmful substance related1%
Fall from height18%
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)2%
Manual handling18%
Physical assault0%
Slip, trip or fall25%
Struck against5%
Hit by vehicle2%
Struck by object8%

Medical negligence claims in Cumbria

Medical negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP or other health worker. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against any of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Cumbria.

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

Public place injury claims in Cumbria

A compensation claim for an injury on property or land that is accessible to the general public is called a public liability claim.

Whether you have been injured in a shopping centre or on council property, you could be entitled to make an injury claim.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident in public, we can help.

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Public place accident claims

Serious injury compensation claims

Serious and catastrophic injuries typically include amputations, paralysis and brain injuries.

If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.

A claim will ease the financial burden, helping you and your family to focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert serious injury lawyers coordinate with insurance providers and medical professionals, so you get the rounded support you need.

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Serious injury compensation claims

Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?

Personal injury claims are carried out by phone, post and email, so there will be no need to travel to your solicitor's office when claiming compensation.

You can begin with a free phone consultation with a legally-trained advisor. Your advisor will set out your options for compensation, and there is no obligation to proceed.

If you decide to make a compensation claim, your solicitor will take you through the process over the phone. You will be able to speak to your solicitor at any stage and you wlll receive regular updates.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Cumbria and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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FAQs

Have you helped many claimants in Cumbria?

Each year, we help hundreds of injured people in Cumbria, Cumbria and across the country.

Whether you have been injured in a car or motorbike accident or during a negligent medical procedure we can introduce you to the right solicitor for your claim.

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.

Cumbria solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, but service levels vary considerably.

Online reviews and recommendations from friends and family will make it easier to find the right solicitor for your claim.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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.

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Will I have to go to court?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator