A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Gateshead or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced solicitors can help with your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, we can help you make 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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Eligibility to claim

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such circumstances.

In the majority of cases, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities 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.

Your lawyer will discuss these issues and should explain how they apply to your claim.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Gateshead

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Gateshead are not uncommon. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 652 accidents (591 slight accidents, 53 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Gateshead local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 699. Incidents in the Gateshead area in 2013 included collisions on the unknown of the A167 and A184 junction and on the dual carriageway of the A186 and A189 crossroads.

Our panel of proficient road traffic accident legal advisors have vast experience in obtaining the best settlements for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Gateshead.

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Work accident claims in Gateshead

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claimants, from factory workers to electrical engineers, to claim compensation. Work accident figures for the Gateshead local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Gateshead Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury003
Machinery related181615
Exposed to explosion130
Fire related (e.g. burns)021
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)737
Fall from height362426
Animal related301
Lifting and handling injuries1449090
Physical assault6912
Slip, trip, fall same level10711490
Struck against21229
Hit by vehicle965
Hit by object683446
Trapped by something collapsing110

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Other injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Gateshead

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for closure as opposed to claiming compensation. For example, you can contact Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, to make a complaint against Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from mesothelioma to farmers lung.

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Gateshead serious injury compensation claims

We understand the vital difference injury compensation can make to people whose lives have been impacted by catastrophic and serious injury.

Quittance's team fight to get the maximum compensation for serious injuries, which includes claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

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Slips, trips and falls

Official data expose the fact that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Tyne And Wear and the UK. These types of accident are often the initiators of injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being hit by an object falling from a vehicle, a lifting injury or a toxic substance accident. Public place claims for injuries such as bruised legs sustained on obstructed pathways are also common with kerb stone trips having occurred on Sunderland Road and on High St.

Gateshead 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 Gateshead and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Gateshead, from fast track whiplash cases to catastrophic injury. Our solicitors are selected for their track record in recovering compensation and their specialist expertise.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

Have you handled many Gateshead claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear and across the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants throughout Tyne and Wear get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from whiplash to accidents at work.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your illness or injury?

Compensation for a injury claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be agreed. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your lawyer should be someone you are able to rely on at every step of the process to provide legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Gateshead - What to consider

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to more casual and friendly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

The disparity in the amount of fees between firms is a material consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a claimant having been awarded ?84,634 for extensive fractures causing serious long term problems can vary from ?50,780 to ?71,938.

Further reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, 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.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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