Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If an injury or illness has affected your life or ability to work, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.

Every year, we help injured people in Preston, Lancashire and across the UK get compensation for:

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you were injured or made ill.

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or the quantum of the claim.

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 Personal Injury Claim Checker.

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.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

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:

How much can I claim?

Road accident claims in Preston

If you have been unfortunate enough to be injured in one of the 100's of serious road accidents that occur in Preston and across the UK every year, you may be able to claim no win, no fee compensation.

Whether you have been involved in a motorbike accident, or were hurt in a crash on a roundabout, our guide to road accident compensation explains what you need to know about how to get started.

Work accident claims in Preston

If you were injured at work in the last three years, you should be able to claim compensation.

Whatever your job, whether you have been hit by a falling object or developed RSI, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful compensation claim.

Preston clinical negligence claims

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, the panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact Sceptre Point, Sceptre Way, Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire, for example, to make a complaint against Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claim

Preston public place accidents

Whether your accident occurred in a shopping centre or in a playground, you may be able to claim compensation.

If you have been injured in an accident in a public place we can help you make an injury claim for financial compensation.

Other types of injury claims in Preston

The long-term effect of a serious or catastrophic injury will be recognised by solicitors and insurers when they are calculating what a claim is worth.

The panel of solicitors fight to get maximum compensation for severe injury and illness. This includes compensation for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

Read more about Industrial disease compensation

Preston No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Preston injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Preston, Lancashire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer before the claim process starts.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure you will have nothing to pay.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 Preston and cross the UK.

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

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 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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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance handled many claims in Preston?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Preston, Lancashire and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants in Lancashire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from public place accidents to part-time worker injuries.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

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.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Comparing Preston personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

What are the road accident statistics in Preston

Quittance's group of expert no win, no fee legal advisors are experienced in negotiating optimum awards for claimants injured in a road accident in Preston.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Preston are relatively common. Official statistics show a total of 4084 accidents (3442 slight accidents, 610 serious accidents and 32 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Lancashire local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 4,367. Incidents in the Preston region in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A5085 and B6241 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A583 and A5072 crossroads.

What are the Preston work accident statistics?

The most up to date 2019 work accident statistics for the Preston Local Authority (2013/14) collated under regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Work accidents in Preston Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Not Reported35
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)0
Machinery related injury8
Exposed to explosion0
Fire related0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)2
Fall from height17
Animal related (e.g. livestock)1
Lifting and handling injuries57
Physical assault24
Slip, trip or fall60
Struck against2
Struck by moving vehicle3
Struck by object25
Trapped by something collapsing2

Can I claim for someone else?

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

If 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 on behalf of the injured person.

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

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

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

Taken from average case times, 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?

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

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

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

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early 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 before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor