A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Great Ayton or anywhere in the country, our expert injury solicitors can manage your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Injury claims should usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like noise-induced deafness may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

In most cases, proving an injury claim will involve three issues. It needs to be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

In all cases, answers and invaluable guidance will be provided by a short, free consultation with a personal injury solicitor.

How much compensation can I claim?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Great Ayton

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of specialist road traffic accident lawyers are experienced in securing the best damages for people who have been injured in a road accident in Great Ayton.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Great Ayton are quite common with statistics showing a total of 271 accidents (237 slight accidents, 33 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Redcar and Cleveland local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 275.

Further information: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Great Ayton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from hotel workers to exhibition organisers, to claim compensation. Accident information for the Redcar and Cleveland local authority made available under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive:

Workplace accidents in Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified172617
Contact with machinery6125
Explosion related100
Exposed to fire110
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)243
Fall from height111018
Injured by an animal303
Lifting and handling injuries763639
Physical assault7163
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)675345
Struck against776
Hit by vehicle14161
Struck by object302733
Trapped underneath something120

Further information: Accident at work compensation claim

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Great Ayton

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you only want the hospital to explain what happened as opposed to injury compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Harrogate District Hospital, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, to raise a complaint against Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury

The effect of serious and catastrophic injury is understood by Courts when they are working out how much compensation to pay.

The Quittance team work to achieve the maximum compensation for serious injury and illness, which includes damages for medical expenses and care costs.

Quittance's network of expert law firms engage with the defendant's representatives, doctors and insurance providers ensuring families impacted by major accidents get the support they need. Injuries and medical conditions held to be serious and catastrophic include back injuries, serious pharmaceutical error and lung cancer.

Further information: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from bladder cancer to carbon monoxide poisoning claim.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Safety data emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent accident at work in Yorkshire and the UK in 2014/15. Slips and trips are typically the precursor to accidents attributed to other causes for instance being hit by a runaway vehicle, a lifting injury or an asphyxiation accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like broken ankles occurring on poorly maintained paths are also common with pavement trips having occurred on Westgate and on Guisborough Rd.

Great Ayton 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 Great Ayton and throughout the UK.

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

Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Great Ayton, from less severe claims to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are selected for their years of specialist 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

What is your track record of winning claims in Great Ayton?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of expert solicitors that helps injured people in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire and throughout the country, get compensation.

Last year, we have helped 100's of injured claimants across North Yorkshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including slips and trips at work and car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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.

Guidance for potential claimants looking for a solicitor

Identifying the best injury lawyer for your legal case is your most important step towards receiving the best compensation award.

What is the best way to ensure you select the best law firm to pursue compensation for you?

The contrast in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums between different lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is surprising.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person awarded ?30,424 for severe tinnitus can vary from ?18,254 to ?25,860.

See How much can you claim?

Look into Great Ayton personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by injury lawyers vary considerably.

Researching online reviews can help build a picture when contemplating which solicitor to instruct.

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Are Great Ayton claimants restricted to only local law firms?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

In general, 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 medical network.

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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