A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you live in Holmes Chapel or anywhere else in England or Wales, our personal injury lawyers can take on your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

People with certain illnesses or conditions such as hand-arm vibration syndrome 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 starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be shown 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.

In all cases, a brief, no-obligation consultation with an expert solicitor will provide information and invaluable guidance.

Calculate my compensation

The personal injury compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in Holmes Chapel

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Holmes Chapel are relatively common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1021 accidents (885 slight accidents, 128 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cheshire West and Chester local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,136.

Quittance's network of expert road traffic accident lawyers have a wealth of experience in getting the best compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Holmes Chapel.

Read more: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Holmes Chapel

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for injured claimants, from farm workers to homeless workers, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident at work statistics for the Cheshire West and Chester local authority are published in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified716349
Machinery related injury241512
Explosion related001
Fire related (e.g. burns)402
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1643
Fall from height464643
Animal related848
Manual handling1499896
Physical assault202410
Slip, trip, fall same level164142115
Struck against211513
Struck by moving vehicle211920
Struck by object594834
Trapped underneath something121

Read more: Accident at work compensation claim

Other claims

Slips, trips and falls

HSE figures expose the fact that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Cheshire. Slips and trips are sometimes lead to injuries attributed to other causes like being hit by a moving object or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like bruised backs occurring on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with recent falls having occurred on London Rd and on Lewin St.

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from NIHL to asthma caused by flour.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation claims

Holmes Chapel serious injury claims

The Quittance team understand the critical difference a successful claim will make to the lives of severely injured claimants. By relieving the stress serious injury imposes on a claimant, a compensation claim helps them to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation.

Read more: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical negligence in Holmes Chapel

Clinical negligence is the term for when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want the hospital to explain what happened rather than financial compensation. You can contact Trust Headquarters Redesmere, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: Medical negligence compensation claim

Holmes Chapel 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 Holmes Chapel and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Our national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Holmes Chapel and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their specialist knowledge and their track record in winning cases.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

What experience do you have of injury claims in Holmes Chapel?

Quittance is a nationwide network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that helps injured people in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people throughout Cheshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including workplace accidents and road accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, mean making a claim 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.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Compensation for a claim for compensation can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be agreed. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is vital.

Will you need to choose a local Holmes Chapel injury lawyer ?

The location of a firm is not especially critical as injury cases are handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors practice that offers national medical coverage as claimants will usually have to go to a medical examination.

More details - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

The disparity in the level of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between solicitors is surprising.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person having been awarded ?31,085 for loss of hearing in one ear might vary from ?18,651 to ?26,422.

Additional reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Solicitor reviews in Holmes Chapel - What to look for

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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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