A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Manchester or anywhere else in England or Wales, we can will manage your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Personal injury claims must be made within a three-year window in most cases.

Whether claiming for a work-related illness in Manchester or road accident, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities 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

The solicitor should explain how your injury claim will relate to these issues.

Injury claims calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get will depend on a variety of factors. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

Road traffic accident claims in Manchester

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Manchester are relatively commonplace. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1388 accidents (1230 slight accidents, 154 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Manchester local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,399. Accidents in Manchester in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the B6469 and A34 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A34 and A56 crossroads.

Quittance's network of expert no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in securing the best compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Manchester.

See: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Manchester

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped Claimants, from hotel workers to materials engineers, to claim work accident compensation. Accident statistics for the Manchester local authority reported in accordance with reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive:

Workplace accidents in Manchester Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported140117117
Electrical injury756
Machinery related injury431520
Explosion related001
Exposed to fire314
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)3188
Fall from height846571
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)845
Lifting and handling injuries438218217
Assault1017176
Slip, trip, fall same level418278244
Struck against421917
Hit by vehicle252215
Struck by object1288277
Crushed by something collapsing256

See: Accident at work compensation claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness including anything from radiation exposure to hydrocarbon poisoning.

See: Industrial disease compensation claim

Manchester experts for serious injury compensation claims

The Courts understand that serious injuries can have a significant impact on an individual and their dependants. Damages should ease the financial burden and reduce the pressure on an injured Claimant and their family so they can prioritise rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of expert solicitors have aided Claimants receive damages for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious include chronic pain, cerebral palsy and head injuries.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

HSE statistics reveal that slips and trips continue to be the most prevalent cause of injury in the Greater Manchester workplace. They are often the cause of accidents categorised as another type of accident like being hit by moving machinery or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability cases for injuries like broken toes sustained on spillages are also quite common with recent pavement trips having occurred on Kingswood Road and on Bury New Rd.

Medical and clinical negligence in Manchester

Medical negligence is the term used when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you are just looking for closure or answers as opposed to claiming compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can contact Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, Greater Manchester, for example, to make a complaint against Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Manchester No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Manchester and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Manchester, from short-term injury cases to long term industrial disease. Selected for their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

To meet more of our 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 Manchester?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists people in Manchester, Greater Manchester and across the country, obtain compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Greater Manchester seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from slips and trips at work to car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Usually a claim can take several months to complete. For severe injuries, some claims can take over a year. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the quality of service does vary.

Your lawyer should be someone you are able to rely on at every step of the process to give legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

The contrast in success fees and insurance premiums between lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements often surprises Claimants.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?32,585 for moderate complex regional pain syndrome can vary from ?19,551 to ?27,697.

Additional reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Manchester personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by solicitors, as with any service, can vary.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews is a great place to start if you are contemplating which solicitor to select.

Read more Personal injury solicitors reviews

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

Many injury lawyers operate nationwide, allowing Claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam 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.

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.

Read more
Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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