Making a personal injury compensation claim

If either your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, we can help.

You may be able to claim injury compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

How were you injured?

Although some solicitors handle all types of claim, a specialist personal injury solicitor will give you the best chance of making a successful compensation claim.

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Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

Yes. Practically speaking, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the specific details of the accident, the quantum of the claim or whether there is sufficient evidence to support your claim.

It costs nothing to find out if you are entitled to injury compensation. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker.

Do I have longer to claim if injured as a child?

If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'. Whether you were hurt on a playground, on a school trip, or in any other situation, you can begin an injury claim at any time until you are 21 years old.

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Child injury compensation claims

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now.

Road accident claims in Horbury

Accidents on Horbury's roads are quite common. Department of Transport data reveals there were 648 road accidents in Wakefield in 2021, including 467 slight accidents, 172 accidents and 9 fatal accidents. Accidents in the Horbury area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A642 and B6128 junction and on the dual carriageway of the M1 and A636 slip road.

If you've been injured by another road user's actions or negligence, we can help you get the support and financial compensation you need for your recovery.

Whether you have suffered an injury in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a crash, we're here to help. Our road accident claim guide explains what you need to know about starting a claim.

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Work injury claims in Horbury

Official HSE statistics show that there were 2 fatal and 449 non-fatal work accidents in Wakefield in 2021 (346 led to 7+ days off work).

You may be eligible to make a work accident claim if you've been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

All employers owe a duty of care to their employees. Whether you were injured or made ill when working as a security guard or a shop worker, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful work accident claim.

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Work accident compensation

How common are work accidents in Horbury?

Work accidents in Wakefield (HSE)Reported Injuries
Other11%
Electricity related0%
Machinery related injury4%
Explosion related0%
Exposed to fire0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)1%
Fall from height7%
Animal related1%
Lifting and handling injuries30%
Physical assault4%
Slip, trip or fall26%
Struck against5%
Struck by moving vehicle2%
Struck by object8%
Trapped by something collapsing0%

Medical negligence claims in Horbury

Medical negligence is the term for when a person is injured as the result of the lack of care of a doctor or other health worker. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against any of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Horbury, including Airedale NHS Foundation Trust (Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire).

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

Public place accident claims in Horbury

UK law states that owners (occupiers) of premises are liable for the safety and welfare of all visitors.

Whether you were injured when travelling on public transport or on a public footpath, and someone else was responsible, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident in public, we can help.

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Public place accident claims

Serious injury compensation

Life-changing injuries that have long term or debilitating effect on your life are referred to as 'serious' injuries. These injuries typically include serious burns, complex fractures and head trauma.

We know how important a successful serious injury claim will be. Compensation will help to reduce the financial burden, and your specialist catastrophic injury solicitor will also liaise with insurers and care professionals, so you can focus on your recovery.

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Claim serious injury compensation

Will I have to visit my solicitor's office in person?

When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.

You can begin with a free phone consultation with a legally-trained advisor. Your advisor will set out your options for compensation, and there is no obligation to proceed.

Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Horbury and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

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FAQs

Has Quittance helped many Horbury injury claimants?

We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Horbury, West Yorkshire, or anywhere in the UK.

Regardless of whether you were hurt due to clinical negligence or as a result of a negligent employer, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.

Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Horbury personal injury solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary.

Personal recommendations, word of mouth and online reviews will help you to choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

This table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator