A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Haxby or anywhere in the country, our expert personal injury lawyers will take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

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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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Key criteria

Claims should be made within 3 years of the injury in the majority of cases.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what matters in these situations.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Haxby or work-related illness, proving a claim has three key 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 lawyer will consider how each of the points will relate to your injury claim.

Compensation Calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our injury calculator gives a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in Haxby

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Haxby are not uncommon. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 521 accidents (463 slight accidents, 58 serious accidents and fatal accidents) in 2013 in York local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 583.

Our network of knowledgeable no win no fee personal injury solicitors have vast experience in obtaining the highest compensation for claimants who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Haxby.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Haxby

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted self employed or employed claimants, from kitchen workers to health service managers, to secure financial compensation awards. Work injury figures in the York local authority collated under reporting legislation by the Government excerpted below:

Work accidents in York Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock122
Machinery related injury8810
Exposed to explosion010
Fire related100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)1144
Fall from height (ladder)282318
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)152
Manual handling1085650
Physical assault381513
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)976865
Struck against1485
Struck by moving vehicle525
Hit by object302218
Trapped under falling object001

Find out more: Work accident compensation claim

Other claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Government statistics underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are still the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Yorkshire. These types of accident are typically the precursor to injuries filed under a different category such as being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, when supporting another person or a fire related accident. Public place (York local authority) legal claims for injuries like bruised legs suffered on raised kerb stones are also quite common with recent street falls having happened on North Moor Rd and on Fairfields Drive.

Clinical negligence in Haxby

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened rather than claiming compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. To raise a complaint against Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Harrogate District Hospital, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from NIHL to farmers lung.

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Haxby serious injury compensation

The lasting effect of serious and catastrophic injury is acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when calculating injury compensation. A claim will lessen the financial burden and reduce stress so a claimant enabling them to focus on rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of expert solicitors have helped families collect compensation for a wide range of severe conditions and injuries. Injuries categorised as serious and catastrophic range from degloving injuries to major surgical negligence.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Haxby No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Haxby and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet the team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Haxby, from short-term injury cases to long term illness. Selected because of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Haxby?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists people in Haxby, North Yorkshire and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

We have helped hundreds of people throughout North Yorkshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents at work to whiplash.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and stress-free as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Compensation for a injury claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be agreed. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not responsible for many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

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

Will I need to instruct a local legal firm ?

The location of the lawyers office is not very critical as injury cases now tend to be handled remotely.

However, you should choose a company that offers national medical centres as claimants will almost always need to go to a medical assessment.

See - Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for severe, disabling elbow injuries, for example, ranges from ?31,625 to ?44,330 (based on 2015 market data).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Haxby - What to consider

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the quality of service taken by individual firms.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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