A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Darwen or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers will help with your claim and we will set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Can I make a injury claim?

Updated: September 12, 2016

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, Quittance can help you make a claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Injury claims must be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred in the majority of cases.

In order to win a Darwen personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the Defendant
  • That duty was breached by the Defendant
  • The Defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Starting your claim as soon as possible will enable evidence and witness statements to be gathered in support of your claim by the lawyer.

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How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Darwen

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

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Work accident claims in Darwen

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for Claimants, from construction workers to conference organisers, to claim compensation. Accident information for the Blackburn with Darwen local authority are published under regulations by the HSE and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Blackburn with Darwen Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified222424
Machinery related191313
Explosion related100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)311
Fall from height151911
Animal related (e.g. livestock)200
Lifting and handling injuries715149
Physical assault281016
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)644352
Struck against1069
Struck by moving vehicle345
Hit by object141410
Crushed by something collapsing110

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Other claims

Medical negligence in Darwen

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.

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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.

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Serious injury solicitors serving Darwen

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.

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Slip and trip injuries

Government statistics stress the fact that slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in Lancashire. These types of accident are quite often lead to accidents recorded in another category like being hit by an object falling from a building, when supporting another person or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like broken arms happening on pavement ice are also quite common with recent kerb stone trips having happened on Hindle St and on Bolton Rd.

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Darwen 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 Darwen and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Darwen and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their level of experience and their winning track record.

Meet the team - click here.

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

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Frequently asked questions

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.

Help for injured people searching for an injury lawyer

In most cases a compensation claim can take several months to complete and in cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is vital.

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.

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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