A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Driffield or anywhere in the country, we can are able to handle your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, we 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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Key criteria

Personal injury claims should, in most cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is considered.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate:

  • 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

Getting your claim started sooner should enable your solicitor to collect useful supporting evidence.

Calculate my compensation

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Driffield

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Driffield are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1139 accidents (946 slight accidents, 185 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Riding of Yorkshire local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,211. Incidents in the Driffield region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A614 and A166 roundabout and on the A614 and B1249 roundabout.

Quittance's network of accredited road traffic accident personal injury solicitors have vast experience in obtaining the highest awards for claimants injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Driffield.

Read more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Driffield

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from building site contractors to control and instrumentation engineers, to claim maximum compensation. Work injury statistics in the East Riding of Yorkshire local authority reported under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in East Riding of Yorkshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)410
Machinery related injury253220
Explosion related (e.g. gas)100
Exposed to fire512
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)13511
Fall from height483141
Animal related (e.g. livestock)745
Manual handling163109106
Physical assault401112
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)158153115
Struck against272617
Struck by moving vehicle291911
Struck by object834851
Trapped by something collapsing340

Read more: Work accident compensation claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Recorded figures indicate that slips and trips are by far the most common accident at work in East Riding Of Yorkshire and the UK as a whole in 2014/15. These types of accident are frequently the initiators of accidents classified under another heading such as being hit by a runaway vehicle or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place (East Riding of Yorkshire local authority) legal claims for injuries like fractured vertebrae occurring on spillages are also common with pavement trips having happened on Sands Lane and on Quay Road.

Medical and clinical negligence in Driffield

Clinical negligence describes when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a GP or other medical professional. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you just want the hospital to explain what happened rather than starting an injury claim, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to make a formal complaint against Humber NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Trust HQ, Willerby Hill, Beverley Road, Willerby, Hull, Yorkshire(East Riding).

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with securing compensation for industrial illness that include anything from bladder cancer to farmers lung.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Driffield specialists for serious injury claims

The Courts recognise that serious injuries can have a major effect on an injured person and their dependants.

We work hard for the maximum compensation for major injuries. This includes reimbursement for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Quittance's panel of solicitor firms for many years have aided families impacted by severe accidents. Injuries which are considered to be catastrophic or serious include neck injuries and birth negligence.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Driffield 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 Driffield and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Driffield, from fast track whiplash cases to catastrophic injury. Selected for their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Driffield?

We are a national network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Driffield, East Yorkshire and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants across East Yorkshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including factory accidents and car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.


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.

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

Identifying a suitable solicitors' practice for your legal case is the most important step towards receiving the highest compensation award for your illness or injuries.

How do you make certain you instruct the ideal legal practice to work with?

Will you need to instruct a local legal firm ?

Going for a local law firm is not particularly relevant as injury cases are typically managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to choose a law firm that has national medical centres as claimants will have to go to a medical assessment.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for severe toe injuries, for example, ranges from ?11,110 to ?17,050 (based on 2015 market data).

Reviews for lawyers in Driffield

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by 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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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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