A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Ellesmere Port or anywhere else in the UK, our expert lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, we can help you make a compensation 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for compensation should usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, 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

Your solicitor should look at how these issues will relate to your case.

How much can I claim?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Ellesmere Port

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of certified legal advisors have vast experience in obtaining maximum damages for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Ellesmere Port.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Ellesmere Port are not uncommon with a total of 1021 accidents (885 slight accidents, 128 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cheshire West and Chester local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,136. Incidents in the Ellesmere Port area in 2013 included collisions on the B5132 and B5463 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A5032 and B5132 junction.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Ellesmere Port

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from construction workers to employment advice workers, to claim compensation from their employer. Injury and illness data for the Ellesmere Port local authority reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified716349
Machinery related injury241512
Explosion related001
Fire related (e.g. burns)402
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1643
Fall from height464643
Animal related848
Manual handling1499896
Physical assault202410
Slip, trip, fall same level164142115
Struck against211513
Struck by moving vehicle211920
Struck by object594834
Trapped underneath something121

Find out more: Work accident claim

Other claims

Ellesmere Port lawyers for serious injury claims

The lasting impact a serious or catastrophic injury can have is understood by Courts when they are working out a claim. A successful claim should ease the financial burden on an injured person and their family so they can prioritise recovery. Quittance's network of expert law firms work with medical experts, the Courts and insurance companies to ensure families impacted by serious accidents get legal and medical support. Injuries and medical conditions which are held to be catastrophic or serious include serious psychiatric harm, spinal cord damage and poisoning.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Cheshire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are often forerunner to accidents filed under a different category for instance being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a lifting injury or a toxic substance accident. Public place litigation for injuries such as strained muscles sustained on obstructed footpaths are also common with pavement trips having happened on Overpool Rd and on Milton Rd.

Clinical and medical negligence in Ellesmere Port

Clinical negligence is the term for when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you just want closure or answers instead of starting an injury claim, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Trust Headquarters Redesmere, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with claiming compensation for industrial illness that include anything from asbestosis to asthma caused by latex.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Ellesmere Port 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 Ellesmere Port and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Ellesmere Port, from whiplash cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Our lawyers are selected for their success rate in winning claims and their specialist knowledge.

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

What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in Ellesmere Port?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire and throughout the country, get compensation.

In 2017, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants across Cheshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on building sites and cycling accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that making an injury claim is as stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Choosing the right solicitor

Instructing a suitable solicitor for your legal case is the most important step towards successfully claiming the most compensation for your accident.

How do you make sure you instruct the best company to work with?

Reviews for injury lawyers in Ellesmere Port

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Do you need to instruct a local Ellesmere Port solicitor ?

Going for a local firm is not so critical as cases are, as a matter of course, run by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a law firm that offers national medical centres as claimants will almost always have to go to a medical examination.

More : Will I have to attend a medical?

The variation in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums between different lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements is an important consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of ?27,184 for severe shoulder injuries might vary from ?16,310 to ?23,106.

Additional reading : How much compensation can you claim?

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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