A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Horwich or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced personal injury solicitors can manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 15, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, our expert solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

A claim must usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three main elements to a successful personal injury claim. It needs to be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

A short, no-obligation phone consultation with a specialist solicitor can give information and useful advice.

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Find out how much you can claim

The injury compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives you a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Horwich

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Horwich are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 588 accidents (509 slight accidents, 72 serious accidents and 7 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bolton local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 632. Accidents in the Horwich region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A6 and B5238 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A6 and A6027 roundabout.

Quittance's network of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) litigators have decades of experience in getting the best awards for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Horwich.

Read more about No win, no fee road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Horwich

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from hotel workers to hydrologists, to get the compensation they deserve. Work accident figures in the Bolton local authority collated under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE in the table below:

HSE reported work accidents in Bolton Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Other412542
Electrical injury200
Machinery related211416
Explosives related101
Fire related (e.g. scars)121
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)622
Fall from height (ladder)321125
Animal related (e.g. livestock)111
Lifting13910979
Physical assault211621
Slip or trip14210596
Struck against171010
Struck by moving vehicle933
Struck by object624436
Trapped underneath something110

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Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Saftey Executive statistics underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent accident at work in Greater Manchester and the UK as a whole. Slips and trips are typically related to accidents categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine, when helping another person or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability claims for injuries such as broken collarbones suffered on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with pothole trips having happened on Winter Hey Lane and on New St.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with securing compensation for industrial illnesses that range from mesothelioma to chronic silicosis.

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Serious injury solicitors handling cases in Horwich

Quittance's team recognise the difference compensation can make to seriously injured Claimants. Damages will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on an injured Claimant and their dependants so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of specialist law firms have aided people recover compensation for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness categorised as serious and catastrophic include radiation exposure and multiple fractures.

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Clinical and medical negligence in Horwich

When a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for a detailed explanation of what happened rather than starting an injury claim. For example, to make a complaint against Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Cobbett House, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester.

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Horwich No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Horwich and across the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Horwich, from more minor injury cases to serious road injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their track record 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
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How much experience does Quittance have of handling claims in Horwich?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of results-focussed solicitors that helps claimants in Horwich, Greater Manchester and across the country, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of people in Greater Manchester seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car passenger accidents to slips and trips at work.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

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

In most cases a compensation claim can take months to agree a settlement and in the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

Will I need to select a local solicitor ?

The location of the solicitor is not so important as cases are usually run by phone, post and email.

You will need to instruct a law firm that offers medical facilities near you as Claimants will be expected to go to a medical exam.

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Look into Horwich personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by injury lawyers vary enormously.

Researching reviews can certainly be instructive when attempting to decide which lawyer to work with.

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The contrast in personal injury insurance premiums and success fees between solicitors is enormous.

To illustrate the point, the amount retained by a Claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?91,815 for severe arm injuries could vary from ?55,089 to ?78,043.

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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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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