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?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or ilness, 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.

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.

Making an injury claim

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

Extensive legislation exists to support people planning to make a claim, and Quittance's panel of lawyers have years of experience giving advice to their clients regarding the likelihood of success.

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.

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?

Which kinds of claims does Quittance handle in Keighley?

Quittance's network of solicitors have assisted clients get compensation for a broad range of injuries.

Industrial disease

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

Accidents in the workplace

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
Machinery related injury472748
Exposed to fire201
Harmful substance related14410
Fall from height (scaffolding)683853
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)1035
Slip, trip or fall227184185
Struck against321525
Struck by moving vehicle151217
Struck by object856057
Trapped by something collapsing115

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, once referred to as medical negligence, is where there has been a breach of the duty of care by a healthcare professional. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers acting for West Yorkshire and Keighley have helped Claimants with claims brought against infirmaries and hospitals including Priory Hospital Keighley, 2 Burley Court, Steeton, Keighley, BD20 6TU.

Road traffic compensation claims

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.

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.

How No Win, No Fee lawyers handle Keighley claims for compensation

Lawyers looking after injury claims in Keighley usually conduct the legal work on a Conditional Fee Agreement, or CFA, known as a No Win, No Fee agreement.

This contract prevents the lawyer from billing you for any fees if they lose the case.

Will there be hidden fees?

Some solicitors may charge additional fees if they lose your case. Through a Quittance injury lawyer, 100% No Win, No Fee protection is guaranteed, with nothing extra in the small print. Read more about Quittance's No Win, No Fee here

Next steps

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Get further information

Before you choose to instruct a solicitor you should arm yourself with as much information as you need. The right answers help you make the right choice.

Get answers to popular questions asked by people looking for claims advice on our FAQ page.

Ready to begin your claim for compensation?

Call an expert lawyer on 0800 612 7456 to commence the claim, or start a personal injury claim online here.

Quittance's team of experts help injured Claimants every day. If you have any questions, you can phone us on 0800 612 7456 or request a free callback today.