Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

The main criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?

Yes. There are several other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or where the injury occurred.

A short phone call will tell you whether you have a valid compensation claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant Claim Checker.

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

Calculate my injury compensation

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.

Road accident claims in East Yorkshire

Road accidents in the county are quite common. Government data indicates there were 749 road accidents in East Yorkshire in 2021; 559 slight accidents, 169 accidents and 21 fatalities. Incidents in the area in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A164 and A1174 junction and on the A1035 and A1174 roundabout.

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault in East Yorkshire, or anywhere in England or Wales, you may be entitled to claim compensation. A compensation claim could be possible if you were injured as a:

  • Driver or passenger in a car
  • Rider or pillion on a motorbike
  • Lorry, HGV or van driver or passenger
  • Public transport user (bus or taxi)
  • Cyclist or e-scooter rider
  • Pedestrian

whether you were hurt in a car crash at a junction, or have been involved in a motorcycle accident, this road accident compensation claim guide sets out what you need to know about how to claim.

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Road accident compensation claims

East Yorkshire work accident claims

In 2021, there were 407 non-fatal work accidents and 0 fatalities in East Yorkshire.

If you have sustained an injury at work in the last three years, you might be able to claim compensation.

All employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a warehouse worker or an HGV driver, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful claim.

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Work accident claims

East Yorkshire clinical negligence claims

Medical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of the lack of care of a GP or other health worker. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against any of the clinics and NHS trusts responsible for East Yorkshire, including Humber NHS Foundation Trust (Trust HQ, Willerby Hill, Beverley Road, Willerby, Hull, Yorkshire(East Riding)).

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

East Yorkshire public place injury claims

Occupiers' liability refers to the legal duty of care owed by property owners to anyone who visits their property.

Whether your accident happened when travelling on public transport or in a gym, and another party was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

If you've been hurt in an accident in a public area, we can help you.

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Claim public place accident compensation

Serious injury compensation claims

A serious (catastrophic) injury is where a claimant's quality of life is impaired to the extent where they are forced to make permanent changes to their daily life. Serious injuries typically include spinal or brain injuries, but could also include injuries affecting the senses, cancer and other diseases arising from exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals.

If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.

A claim will ease the financial burden, helping you and your family to focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert serious injury lawyers coordinate with insurance providers and medical professionals, so you get the rounded support you need.

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Claim catastrophic injury compensation

Do I need to visit a solicitor's office?

When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.

On a quick phone call with a friendly advisor, you can explain what happened and find out if you may have a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim.

Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in East Yorkshire and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance helped many claimants in East Yorkshire?

Whether you live in East Yorkshire or elsewhere, we can help you to make no win, no fee injury claim.

Whether your injury occurred due to a manager's negligence or as a result of a missed diagnosis our team will make sure your claim is handled by a specialist injury solicitor.

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

East Yorkshire solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, but service levels vary considerably. Personal recommendations and online reviews will make it easier choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

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

If, for example, 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 for them.

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

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

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

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?

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

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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

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

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor