A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you are based in Skelmersdale or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced lawyers are able to assist with your claim and we will set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, we can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Personal injury A claim must usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three components to making a successful claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Legal and practical advice will be given on a short, no-obligation phone consultation with a personal injury solicitor.

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How much can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online claim calculator provides an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Skelmersdale

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Skelmersdale are reasonably common. Government statistics reveal a total of 4084 accidents (3442 slight accidents, 610 serious accidents and 32 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Lancashire local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 4,367. Incidents in the Skelmersdale region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A5068 and B5312 roundabout and on the A5068 and A577 roundabout.

Our network of professional no win no fee personal injury solicitors have decades of experience in obtaining maximum compensation for claimants who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Skelmersdale.

Further information: Road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Skelmersdale

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from plasterers to social workers, to claim for their work related injuries. Work accident information in the Skelmersdale local authority collated under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive:

HSE reported work accidents in West Lancashire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified282015
Electricity related100
Machinery related1664
Explosion related001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)210
Fall from height (ladder)231421
Injured by an animal010
Manual handling593350
Physical assault1073
Slip, trip, fall same level804745
Struck against777
Struck by moving vehicle363
Hit by object232320
Trapped by something collapsing020

Further information: No win, no fee work accident claims

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Other claims

Medical negligence in Skelmersdale

Clinical negligence describes when a patient is injured due to a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for a better understanding of events as opposed to injury compensation. For example, you can contact Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation claims

Skelmersdale serious injury claims

The Courts understand that serious injuries can have a life-changing effect on an injured person.

By reducing the stress severe injury puts on an injured claimant and their family, a successful claim allows individuals to focus on rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist lawyers communicate with medical providers, insurance providers and the other side's legal representatives to ensure families impacted by serious accidents get medical and financial support. Injuries and medical conditions considered by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic range from cerebral palsy to lung cancer.

Further information: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from radiation exposure to siderosis.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slip and trip accidents

Official statistics highlight the fact that employee slips and trips are by far the most frequent accident at work in Lancashire. These types of accident are quite often the forerunner to accidents categorised as something else such as being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, when helping another person or a harmful substance accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries such as broken collarbones experienced on pavement cracks are also quite common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on Lyndale and on Church St.

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Skelmersdale No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Skelmersdale and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet the team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Skelmersdale and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Click here to meet more of the team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What is Quittance's track record of claims in Skelmersdale?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of people in Lancashire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and scaffolding accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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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 means you will never be out of pocket.

How to select the best lawyer

In many cases a injury claim can take months to agree a settlement and for serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Your lawyer should be someone you can trust throughout the claims process to provide both expert legal guidance and practical advice.

The disparity in the amount of success fees between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is important for claimants.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person having been awarded ?14,115 for severe toe injuries might vary from ?8,469 to ?11,998.

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Are Skelmersdale claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Skelmersdale personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by lawyers, as with any service, vary considerably.

Researching online reviews can be helpful if you are attempting to decide which lawyer to act for you.

Find out more Personal injury solicitor reviews

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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