Have you been hurt in an accident that wasn't 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 the best possible compensation for their injuries.
What caused your injury?
Your specialist injury solicitor will follow a specific process, depending on what caused your injury or illness.
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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.
Can I start an injury claim on behalf of a child?
If you were injured as a child (under 18), you can start a claim at any time until your 21st birthday.
An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child, as a 'litigation friend'.
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 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 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
- 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:
Road accident claims in Preston
Road accidents in Preston are relatively common. Government data reveals there were 56 road accidents in Rutland in 2021, including 36 slight accidents, 17 accidents and 3 fatalities. 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.
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.
Preston work accident claims
In Preston, there were 206 non-fatal work accidents and 0 fatalities in 2021, based on Health and Safety Executive (HSE) records.
|HSE-reported Preston work accidents||Reported Injuries|
|Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)||0%|
|Machinery related injury||3%|
|Exposed to explosion||0%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)||1%|
|Fall from height||7%|
|Animal related (e.g. livestock)||0%|
|Lifting and handling injuries||24%|
|Slip, trip or fall||25%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||1%|
|Struck by object||11%|
|Trapped by something collapsing||1%|
If you were injured at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.
Whether you suffered an injury or illness working as a care home worker or a hospital porter, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful compensation claim.
Preston clinical negligence claims
Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from a private clinic or NHS trust covering Preston, including Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (Sceptre Point, Sceptre Way, Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire).
Preston public place accident claims
Owners and operators of privately-owned land or property are known as 'occupiers'. Occupiers have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of anyone on their property.
Whether your accident happened in a nightclub or in a public park, you may be able to start an injury claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a public place, we can help.
Serious injury claims
Catastrophic injuries usually lead to long-term health issues, ongoing medical treatments, disability or reduced life-expectancy. These injuries include brain injuries, and skull or spinal fractures. Facial scarring, injuries to the senses, and health conditions such as Chronic Pain Syndrome are also considered to be life-altering injuries.
We know how important a successful serious injury claim will be. Compensation will help to reduce the financial burden, and your specialist catastrophic injury solicitor will also liaise with insurers and care professionals, so you can focus on your recovery.
Will I need to go into a solicitor's office?
When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.
You can talk to a legally-trained advisor about your accident or injury, before you choose to start a claim.
When you decide to go ahead, the next step is to discuss your case with an expert solicitor. Your solicitor will handle every stage of your claim and will be there to answer any questions you have.
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.
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Frequently asked questions
Has Quittance helped many claimants in Preston?
Whether you live in Preston, Lancashire or elsewhere, we can help you to make no win, no fee injury claim.
Whether your injury occurred due to medical negligence or as a result of a negligent employer our team will make sure your claim is handled by a specialist injury solicitor.
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.
Preston injury solicitor reviews
Although the Solicitors Regulation Authority regulates professional standards for solicitors in England and Wales, the actual quality of service varies widely. Online reviews and personal recommendations will make it easier find the right solicitor for your claim.
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.
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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
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.
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.
Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor
About the author
Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.