A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Heckmondwike or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with an injury 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

Claims for personal injury compensation must usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

To win a Heckmondwike personal injury case, your lawyer must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

The lawyer will discuss each of these key points and should explain how they apply to your claim.

Find out how much you can claim

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Heckmondwike

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Heckmondwike are relatively common with statistics showing 13 fatal accidents, 127 serious accidents and 1075 slight accidents in 2013 in Kirklees (Total events were 1215 local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 1,109. Accidents in the Heckmondwike area in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A638 and A62 crossroads and on the dual carriageway of the A652 and A62 crossroads.

Our network of specialist injury solicitors have years of experience in obtaining optimum awards for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Heckmondwike.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Heckmondwike

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from building site contractors to health and safety inspectors, to seek financial compensation. Accident at work statistics for the Kirklees local authority are listed under legislation by the HSE excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Kirklees Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known865751
Electric shock injury130
Machinery related injury422530
Explosion related (e.g. gas)010
Exposed to fire411
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)1365
Fall from height (scaffolding)523032
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)1224
Lifting and handling injuries20098118
Physical assault331326
Slip, trip, fall same level176156100
Struck against222017
Struck by moving vehicle14911
Hit by falling object865148
Trapped by something collapsing154

For more information: Accident at work compensation claim

Other claims

Slips and trips

Official data demonstrate that employee slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the West Yorkshire workplace in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the cause of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by machinery, a crush injury from something overturning or an electrocution accident. Public place (Kirklees local authority) litigation for injuries like torn ligaments occurring on tripping on a street are also common with recent pavement trips having happened on Spen Lane and on Market St.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illness including anything from NIHL to asthma caused by laboratory animals.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation claims

Serious injury lawyers handling claims in Heckmondwike

We recognise the change compensation makes to the lives of severely injured claimants.

Damages will lessen the financial load and reduce the pressure on an injured person so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of specialist solicitor firms have helped families collect damages for numerous severe conditions and injuries. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious and catastrophic range from deep vein thrombosis to brain injuries.

For more information: Serious injury compensation claims

Medical negligence in Heckmondwike

When a person sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

You could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for closure or answers instead of starting an injury claim. To raise a complaint against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation claim

Heckmondwike 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 Heckmondwike and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Our national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Heckmondwike and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their specialist expertise and their success rate in winning claims.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of injury claims in Heckmondwike?

We are a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that helps people in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire and across the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we assisted hundreds of people throughout West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


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. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

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

Identifying the most suitable injury solicitor for your legal case is the most important step towards successfully claiming the most compensation for your injuries.

How can you ensure you instruct the best law firm to represent you?

Read Heckmondwike personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by solicitors can vary a great deal.

Reading reviews can certainly be informative if you are considering which solicitor to sign up with.

Find out more Personal injury solicitors reviews

Will you need a local lawyer ?

The location of a firm is not very critical as injury cases can be run by phone and email.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors practice that has medical facilities near Heckmondwike as you will usually be expected to go to a medical examination.

More details : Will I have to attend a medical?

The variation in the amount of fees between different law firms working on No Win No Fee agreements is a material consideration for claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?18,059 for moderate hearing loss can range from ?10,835 to ?15,350.

Further reading Compare solicitors

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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