A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Keighley or anywhere else in the UK, our expert personal injury lawyers can manage your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 13, 2016

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Eligibility to claim

Claims for personal injury compensation must usually be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

In order to win a Keighley personal injury case, it must be shown that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the Defendant
  • That duty was breached by the Defendant
  • The Defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

In all cases, a brief, no-obligation consultation with a specialist solicitor can give answers to your questions and useful guidance.

What is my claim worth?

The total compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of points. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

Road traffic accident claims in Keighley

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Keighley are quite common with a total of 1672 accidents (1482 slight accidents, 177 serious accidents and 13 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bradford local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,752. Accidents in the Keighley region in 2013 included crashes on the A650 and A629 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A629 and A6035 crossroads.

Our network of skilled road traffic accident personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in achieving optimum awards for Claimants injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Keighley.

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

Work accident claims in Keighley

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for Claimants, from electricians to investment fund managers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work accident statistics for the Keighley local authority made available under regulations by the Government in the table below:

Work accidents in Bradford Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known878886
Electrocution212
Machinery related injury472748
Exposed to fire201
Harmful substance related14410
Fall from height (scaffolding)683853
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)1035
Lifting262166169
Assault553355
Slip, trip or fall227184185
Struck against321525
Struck by moving vehicle151217
Struck by object856057
Trapped by something collapsing115

For more information: Accident at work compensation claims

Other claims we handle

Industrial disease

Litigators can help Claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from NIHL to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Keighley serious injury claims

Courts recognise that serious injuries have a significant effect on an injured person and their dependants.

By relieving the financial pressure severe injury puts on a Claimant and their dependants, a compensation claim allows Claimants to concentrate on recovery.

Quittance's network of lawyers have helped Claimants recover damages for numerous catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as serious and catastrophic range from back injuries to cancer.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Government figures stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of injury in the West Yorkshire workplace. They are quite often the cause of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes like being hit by material under pressure or a toxic substance accident. Public place cases for injuries such as sprained wrists sustained on raised flagstones are also common with street trips having happened on Towngate and on Oakworth Rd.

Clinical negligence in Keighley

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient is injured due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. 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 trust or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a detailed explanation of what happened rather than claiming compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, to raise a complaint against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Keighley 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 Keighley and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' national panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Keighley and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen for their winning track record, our lawyers have years of experience.

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

Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Keighley?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people in Keighley, West Yorkshire and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we assisted hundreds of people across West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on building sites and bike accidents.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.

FAQs

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.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

It can take several months for most minor injury claims to be settled. Claims involving serious injury or disputed liability can take years in some circumstances. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not responsible for many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is vital.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For a fractured forearm, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?5,390 to ?15,510 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

What should you consider when checking Keighley solicitor reviews?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach taken by individual firms.

Will you need to go with a local injury lawyer ?

The location of a law firm is less important as injury cases are typically run by phone and email.

However, you should go with a firm that has medical facilities near Keighley as Claimants will almost always have to go to a medical assessment.

Further reading - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

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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