Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If your life has been affected by illness or injury, Quittance Legal Services are here to help.

How we can help you

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Great Harwood, Lancashire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim?

You should be able to make a compensation claim if you suffered an injury:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or whether the defendant is uninsured.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Claim Checker:

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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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation calculator

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in Great Harwood

Great Harwood drivers and other road users are entitled to start a claim for compensation if they are hurt as the result of someone else's negligence.

No matter if you were hurt in a crash on Great Harwood's roads, or were injured in a cycling accident, the Quittance guide to road accident compensation sets out everything you need to know about the compensation process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Great Harwood

If you have suffered an injury as a result of your employer's actions, you have the right to make a claim.

Whatever you do for a living, whether you are a farmer injured on a farm or nurse injured in a hospital, our guide to work accident claims covers everything you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Medical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other medical professional's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for closure or answers as opposed to a compensation award. For example, to raise a complaint against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire.

See: Medical negligence compensation claims

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from dermatitis claims to chromium related illnesses.

See: Industrial disease compensation claims

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

We recognise the vital difference injury compensation makes to the lives of severely injured claimants. Quittance's network of expert lawyers fight for maximum compensation for severe injuries. This includes damages for private medical treatment and case costs. Quittance's panel of expert solicitor firms work with insurers, the legal system and medical experts ensuring people affected by serious accidents and injuries get medical and financial support. Injuries and medical conditions which are considered by the Courts to be serious include poisoning and serious psychiatric harm.

See: Serious injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Great Harwood No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Great Harwood injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Great Harwood, Lancashire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Experience matters

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

Have the solicitors handled many claims in Great Harwood?

Quittance is a national network of expert personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Great Harwood, Lancashire and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Lancashire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from injuries sustained from a fall at work to car accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on your recovery.

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Solicitor reviews in Great Harwood - What to consider

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

The difference in insurance premiums and success fees between solicitors can have a significant impact on your compensation.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by a claimant having been awarded £12,365 for chest injuries can vary from £7,419 to £10,510.

Additional reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Do you need to select a local Great Harwood lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is not important as cases are managed by phone and email.

However, you should choose a solicitors' firm that offers a national network as you will usually be expected to go to a medical assessment.

Further reading : Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

What are the road accident statistics in Great Harwood

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Great Harwood are reasonably common with statistics showing 32 fatal accidents, 610 serious accidents and 3442 slight accidents in 2013 in Lancashire (Total events were 4084 local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 4,367. Accidents in Great Harwood in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A6185 and A678 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A678 and A680 crossroads.

Quittance's panel of trained personal injury solicitors are experienced in achieving the best settlements for people hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Great Harwood.

Work accident statistics in Great Harwood

The most recent 2019 work injury statistics in the Ribble Valley Local Authority (2013/14) are published under legislation by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Ribble Valley Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Not Known16
Machinery related injury2
Exposed to fire0
Harmful substance related0
Fall from height7
Injured by an animal0
Lifting21
Physical assault26
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)18
Struck against2
Struck by moving vehicle0
Struck by object9

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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