A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Penrith or anywhere in the UK, our lawyers can assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for personal injury compensation should usually be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what is important in such cases.

In order to win a Penrith personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Your lawyer can take you through each of these key points and will look at how they apply in your case.

What is my claim worth?

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a number of points. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Penrith

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for injured claimants, from catering assistants to pharmacologists, to seek financial compensation. Accident statistics in the Eden local authority are detailed in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE:

HSE reported work accidents in Eden Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related445
Fire related001
Harmful substance related311
Fall from height12715
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)402
Manual handling36915
Physical assault710
Slip, trip or fall292521
Struck against454
Hit by vehicle112
Struck by object1137

Find out more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Penrith

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Penrith are not uncommon. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1676 accidents (1437 slight accidents, 212 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cumbria local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,932. Accidents in the Penrith area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A66 and M6 roundabout and on the A6 and A686 roundabout.

Our panel of professional injury lawyers have vast experience in obtaining the highest damages for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Penrith.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Other claims we handle

Slip and trip accidents

Recorded statistics highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Cumbria workplace. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the forerunner to accidents classified under another heading like being hit by an object falling from a building or a toxic substance accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as broken wrists occurring on poorly maintained paths are also common with falls having occurred in the local area.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with getting compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from asbestosis to PCB exposure.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Clinical and medical negligence in Penrith

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a patient is injured as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other medical professional. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are just looking for answers rather than financial damages, you can raise a formal complaint. To make a complaint against Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria.

Find out more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Serious injury specialists acting in Penrith

We understand the vital change compensation can make to seriously injured claimants. By relieving the stress severe injury places on a claimant, injury compensation enables individuals to focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of solicitors have for many years aided claimants affected by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries and medical conditions considered to be serious include birth negligence, multiple fractures and chronic pain.

Find out more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Penrith 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 Penrith and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Penrith, from fast track cases to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are chosen for their professionalism and their track record in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Penrith?

Quittance is a national panel of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Penrith, Cumbria and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of injured claimants across Cumbria get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including building site accidents and car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.


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 takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Advice for those looking for a lawyer

In most cases a compensation claim can take months to agree a settlement. For serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

Comparing injury solicitors in Penrith - online reviews

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the quality of service offered by different firms.

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor 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.

In general, the only aspect that does require a local service 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 medical network.

The diversity in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums charged by firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is quite significant

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?5,146 for minor eye injuries could vary from ?3,088 to ?4,374.

Further reading : How to compare injury solicitors quotes

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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