A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you live in Leeds or anywhere in the UK, our expert solicitors are able to assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Injury claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

For most claims, proving a claim has three key elements. It must be proven 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.

How much can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our online claim calculator gives an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Leeds

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Leeds are relatively frequent. Government statistics reveal a total of 2433 accidents (2139 slight accidents, 279 serious accidents and 15 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Leeds council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,532. Accidents in the Leeds region in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A58 and A61 junction and on the single carriageway of the A61 and A653 junction.

Our group of expert lawyers are experienced in achieving the best awards for people who have been injured in a road accident in Leeds.

For more information: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Leeds

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from soldiers to insurance claims inspectors, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident at work figures in the Leeds local authority reported under RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Leeds Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury535
Machinery related513331
Explosion related (e.g. gas)120
Fire related (e.g. scars)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)251613
Fall from height (ladder)1206479
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)18912
Lifting and handling injuries391235263
Physical attack965064
Slip, trip, fall same level432315287
Struck against663834
Struck by moving vehicle212015
Struck by object16312188
Trapped by something collapsing449

For more information: Work accident claims

Other injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Leeds

Medical negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are only looking for closure rather than starting an injury claim, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to 2150 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness ranging from industrial deafness to emphysema.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Leeds specialists for serious injury compensation

Quittance understand the change an injury claim will make to people who have been impacted by major injury. Damages will ease the financial load and reduce stress so an injured person and their dependants so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

For more information: Serious injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Recorded statistics reveal that slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of injury in the West Yorkshire workplace. Slips and trips are typically forerunner to accidents attributed to other reasons like being hit by material under pressure or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place litigation for injuries like broken wrists suffered on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with falls having happened on New York Street and on Lodge Lane.

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

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Leeds and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected because of their winning track record, our lawyers have years of experience handling injury claims.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Leeds?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that helps people in Leeds, West Yorkshire and throughout the country, obtain compensation.

Last year, we assisted 100's of claimants throughout West Yorkshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the office and cycling accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, mean that making an injury claim is as stress-free as possible.


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.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your accident

Usually a personal injury claim will take some months to reach a conclusion. In serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

The difference in the amount of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by solicitors working on No Win No Fee agreements often surprises prospective claimants.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a claimant being awarded compensation of ?56,371 for very serious leg injuries leaving permanent problems can vary from ?33,822 to ?47,915.

See How to compare personal injury fees

What should you look for when checking reviews for solicitors in Leeds?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

Do you need to select a local legal firm ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is not so important as injury cases are typically handled remotely.

However, you should choose a solicitors practice that has national medical centres as claimants will almost always be expected to go to a medical examination.

Read about : Do you have a local medical centre?

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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