A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Preston or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can handle your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Personal injury A claim must usually be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It needs to be shown that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Answers to your legal questions and invaluable guidance will be given on a short, no-obligation phone consultation with a personal injury solicitor.

Find out how much you can claim

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

Road traffic accident claims in Preston

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Find out more: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Preston

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants, from catering assistants to political party research officers, to claim maximum compensation. Work accident statistics for the Preston local authority collated under regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Work accidents in Preston Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported393935
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related injury14108
Exposed to explosion100
Fire related110
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)712
Fall from height261417
Animal related (e.g. livestock)121
Lifting and handling injuries1266057
Physical assault181924
Slip, trip or fall1067460
Struck against8152
Struck by moving vehicle693
Struck by object351425
Trapped by something collapsing102

Find out more: Work accident claim

Other claims

Serious injury

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.

Our 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

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive data underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most common cause of injury at work in Lancashire. They are frequently the precursor to injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public liability claims for injuries like fractured wrists suffered on potholes are also common with slips and trips having happened on Theatre St and on Meadow St.

Medical negligence in Preston

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, our 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

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from occupational asthma to Vibration White Finger.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Preston No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Preston and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Preston, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience handling injury claims.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your needs?

Choosing the most appropriate lawyer to act for you is a key step towards getting the most compensation for your accident.

With over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Preston, what is the best way to ensure you instruct the ideal law firm for your needs?

The disparity in the level of fees charged by solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements is significant.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by an injured person awarded ?49,285 for leg fractures might vary from ?29,571 to ?41,892.

Read more at Compare solicitors quotes

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.

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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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.

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