A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Northamptonshire or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 14, 2016

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

Eligibility to claim

Claims must be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury in the majority of cases.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like asbestosis may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of diagnosis is what is important in such cases.

To win a personal injury case, it must be shown that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that the Defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

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

How much compensation can I claim?

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

Work accident claims in Northamptonshire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants injured at work, from lathe operators to orthoptists, to claim maximum compensation. Accident figures for the Wellingborough local authority are listed under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in Wellingborough Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified15919
Electrical injury100
Machinery related1179
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)211
Fall from height15212
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)220
Manual handling392637
Physical assault1253
Slip, trip or fall403415
Struck against456
Struck by moving vehicle723
Struck by object221312

Read more: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Northamptonshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of certified personal injury lawyers have vast experience in getting the best awards for people hurt in a road accident in Northamptonshire.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims

Slip and trip injuries

Recorded figures show that employee slips and trips are still the most common cause of injury in the East Midlands workplace. They are quite often lead to injuries filed under a different category such as being hit by a reversing vehicle, a lifting injury or a river drowning accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as sprained ankles suffered on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent incidents having happened in the local area.

Serious injury experts in Northamptonshire

We recognise the critical change injury compensation will make to people affected by serious injury. Quittance's panel of lawyers fight to achieve compensation for serious injuries, including compensation for medical and care costs.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help Claimants with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from dermatitis claims to cancer caused by diesel exhaust fumes.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Northamptonshire

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened as opposed to a compensation award, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can write to Kettering General Hospital, Rothwell Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, to make a formal complaint against Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

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

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Northamptonshire, from whiplash cases to catastrophic injury. Selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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 you won many injury claims in Northamptonshire?

Quittance is a nationwide network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Northamptonshire and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Northamptonshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including road accidents and workplace accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Guidance for those looking for a personal injury solicitor

Finding the best injury solicitor for your case is a key step towards obtaining the best settlement or award for your injuries.

How can you ensure you instruct the best solicitors' practice to help you?

The variation in the amount of insurance premiums and success fees charged by law firms is quite significant

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person having been awarded ?12,954 for serious shoulder injuries might vary from ?7,772 to ?11,011.

Further reading How to compare personal injury solicitors

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

You do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Look into Northamptonshire personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by solicitors can vary.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews is a great place to start when trying to decide which lawyer to work with.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

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.

Read more
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
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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