A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Lancashire or anywhere else in England or Wales, our personal injury lawyers can help with your claim and we will set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 18, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

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Claims for compensation should usually be made within three years of an injury.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as RSI are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

In most cases, a successful compensation claim will involve three issues. It must 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 an injury lawyer can provide answers to your questions and useful guidance.

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What is my claim worth?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Work accident claims in Lancashire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants, from warehouse assistants to it technical support officers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work injury data for the Ribble Valley local authority are published in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the HSE:

Work accidents in Ribble Valley Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known101616
Machinery related injury232
Exposed to fire010
Harmful substance related750
Fall from height697
Injured by an animal020
Lifting271921
Physical assault222526
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)301718
Struck against212
Struck by moving vehicle200
Struck by object1179

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Road traffic accident claims in Lancashire

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of expert injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in getting maximum general and special damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Lancashire.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Lancashire are relatively common. Official statistics reveal 32 fatal accidents, 610 serious accidents and 3442 slight accidents in 2013 in Lancashire (Total events were 4084 local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 4,367.

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Other injury claims

Serious injury lawyers serving Lancashire

Quittance recognise the vital change injury compensation can make to the lives of people affected by major injury. Compensation will lessen the financial load on an injured person and their dependants so they can focus on rehabilitation.

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Medical negligence in Lancashire

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong rather than financial damages. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help Claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that include anything from asbestosis to chromium related illnesses.

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Slips and trips

Official data indicate that slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the North West England workplace in 2015. These types of accident are typically connected to accidents categorised as another type of accident e.g. being struck by a falling object, being trapped by something collapsing or a drowning accident. Public place claims for injuries such as broken collarbones sustained on pavement cracks are also quite common with slips and trips having occurred on Dunsop Bridge.

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

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

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Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Lancashire and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of dedicated 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
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What is your track record of claims in Lancashire?

We are a national panel of expert personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Lancashire and across the country, obtain compensation.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of people across Lancashire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including workplace accidents and whiplash.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, make the claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

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FAQs

Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

How to choose the best personal injury solicitor for your claim

Selecting the best PI lawyer for your legal case is an important step towards achieving the best settlement or award for your accident.

With some over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Lancashire (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority) - how can you make sure you select the ideal legal practice to act for you?

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 mild tinnitus with some hearing loss could vary between ?10,175 and ?12,100 (based on 2015 market research).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Will you need to choose a local Lancashire lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitor is not very critical as cases can be managed by phone, post and email.

However, you should instruct a solicitors practice that provides medical facilities near you as you will need to attend a medical exam.

Read about - Do you have a local medical centre?

Comparing Lancashire personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

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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