A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you live in Pontefract or anywhere else in the UK, we can handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a injury claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Compensation claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

In order to win a Pontefract personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Your solicitor will look at how your case will relate to each of these points.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is based on 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 Pontefract

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of specialist lawyers are experienced in achieving the highest damages for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car accident in Pontefract.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Pontefract are relatively commonplace. Official statistics show a total of 917 accidents (767 slight accidents, 140 serious accidents and 10 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wakefield local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 922. Accidents in the Pontefract region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A639 and M62 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A639 and A645 crossroads.

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Work accident claims in Pontefract

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from scaffolding erectors to pharmacologists, to claim compensation from their employer. Work injury information for the Wakefield local authority made available in accordance with regulations by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in Wakefield Local Authority (RIDAGGR)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

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Other injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Pontefract

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you just want closure as opposed to claiming compensation. You can contact Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, for example, to raise a complaint against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

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Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness including anything from radiation exposure to pleural thickening.

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Serious injury solicitors handling cases in Pontefract

Quittance's team recognise the vital change compensation makes to people whose lives have been affected by serious injury.

By limiting the financial pressure a serious or catastrophic injury puts on a claimant and their dependants, a claim helps people to prioritise their rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of law firms have helped people collect compensation for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as serious and catastrophic range from birth negligence to radiation exposure.

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Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive statistics reveal that employee slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in West Yorkshire. They are sometimes connected to accidents recorded in another category for instance being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or an animal related accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries like broken ankles occurring on slippery pavements are also quite common with street trips having occurred on Maple Drive and on Church Lane.

Pontefract 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 Pontefract and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Pontefract, from relatively minor claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, our lawyers have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience does Quittance have of claims in Pontefract?

We are a nationwide network of expert personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Pontefract, West Yorkshire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout West Yorkshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents at work to accidents due to poor road conditions.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, 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. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

How to choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you

In most cases a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion. In the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is vital.

Will you need a local Pontefract legal firm ?

Going for a local solicitor is not critical as injury cases are, as a matter of course, handled remotely.

It is however necessary to choose a law firm with medical facilities near Pontefract as claimants will almost always be expected to attend a medical examination.

More details - Will I have to attend a medical?

The contrast in insurance premiums and success fees charged by solicitors is quite surprising.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?19,281 for elbow injuries causing some long term problems could conceivably vary from ?11,569 to ?16,389.

Further reading Get a personal injury quote

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in Pontefract

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

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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