Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If your life has been affected by illness or injury, we are here to help.

You may be able to claim injury compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

How did your injury occur?

The steps required to win a personal injury claim will depend on what caused your injury or illness.

Please select how you were injured to find out more:

Can I claim compensation?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or whether a minor was injured.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker.

Can I start an injury claim on behalf of a child?

An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child, as a 'litigation friend'. If you suffered an injury as a child, you have until you turn 21 years old to claim compensation.

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Child injury compensation claims

How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now.

Road accident claims in Oldham

Car, HGV, bike and motorcycle accidents in Oldham are quite common. Official 2021 data recorded 293 road accidents in Oldham. 234 slight accidents, 55 accidents and 4 fatalities occurred on Oldham's roads in 2021. Incidents in Oldham in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A62 and A672 junction and on the single carriageway of the A6048 and A627 roundabout.

All road users, including cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians, owe a duty of care to all other users. If you have been injured as a result of the actions or negligence of another road user, you may be able to start a no win, no fee claim for compensation.

Whether you have been hurt in a crash, or have been involved in a motorcycle accident, our guide to road accident claims sets out what you need to know about making a claim.

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Claim road accident compensation

Work injury claims in Oldham

According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 154 non-fatal and 0 fatal work-related accidents in Oldham. 115 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.

You may be eligible to make a work accident claim if you've been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

Whether you suffered an injury when working as a crane operator or a care assistant, our work injury claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful no win, no fee claim.

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Work accident compensation

How common are work accidents in Oldham?

HSE-reported work accidents in OldhamReported Injuries
Other10%
Electrical injury0%
Machinery related injury5%
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)0%
Fire related (e.g. burns)0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)1%
Fall from height7%
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)0%
Lifting and carrying28%
Physical attack6%
Slip or trip27%
Struck against2%
Struck by moving vehicle2%
Struck by object10%

Medical negligence claims in Oldham

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from a private clinic or NHS trust covering Oldham, including Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Cobbett House, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester).

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Claim clinical negligence compensation

Public place injury claims in Oldham

UK law states that owners (occupiers) of premises are liable for the safety and welfare of all visitors.

Whether you have been injured on a loose paving stone on a footpath or on a slippery floor at a supermarket, and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to make an injury claim.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a public place, we can help.

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Public place accident compensation claims

Serious injury compensation

Claims for particularly serious injuries might include brain or spinal injuries.

Personal injury solicitors understand the importance of focussing on treatment and recovery. Your solicitor will take care of the legal process and will coordinate with medical professionals and insurance companies at every stage of the claim.

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Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Do I need to visit a solicitor's office?

There is no need to visit your solicitor's office in person if you are thinking about making a claim.

On a quick phone call with a friendly advisor, you can explain what happened and find out if you may have a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim.

If you decide to make a compensation claim, your solicitor will take you through the process over the phone. You will be able to speak to your solicitor at any stage and you wlll receive regular updates.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Oldham and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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FAQs

Have you helped many Oldham injury claimants?

We help 100's of injured workers, road users and other claimants in Oldham and Greater Manchester every year.

A specialist solicitor will fight hard to settle your claim and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured due to your employer's negligence or due to a negligent diagnosis.

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.

Oldham injury solicitor reviews

All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Despite the strict professional standards that lawyers must meet, the quality of service they deliver can vary.

Online reviews and word of mouth can help you to decide which injury lawyer is the right fit for you.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

This table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor