A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

No matter whether you are based in Northumberland or anywhere in the UK, our expert personal injury solicitors are able to help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims should usually be made within 3 years of the injury.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what is important in these situations.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident or work-related illness, proving an injury claim will involve three issues. It needs to be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Making your claim sooner should enable the lawyer to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our injury calculator gives a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Northumberland

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Northumberland are not uncommon. Official statistics show a total of 997 accidents (860 slight accidents, 123 serious accidents and 14 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Northumberland local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,086.

Quittance's panel of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) litigators are experienced in achieving the highest damages for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Northumberland.

See: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Northumberland

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from electricians to nursery teachers, to claim for their work related injuries. Work accident statistics in the Northumberland local authority reported in accordance with regulations by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Work accidents in Northumberland Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury111
Machinery related injury181611
Explosion related (e.g. gas)100
Fire related (e.g. scars)321
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)1493
Fall from height423338
Animal related665
Lifting and handling injuries1278375
Physical attack282523
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)14098100
Struck against211616
Struck by moving vehicle667
Hit by falling object424126
Trapped by something collapsing002

See: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other injury claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from chemical poisoning to asthma caused by colophony.

See: Industrial disease compensation claim

Northumberland serious injury claims

We understand the critical change compensation can make to seriously injured claimants.

By reducing the financial stress catastrophic and serious injury places on a claimant, a successful claim allows individuals to concentrate on their rehabilitation. Quittance's network of lawyers have helped people claim damages for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as serious range from serious psychiatric harm to back injuries.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Safety statistics highlight the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most common accident in the North East England workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are typically the precursor to injuries filed under a different category like being struck by a falling object, a fall from a ladder or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as broken toes happening on spillages are also quite prevalent with street falls having happened on Village Hall.

Clinical negligence in Northumberland

When someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you are only looking for a better understanding of events instead of injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to make a formal complaint against Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to St. Nicholas Hospital, Jubilee Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Northumberland 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 Northumberland and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Northumberland and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

Meet the team - click here.

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

Have you handled many claims in Northumberland?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of expert personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Northumberland and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we helped 100's of claimants in Northumberland seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to building site accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

What issues to consider when choosing the best injury lawyer

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from months for minor and moderate injury to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

The disparity in personal injury success fees and ATE premiums between solicitors working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) can have a significant impact on your compensation.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?18,509 for a broken leg can vary from ?11,105 to ?15,733.

More information : How to compare personal injury solicitors

Read Northumberland personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Reviews can be revealing if you are considering which solicitor best serves your needs.

See Personal injury lawyer reviews

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

You do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

In most cases, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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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