A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Middlesbrough or anywhere in the country, Quittance can assist with your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a injury claim?

Updated: September 10, 2016

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, Quittance can assist you with a claim.

Key criteria

Compensation claims should usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • The Defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The Defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Legal and practical advice can be offered through a no-obligation phone consultation with an Middlesbrough injury lawyer.

How much compensation can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

Work accident claims in Middlesbrough

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted Claimants, from members of the army to market research executives, to claim compensation. Accident at work statistics in the Middlesbrough local authority made available in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in Middlesbrough Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Undefined362839
Electric shock020
Machinery related injury504
Explosion related100
Exposed to fire001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)6012
Fall from height (ladder)16810
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)121
Lifting and handling injuries722632
Physical assault271522
Slip, trip, fall same level605551
Struck against662
Hit by vehicle413
Hit by object241712
Trapped by something collapsing211

For more information: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Middlesbrough

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of professional no win, no fee lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving maximum damages for people who have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Middlesbrough.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Middlesbrough are common. Gov.uk statistics show 5 fatal accidents, 35 serious accidents and 308 slight accidents in 2013 in Middlesbrough (Total events were 348 local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 377. Incidents in the Middlesbrough region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A66 and A19 slip road and on the single carriageway of the A1032 and B6541 roundabout.

For more information: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims

Medical negligence in Middlesbrough

When a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you only want closure as opposed to a compensation award, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, Cleveland.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from chemical poisoning to irritant contact dermatitis.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Slip and trip injuries

HSE figures reveal that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury in the Yorkshire workplace in 2014/15. They are sometimes the precursor to accidents attributed to other causes like being struck by machinery, a lifting injury or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like sprained ankles sustained on obstructed footpaths are also quite prevalent with falls having happened on the Market Place and on Marshall Avenue.

Middlesbrough serious injury claims

Quittance recognise the change an injury claim will make to people affected by serious injury. By reducing the pressure catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured Claimant and their dependants, a successful claim enables people to concentrate on their recovery. Quittance's panel of expert solicitors communicate with Courts and insurance companies, helping to ensure Claimants affected by severe accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries and illnesses considered to be catastrophic or serious include neck injuries and bowel cancer.

For more information: Serious injury compensation

Middlesbrough No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Middlesbrough and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Middlesbrough, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

Have Quittance solicitors won many injury claims in Middlesbrough?

Quittance is a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire and across the country, obtain compensation.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout North Yorkshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from injuries sustained at work to whiplash.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.

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 takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

What points to check when finding the best personal injury lawyer

In many cases a injury claim can take several months to complete and in severe injuries, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues of interest to Claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is an important first step.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

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 serious injuries to the big toe or to several other toes could vary between ?7,755 and ?11,110 (based on 2015 market research).

Reviews for lawyers in Middlesbrough

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 personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

Will I need to select a local legal firm ?

The whereabouts of the law firm is not especially relevant as cases are usually managed by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to go with a law firm that offers medical facilities near you as Claimants will usually be expected to go to a medical examination.

Read more - Do I have to attend a medical?

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
Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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