A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

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

Have I got a injury claim?

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

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.

Making an injury claim

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

Powerful legislation exists to support individuals considering a claim, and Quittance's panel of lawyers have many years of experience giving advice to clients on the strength of their claims.

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.

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?

Compensation claims Quittance handles in Middlesbrough

Our panel of lawyers assist people in Middlesbrough whose situations ranged and resulted in serious injury.

Medical negligence in Middlesbrough

Medical negligence (more precisely known as 'Clinical Negligence') is where there has been a failing by a healthcare provider, private or NHS. Our experienced panel of solicitors covering Middlesbrough have assisted with compensation claims brought against private and NHS hospitals including West Lane Hospital Middlesbrough, Acklam Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 4EE.

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.

Road traffic accidents (RTA) in Middlesbrough

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.

Accidents in the workplace

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
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

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.

Industrial disease

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

How No Win, No Fee injury lawyers look after compensation claims in Middlesbrough

Were you to succeed in the claim, your legal fees are settled by the losing party or their insurer. When your compensation claim is not successful, a No Win, No Fee agreement between you and your lawyer means that their fees will not be charged.

A 'success fee' is levied by injury lawyers that work under a No Win, No Fee agreement (also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA). The fee is generally 25% and will be taken from the injured Claimant's compensation.

Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee

No Win, No Fee means there will be absolutely no hidden fees. With Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee, there will be no catch and there is no risk of losing out.

Read more about Quittance's No Win, No Fee

How to proceed

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Get further information

Quittance offer jargon-free answers helping people affected by injury decide whether to proceed.

Get more answers without having to call a law firm. Read our frequently asked questions here.

Start a claim

Call the Quittance team on 0800 612 7456 to get the compensation claim underway. Alternatively, you can begin a personal injury claim online here.

If you need a specific question answered before making a decision, request a callback at a time that suits you or phone 0800 612 7456.