A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Darlington or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

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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.

This calculation will factor in general damages and special damages.

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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Eligibility to claim

Claims must be made within 3 years of the injury in most cases.

People with certain illnesses or conditions such as hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is considered.

For the majority of injury claims, proving a claim involves three components. It needs to be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

A brief, no-obligation consultation with a specialist solicitor will give answers to your questions and useful guidance.

How much can I claim?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use claim calculator gives you an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Road traffic accident claims in Darlington

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Darlington are quite common with 6 fatal accidents, 35 serious accidents and 284 slight accidents in 2013 in Darlington (Total events were 325 local authority. By 2014 accidents decreased to 322. Incidents in the Darlington area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the B6280 and A167 roundabout and on the A167 and B6279 roundabout.

Quittance's panel of expert road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers are experienced in securing the best compensation for people hurt in a road accident in Darlington.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Darlington

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from building site contractors to credit analysts, to get the compensation they deserve. Work accident information for the Darlington local authority are compiled under RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Darlington Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)011
Machinery related injury142
Fire related111
Exposure to harmful substance421
Fall from height (ladder)9107
Injured by an animal313
Slip, trip, fall same level583844
Struck against11124
Struck by moving vehicle432
Hit by object13126
Trapped by something collapsing020

Find out more: Work accident compensation claim

Other injury claims

Slip and trip injuries

Recorded data stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common accident at work in North East England in 2014/15. Slips and trips are frequently the precursor to injuries filed under a different category for instance being hit by a runaway vehicle, being trapped by something or an exposure to fire accident. Public place claims for injuries like sprained wrists suffered on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with recent falls having occurred on Coleridge Gardens and on Carmel Rd South.

Medical negligence in Darlington

Clinical negligence is the term used when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want the hospital to explain what happened instead of injury compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to raise a complaint against County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with getting compensation for industrial illnesses that range from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to chronic silicosis.

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Darlington lawyers for serious injury claims

The long-term effect serious and catastrophic injury has is acknowledged by Courts when they are calculating what a claim is worth.

By reducing the financial pressure a major injury imposes on a claimant and their family, a compensation claim enables people to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation.

Our panel of expert solicitor firms have helped families claim compensation for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious and catastrophic include brain injuries, lung disease and serious pharmaceutical error.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

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

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Darlington, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Darlington?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of expert personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Darlington, County Durham and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants across County Durham seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including building site accidents and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if 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. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your needs?

Finding the most appropriate PI solicitor for your legal case is a critical step towards achieving the highest compensation settlement for your illness or injuries.

With approximately 100 offices within a 25 radius of Darlington (according to the SRA database) - how do you ensure you instruct the ideal legal practice for your case?

The diversity in the level of personal injury success fees and insurance premiums charged by firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is vast

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of ?16,319 for ankle injuries causing some permanent problems might vary from ?9,791 to ?13,871.

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Darlington solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by solicitors, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Researching online reviews can be informative if you are attempting to decide which lawyer to pick.

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Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

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

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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