A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Huddersfield or anywhere in the UK, our expert personal injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a 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 three years and another party owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Eligibility to claim

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that the Defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

The lawyer will discuss these key issues and should look at how they apply in your case.

Calculate your compensation

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could win.

Work accident claims in Huddersfield

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for injured Claimants, from farm workers to illustrators, to get the compensation they deserve. Injury and illness figures in the Kirklees local authority are detailed under reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

HSE reported work accidents in Kirklees Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
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

Find out more: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Huddersfield

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Huddersfield are relatively frequent with statistics showing a total of 1215 accidents (1075 slight accidents, 127 serious accidents and 13 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kirklees council area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 1,109. Accidents in Huddersfield in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A629 and B6432 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A62 and A641 crossroads.

Quittance's panel of qualified injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in securing the highest compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Huddersfield.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Other claims we handle

Slips, trips and falls

Official figures stress the fact that slips and trips are by some margin the most prevalent cause of injury in the West Yorkshire workplace. They are sometimes connected to injuries attributed to other reasons like being hit by moving machinery or an electrocution accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like broken wrists happening on pavement ice are also common with falls having happened on Northumberland Street and on Broad Lane.

Huddersfield experts for serious injury compensation claims

The long-term effect serious and catastrophic injury can have is understood by the Courts when calculating a claim. By relieving the financial stress severe injury places on a Claimant and their family, a successful claim allows people to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Our panel of solicitors have aided Claimants receive compensation for a range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries and medical conditions categorised as serious and catastrophic include lead poisoning, brain injuries and birth negligence.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Lawyers can assist with securing compensation for industrial injuries including anything from NIHL to cancer caused by diesel exhaust fumes.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Huddersfield

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when someone is injured due to a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are just looking for the hospital to explain what happened as opposed to claiming compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to raise a complaint against Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Royal Infirmary, Calderdale Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Huddersfield 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 Huddersfield and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Huddersfield, from more minor injury cases to long term illness. Chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

How much experience do you have of winning claims in Huddersfield?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists people in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of claimants across West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents in the office and motorbike accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Identifying the most suitable PI lawyer to assist you is a key step towards getting the most compensation for your illness or injuries.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Huddersfield, how do you make sure you select the best law firm to advise you?

Do you need a local solicitor ?

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

You will need to instruct a law firm that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will almost always need to go to a medical exam.

See : Do you have a local medical centre?

Huddersfield personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ.

Researching reviews is a great place to start if you are weighing up which lawyer to instruct.

See - Reviews

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for spinal cord damage could vary between ?73,700 and ?130,130 (based on 2015 market research).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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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