A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Halifax or anywhere in the country, our expert lawyers can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims should, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like RSI are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such circumstances.

In most cases, a successful compensation claim involves three components. It must be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

The solicitor will explain how these issues will relate to your injury claim.

Injury claims calculator

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator provides an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Halifax

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors have decades of experience in getting the highest damages for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Halifax.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Halifax are reasonably common. Official statistics reveal a total of 566 accidents (476 slight accidents, 86 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Calderdale council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 623. Accidents in the Halifax region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A6036 and A58 junction and on the dual carriageway of the A58 and A646 junction.

Further information: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Halifax

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to engineering geologists, to claim maximum compensation. Work injury statistics in the Calderdale local authority are listed under legislation by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in Calderdale Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury110
Machinery related injury251116
Explosion related010
Fire related (e.g. scars)111
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)221
Fall from height (scaffolding)332519
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)304
Lifting and carrying905258
Slip, trip or fall736665
Struck against5810
Struck by moving vehicle365
Struck by object262827
Crushed by something collapsing211

Further information: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other claims

Slip and trip accidents

Officially recorded data expose the fact that employee slips and trips are by some margin the most common cause of injury at work in West Yorkshire in 2015. Slips and trips are typically forerunner to accidents categorised as another type of accident like being hit by hand tools in use or a fire related accident. Public place negligence claims injuries such as broken wrists suffered on raised kerb stones are also quite common with trips having happened on King Cross Rd and on Gibbet St.

Clinical and medical negligence in Halifax

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are only looking for the hospital to explain what happened as opposed to starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can contact Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, for example, to make a complaint against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that range from industrial deafness to asthma caused by isocyanates.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Halifax lawyers for serious injury compensation claims

We understand the critical difference compensation will make to the lives of people who have been impacted by major injury. By reducing the stress severe injury imposes on a claimant and their family, an injury claim helps individuals to focus on recovery.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Halifax 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 Halifax and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Halifax and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their level of experience and their winning track record.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

Has Quittance handled many Halifax claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of expert solicitors dedicated to helping people in Halifax, West Yorkshire and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of claimants across West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to scaffolding accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process 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.

Advice for those seeking a lawyer

In most cases a injury claim can take months to agree a settlement and in the most serious claims, some claims can take over a year. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to trust throughout the claims process to provide both practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

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

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam 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.

Comparing injury solicitors in Halifax - online reviews

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

The diversity in the level of personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different law firms is significant.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a claimant who was awarded ?48,417 for a very severe ankle injury might vary from ?29,050 to ?41,154.

See - Get a personal injury quote

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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