A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Lancaster or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury solicitors are able to help with your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, we can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in most cases.

For most claims, proving an injury claim has three key elements. It must be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Compensation Calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides a good idea of your potential compensation award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Lancaster

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Lancaster are relatively frequent. Government statistics reveal a total of 4084 accidents (3442 slight accidents, 610 serious accidents and 32 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Lancashire local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 4,367. Incidents in Lancaster in 2013 included car crashes on the A589 and B5273 roundabout and on the A588 and A6 roundabout.

Our network of specialist no win no fee litigators have years of experience in securing the best awards for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorbike accident in Lancaster.

See: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Lancaster

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claimants, from lathe operators to legal executives, to claim injury compensation. Accident figures for the Lancaster local authority are listed under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in Lancaster Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury201
Machinery related11127
Explosion related001
Fire related210
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)322
Fall from height181314
Animal related (e.g. livestock)100
Lifting and carrying864545
Physical assault221113
Slip or trip734550
Struck against685
Hit by vehicle521
Struck by object251614

See: Accident at work compensation claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with securing compensation for industrial illness that include anything from NIHL to asthma caused by isocyanates.

See: Industrial disease compensation claim

Lancaster solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

Courts understand that serious injuries have a life-changing impact on a claimant and their family.

A successful claim should ease the financial burden on a claimant and their dependants so they can prioritise recovery.

Quittance's panel of expert solicitor firms for many years have aided people impacted by major accidents.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially recorded statistics show that employee slips and trips are by far the most common cause of injury at work in Lancashire. Slips, trips and falls are often the initiators of injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by a falling object, a fall from a ladder or a river drowning accident. Public place (Lancaster local authority) compensation claims for injuries such as broken wrists suffered on pavement ice are also quite prevalent with street falls having occurred on Noel Rd and on Cleveleys Avenue.

Medical negligence in Lancaster

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you only want closure instead of financial compensation. You can write to Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Lancaster 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 Lancaster and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Lancaster, from more minor injury cases to long term industrial disease. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their specialist expertise and their track record in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

What experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Lancaster?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of expert solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Lancaster, Lancashire and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Lancashire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents on the road and accidents in the office.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from many months for minor and moderate injury to over a year for complex cases. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is vital.

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Lancaster?

You do not need to pick a lawyer near you.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that needs a local service provider 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 medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. 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 loss of smell could vary between ?20,185 and ?26,620 (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?".

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in Lancaster

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

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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