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

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

Our personal injury services

We have helped injured people in Darwen, Lancashire and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In practice, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or whether a minor was injured.

A short phone call will let you know whether you are eligible to make a claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Injury Claim Checker:

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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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

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

Injury compensation calculator

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:

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Road accident claims in Darwen

You are entitled to claim compensation if you suffered an injury on Darwen's roads due to a negligent driver.

Whether you were injured as a pedestrian, or were hurt in a car accident on Darwen's roads, this road accident compensation claim guide explains everything you need to know about the claims process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Darwen

If you have sustained an injury due to of your employer's actions, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whatever you do for a living, whether you a civil engineer injured in the field or a shop worker injured on retail premises, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Medical negligence

Medical negligence describes when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial compensation. For example, you can contact Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

More about Medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial injuries ranging from allergic contact dermatitis to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

More about Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

Courts recognise that serious injuries can have a major impact on a claimant.

We work to achieve maximum compensation for serious injury and illness. This includes reimbursement for medical and care costs.

More about Serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Darwen No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Darwen injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Darwen, Lancashire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

The Quittance Team

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

What is your track record of handling claims in Darwen?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Darwen, Lancashire and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in Lancashire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on the road and accidents in the workplace.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that making an injury claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Are Darwen claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a solicitor near you.

In most cases, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For work-related upper limb disorders, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from £17,710 to £18,700 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

Injury lawyer reviews in Darwen - What to look for

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

What are the road accident statistics in Darwen

Quittance's panel of skilled no win no fee solicitors have vast experience in negotiating maximum awards for people who have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Darwen.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Darwen are quite common with a total of 576 accidents (507 slight accidents, 69 serious accidents and fatal accidents) in 2013 in Blackburn with Darwen local authority area. By 2014 the total had decreased to 553.

What are the Darwen work accident statistics?

The latest 2019 accident information for the Blackburn with Darwen Local Authority (2013/14) are published under regulations by the HSE and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Blackburn with Darwen Local AuthorityReported Injuries
Not specified24
Machinery related13
Explosion related0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)1
Fall from height11
Animal related (e.g. livestock)0
Lifting and handling injuries49
Physical assault16
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)52
Struck against9
Struck by moving vehicle5
Hit by object10
Crushed by something collapsing0

Can I claim for someone else?

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

If 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 on behalf of the injured person.

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

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

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

Taken from average case times, 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.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

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

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

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

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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