A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Horbury or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury lawyers will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury 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 expert 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what matters in these cases.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Horbury or work-related illness, there are three components to a successful personal injury claim. It needs to be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

The solicitor can take you through each of these issues and should look at how they apply in your case.

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The total compensation you are likely to get is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Horbury

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from forklift drivers to health service managers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident information in the Wakefield local authority are listed under RIDDOR by the Government:

Work accidents in Wakefield Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related432
Machinery related injury333024
Explosion related200
Exposed to fire102
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)1645
Fall from height514442
Animal related444
Lifting and handling injuries253169182
Physical assault393726
Slip, trip or fall220170157
Struck against561528
Struck by moving vehicle241812
Struck by object1076647
Trapped by something collapsing140

Read more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Horbury

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Horbury are relatively common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 917 accidents (767 slight accidents, 140 serious accidents and 10 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wakefield council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 922. 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.

Our panel of specialist injury lawyers have decades of experience in obtaining optimum compensation for claimants injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Horbury.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other types of claim

Clinical and medical negligence 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 medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you just want a detailed explanation of what happened as opposed to injury compensation. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Horbury specialists for serious injury compensation

The long-term effect of a serious injury will be recognised by insurers and the Courts when calculating how much compensation to pay.

The Quittance team fight to achieve maximum compensation for severe injuries, which includes reimbursement for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Our panel of expert solicitor firms communicate with insurance providers and doctors and health professionals, helping to ensure families affected by severe accidents get the support they need. Injuries considered to be serious and catastrophic include major surgical negligence, mesothelioma and brain injuries.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive data reveal that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in West Yorkshire. Slips and trips are often the cause of injuries recorded in a different category such as being hit by moving machinery, when supporting another person or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like fractured wrists happening on obstructed pathways are also common with pavement trips having occurred recently.

Industrial disease

Litigators can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness ranging from dermatitis claims to farmers lung.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Horbury 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 Horbury and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Horbury and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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 Horbury?

We are a national panel of specialist solicitors that assists injured people in Horbury, West Yorkshire and across the country, recover injury compensation.

Last year, we assisted 100's of injured claimants in West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to accidents in the office.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team, make the claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.


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.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your injury

Selecting the most appropriate solicitors' practice for your legal case is a key step towards obtaining the best settlement or award.

What is the best way to make sure you select the ideal firm to help you?

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 knee injuries, for example, ranges from ?56,375 to ?77,770 (based on 2015 market data).

Read Horbury solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by solicitors can differ considerably.

Researching reviews is a great place to start when deciding which solicitor to choose.

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Do you need a local legal firm ?

Choosing a nearby firm is not relevant as injury cases are normally conducted remotely.

However, you should instruct a solicitors' firm with a national network as you will almost always need to go to a medical assessment.

Read about : Do you have a medical centre in or near Horbury?

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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