A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Garforth or anywhere else in England or Wales, we can help with your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

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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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

For the majority of injury claims, making a successful claim has three key components. It needs to be shown 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.

Starting your claim as soon as possible should allow your solicitor to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

Find out how much you can claim

The total compensation you are likely to get is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use claim calculator gives an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Work accident claims in Garforth

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants injured at work, from kitchen workers to exploration geologists, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident at work statistics for the Leeds local authority collated under legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Leeds Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury535
Machinery related513331
Explosion related (e.g. gas)120
Fire related (e.g. scars)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)251613
Fall from height (ladder)1206479
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)18912
Lifting and handling injuries391235263
Physical attack965064
Slip, trip, fall same level432315287
Struck against663834
Struck by moving vehicle212015
Struck by object16312188
Trapped by something collapsing449

See: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Garforth

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Garforth are reasonably common with statistics showing a total of 2433 accidents (2139 slight accidents, 279 serious accidents and 15 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Leeds local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,532. Incidents in the Garforth region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A63 and A642 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the B6137 and A63 junction.

Quittance's panel of accredited no win, no fee lawyers have decades of experience in negotiating optimum general and special damages for people injured in a car accident in Garforth.

See: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Garforth

Medical negligence is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong rather than starting an injury claim. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire.

See: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

The impact of a serious injury is recognised by the Courts when working out how much compensation to pay.

We fight to get maximum compensation for severe injuries. This includes damages for medical treatment and care costs. Our network of law firms engage with insurers and doctors and health professionals, helping to ensure people impacted by major accidents get the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and illnesses which are held to be serious and catastrophic include deep vein thrombosis and brain tumours.

See: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially recorded statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are still the most frequent cause of injury at work in West Yorkshire. They are frequently connected to accidents recorded in another category, such as being hit by hand tools in use, a lifting injury or a lake drowning accident. Public place (Leeds local authority) claims for injuries like broken collarbones happening on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent falls having occurred on Main St and on Astley Lane.

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness ranging from workplace cancer to dioxin poisoning.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Garforth No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Garforth and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Garforth and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their level of experience and their winning track record.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in Garforth?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of specialist personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Garforth, West Yorkshire and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the workplace to road accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, mean making a claim 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. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your illness or injury

Finding a suitable legal expert to assist you is a crucial step towards achieving the highest compensation award.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Garforth (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015 database), how do you ensure you select the most appropriate legal practice for your case?

Does the location of the lawyer matter?

Many injury lawyers operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

In most cases, the only aspect that should be carried out locally 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 network of medical professionals.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

The variation in personal injury success fees between different solicitors is significant.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?12,061 for mild asthma could vary from ?7,237 to ?10,252.

Read more at How much can you claim?

What should you look for when comparing reviews for solicitors in Garforth?

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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