A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Dewsbury or anywhere in the UK, our injury solicitors are able to take on your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, our expert solicitors can assist you with a 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 should usually be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date of diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

For most claims, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It needs to be demonstrated that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

A free phone consultation with an Dewsbury injury lawyer will give answers to your questions and useful guidance.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Dewsbury

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for injured claimants, from plasterers to court reporters, to secure financial compensation awards. Accident statistics in the Wakefield local authority are published under regulations by the HSE in the following table:

HSE reported work accidents in Wakefield Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related432
Machinery related injury333024
Explosion related200
Exposed to fire102
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)1645
Fall from height514442
Animal related444
Lifting and handling injuries253169182
Physical assault393726
Slip, trip or fall220170157
Struck against561528
Struck by moving vehicle241812
Struck by object1076647
Trapped by something collapsing140

See: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Dewsbury

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Dewsbury are reasonably common. Official statistics reveal a total of 917 accidents (767 slight accidents, 140 serious accidents and 10 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wakefield local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 922. Incidents in the Dewsbury area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A638 and A652 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A644 and A638 junction.

Our network of expert injury lawyers have vast experience in obtaining the best awards for claimants who have been hurt in a road accident in Dewsbury.

See: Road accident compensation

Other injury claims

Dewsbury serious injury compensation claims

The Courts recognise that serious injuries have a significant effect on an affected individual.

Compensation should ease the financial burden and take the pressure off an injured claimant and their family enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Our panel of solicitors work with medical professionals and the defendant's representatives to ensure claimants impacted by severe accidents receive medical and financial support.

See: Serious injury compensation

Slips, trips and falls

Recorded data demonstrate that slips and trips are still the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in West Yorkshire and the UK. Slips, trips and falls are typically forerunner to accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by an object falling from a vehicle or a river drowning accident. Public place (Wakefield local authority) legal claims for injuries like broken collarbones suffered on poorly maintained paths are also common with incidents having occurred on St. Peters Parade.

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help claimants with getting compensation for industrial illness including anything from dermatitis claims to asthma caused by colophony.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Medical negligence in Dewsbury

Medical negligence is the term used when a patient is injured due to the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong rather than starting an injury claim, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can contact Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, for example, to make a complaint against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Medical negligence compensation

Dewsbury 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 Dewsbury and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Dewsbury, from relatively minor claims to catastrophic injury. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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

What is your track record of winning claims in Dewsbury?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of award winning personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in West Yorkshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from workplace accidents to car accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and 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. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your illness or injury

Finding the most suitable PI solicitor to act for you is the most important step towards successfully claiming the most compensation.

How can you ensure you choose the ideal company to represent you?

The diversity in personal injury success fees and ATE premiums charged by solicitors is a material consideration for claimants.

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?84,630 for extensive fractures causing serious long term problems could vary from ?50,778 to ?71,935.

More information How to compare personal injury solicitors

Will I need a local Dewsbury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the law firm is less important as cases now tend to be handled remotely.

You will need to select a firm that offers medical facilities near Dewsbury as claimants will almost always need to attend an independent medical examination.

Look into Dewsbury personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by lawyers, as with any professional service, vary enormously.

Reading reviews can help build a picture if you are attempting to decide which lawyer to work with.

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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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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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