A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you live in Garstang or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced solicitors are able to assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make 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 for compensation must, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as RSI may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these situations.

In order to win a Garstang personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Starting your claim as soon as possible should enable your lawyer to collect useful supporting evidence.

How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Work accident claims in Garstang

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from lathe operators to equal opportunities officers, to get the compensation they deserve. Injury and illness statistics in the Wyre local authority reported under RIDDOR legislation by the Government and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Wyre Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury537
Exposed to explosion011
Fire related (e.g. scars)002
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)200
Fall from height (ladder)6147
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)400
Lifting and handling injuries282626
Physical attack726
Slip, trip, fall same level302622
Struck against510
Struck by moving vehicle011
Hit by object1865
Trapped by something collapsing001

See: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Garstang

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) lawyers have vast experience in securing the best settlements for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Garstang.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Garstang are common. Official statistics show a total of 4084 accidents (3442 slight accidents, 610 serious accidents and 32 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Lancashire local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 4,367.

See: Road accident compensation

Other injury claims

Serious injury solicitors handling compensation in Garstang

Courts recognise that serious injuries have a life-changing effect on an injured person and their family.

A successful claim will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on a claimant and their family so they can prioritise rehabilitation.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical and medical negligence in Garstang

When someone is injured as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of claiming compensation. You can write to Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, for example, to make a formal complaint against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from chemical poisoning to hydrocarbon poisoning.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive figures demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are by far the most frequent cause of injury at work in Lancashire and the UK. These types of accident are typically the initiators of injuries recorded in a different category such as being struck by a falling object or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries such as broken ankles experienced on tripping on a street are also quite prevalent with recent street falls having happened on the Square and on Hollins Lane.

Garstang No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Garstang and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Garstang, from fast track claims to long term illness. Our lawyers are selected for their winning track record and their level of specialist experience.

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 does Quittance have of winning claims in Garstang?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps people in Garstang, Lancashire and across the UK, get compensation.

Last year, we assisted 100's of injured claimants across Lancashire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including workplace accidents and car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean making a claim is as convenient and 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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Advice for potential claimants seeking a personal injury solicitor

In most cases a injury claim can take months to agree a settlement and for serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not responsible for many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to trust at every step of the process to offer compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

The disparity in the amount of success fees between different solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements is important for claimants.

For example the amount retained by a claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?12,226 for scarring can vary from ?7,336 to ?10,392.

Further reading How to compare personal injury fees

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Garstang - What to consider

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach taken by individual firms.

Does the location of the law firm matter?

You do not need to pick a solicitor near you.

Usually, the only aspect that does require a local service 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.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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