A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Ilkley or anywhere in the country, our expert injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, we 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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Key criteria

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what matters in these situations.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Ilkley or work-related illness, there are three main elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

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The personal injury compensation you will receive is based on a number of factors. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Work accident claims in Ilkley

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from plasterers to health and safety inspectors, to secure financial compensation awards. Work accident information in the Harrogate local authority made available in accordance with RIDDOR by the Government and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Harrogate Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury012
Machinery related injury878
Fire related001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)710
Fall from height281715
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)335
Lifting and handling injuries583750
Slip, trip, fall same level686758
Struck against1266
Struck by moving vehicle162
Struck by object261212
Trapped underneath something300

For more information: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Ilkley

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of accredited road traffic accident litigators have vast experience in fighting for optimum general and special damages for people hurt in a road accident in Ilkley.

For more information: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims we handle

Serious injury experts handling claims in Ilkley

The impact of serious and catastrophic injury will be understood by insurers and the Courts when they are working out what a claim is worth. The Quittance team work to achieve compensation for serious injuries, including compensation for physiotherapy and treatment. Quittance's panel of solicitors have for many years helped people impacted by severe accidents.

For more information: Serious injury compensation

Slips and trips

Recorded statistics emphasise the fact that employee slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent accident in the West Yorkshire workplace in 2015. They are typically forerunner to injuries classified under another heading such as being hit by machinery or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Harrogate local authority) legal claims for injuries such as fractured ankles happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with kerb stone trips having happened on Burley-in-Wharfedale and on Ben Rhydding.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from occupational asthma to carbon monoxide poisoning claim.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Medical and clinical negligence in Ilkley

When someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you only want a detailed explanation of what happened rather than financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, to make a formal complaint against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation

Ilkley No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Ilkley and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Ilkley, from fast track whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their knowledge and expertise.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of injury claims in Ilkley?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of award winning solicitors that helps people injured in Ilkley, West Yorkshire and across the country, obtain compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people in West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from scaffolding accidents to motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, mean that making an injury 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. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

What factors to consider when finding the right personal injury lawyer

Identifying the most appropriate legal representation to represent you is a critical step towards getting the best compensation award for your injuries.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Ilkley - what is the best way to make sure you choose the most appropriate law firm to handle your case?

The variation in personal injury success fees and ATE premiums between lawyers working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is quite significant

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?18,225 for work-related upper limb disorders could vary from ?10,935 to ?15,491.

Read more at - Compare solicitors quotes

Reviews for lawyers in Ilkley

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Are Ilkley claimants restricted to only local law firms?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that should be carried out locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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