A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Hartlepool or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, Quittance can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like repetitive strain injuries are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

To win a Hartlepool personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

A free phone consultation with a Hartlepool-specialist lawyer will provide answers to your questions and useful guidance.

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Calculate your compensation

The total compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use claim calculator gives an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Hartlepool

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Hartlepool are relatively common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 189 accidents (170 slight accidents, 19 serious accidents and fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hartlepool council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 209. Accidents in the Hartlepool area in 2013 included crashes on the dual carriageway of the A689 and A178 crossroads and on the A179 and B1277 roundabout.

Our panel of accredited injury solicitors have decades of experience in negotiating the highest general and special damages for people hurt in a road accident in Hartlepool.

See: No win, no fee road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Hartlepool

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from dental nurses to holiday representatives, to claim maximum compensation. Work injury data in the Hartlepool local authority reported under RIDDOR by the Government excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Hartlepool Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported141914
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)111
Machinery related injury1047
Exposed to fire100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. lead poisoning)220
Fall from height91115
Animal related (e.g. livestock)210
Lifting and handling injuries462236
Physical assault1172
Slip, trip, fall same level552820
Struck against442
Struck by moving vehicle110
Struck by object15714

See: Work accident claim

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Other claims we handle

Hartlepool lawyers for serious injury compensation claims

The long-term impact serious injury has will be understood by solicitors and insurers when determining what a claim is worth.

Our network of solicitors fight to achieve compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions, which includes reimbursement for medical expenses and care costs.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip and trip injuries

Officially reported figures underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent accident in the County Durham workplace in 2015. They are frequently lead to injuries classified under another heading e.g. being hit by material under pressure or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public liability cases for injuries such as broken wrists suffered on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having occurred on the Green and on Raby Rd.

Clinical negligence in Hartlepool

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of the lack of care of a GP or other health worker. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages. You can contact Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from asbestos related illness to asthma caused by grain.

See: Industrial disease claims

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

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet the team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Hartlepool, from fast track whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, our solicitors have years of 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
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How much experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Hartlepool?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of specialist solicitors that assists people injured in Hartlepool, County Durham and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we assisted hundreds of claimants throughout County Durham get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from motorbike accidents to factory accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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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.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Choosing a suitable legal representation to act for you is a key step towards obtaining the best compensation settlement for your illness or injuries.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Hartlepool, what is the best way to make sure you select the most appropriate company to pursue compensation for you?

The difference in the amount of fees between solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements is considerable.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person awarded ?56,366 for very serious leg injuries leaving permanent problems could conceivably vary from ?33,819 to ?47,911.

Further reading Compare solicitors

Hartlepool solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by solicitors can vary.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be helpful when contemplating which lawyer to sign up with.

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Do I need to instruct a local lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitor is not so relevant as injury cases now tend to be run without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should go with a company that offers national medical coverage as you will usually be expected to attend a medical exam.

More - Will I have to attend a medical?

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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