A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you are based in Ossett or anywhere else in England or Wales, our lawyers can handle your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a injury claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims should, in most cases, be made within a three-year window.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must demonstrate:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

In all cases, a short, free call with an expert Ossett solicitor can give information and useful advice.

Calculate your compensation

The compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Ossett

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Ossett are common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 917 accidents (767 slight accidents, 140 serious accidents and 10 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wakefield local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 922. Incidents in the Ossett region in 2013 included collisions on the A638 and M1 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A653 and B6128 crossroads.

Quittance's group of qualified injury solicitors have vast experience in getting the highest settlements for people injured in a car accident in Ossett.

Find out more: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Ossett

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people injured in an accident, from hotel workers to nutritionists, to claim for their work related injuries. Injury and illness information for the Wakefield local authority are published in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

Work accidents in Wakefield Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related432
Machinery related injury333024
Explosion related200
Exposed to fire102
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)1645
Fall from height514442
Animal related444
Lifting and handling injuries253169182
Physical assault393726
Slip, trip or fall220170157
Struck against561528
Struck by moving vehicle241812
Struck by object1076647
Trapped by something collapsing140

Find out more: Work accident compensation

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Ossett

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are only looking for the hospital to explain what happened rather than financial compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can write to Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claims

Slip and trip accidents

HSE data stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent cause of injury in the West Yorkshire workplace in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are quite often related to injuries categorised as something else like being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place (Wakefield local authority) claims for injuries such as broken collarbones suffered on pavement ice are also quite prevalent with incidents having occurred on Warren St and on St. Peters Parade.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with securing compensation for industrial injuries including anything from industrial deafness to toluene exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury lawyers in Ossett

We recognise the vital difference an injury claim makes to the lives of seriously injured claimants. A claim will lessen the financial load on a claimant enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of lawyers have helped families claim damages for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injuries and illnesses referred to as catastrophic or serious range from serious psychiatric harm to brain injuries.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

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

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Ossett, from more minor injury cases to life-changing injury. Selected because of their success rate in winning claims, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

What is your track record of injury claims in Ossett?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists people injured in Ossett, West Yorkshire and across the country, get compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across West Yorkshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car passenger accidents and part-time worker injuries.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How to pick the right personal injury solicitor

It can take several months for most claims to reach a settlement. Cases involving disputed liability or severe injury can take much longer. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

Does the location of the law firm matter?

The majority of large firms operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for bronchitis, for example, ranges from ?16,830 to ?25,300 (based on 2015 market data).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Check Ossett personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can vary.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can help build a picture if you are mulling over which solicitor to work with.

Read more : Personal injury solicitors 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.

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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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