A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in Southport or anywhere else in the UK, our solicitors will assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

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

Calculate my compensation

The compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

Making a personal injury claim

Powerful legislation is in place to support people seeking compensation, and Quittance's panel of expert solicitors have many years of experience giving advice to clients on the strength of their claims.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is important.

In order to win a Southport personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

In all cases, a free phone call with a personal injury solicitor can provide answers to your questions and useful guidance.

What to check when finding the best injury lawyer

You will be liaising with your solicitor for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to trust at every step of the process to offer expert legal guidance and practical advice.

The difference in the amount of personal injury success fees and insurance premiums between different law firms is important for Claimants.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful Claimant accepting a settlement of £43,899 for back injuries causing chronic permanent symptoms can vary from £26,339 to £37,314.

Additional reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Southport solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by lawyers, as with any service, can vary to a large extent.

Reviews can certainly be enlightening if you are mulling over which lawyer to act for you.

Read Personal injury solicitors reviews

Do I need to select a local legal firm ?

The location of a law firm is not relevant as cases are usually handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice that provides national medical centres as you will usually be expected to attend a medical assessment.

More on - Do I have to attend a medical?

Legal cases Quittance handles

Compensation could be claimed for a broad range of injuries in Southport. Quittance have helped with injuries and illness including:

Road accidents in Southport

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Southport are reasonably common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 641 accidents (549 slight accidents, 88 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Sefton council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 674. Incidents in the Southport region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A5267 and A570 crossroads and on the dual carriageway of the A565 and A570 junction.

Our panel of proficient road traffic accident injury solicitors have years of experience in getting the best compensation for Claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle crash in Southport.

Medical and clinical negligence in Southport

Medical negligence, more properly referred to as 'clinical negligence', is when an injury is associated with a breach in the duty of care on the part of a GP or any other medical provider, NHS or private. A common example might be a prescription error claim. Our expert panel of injury lawyers covering Merseyside and Southport have worked on claims brought against healthcare providers including iSIGHT (Southport), Drayton House, 2 Lulworth Road, Southport, PR8 2AT.

Accidents in the workplace

We have handled claims for Claimants, from carpenters to seismic interpreters, to secure financial compensation awards. Work accident statistics in the Sefton local authority are detailed under reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive:

Work accidents in Sefton Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury420
Machinery related injury8711
Fire related (e.g. burns)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)1162
Fall from height (ladder)212725
Animal related (e.g. livestock)431
Lifting and handling injuries954445
Slip, trip, fall same level938276
Struck against2268
Hit by vehicle483
Struck by object342431
Trapped under falling object120

Southport serious injury claims

Courts recognise that a serious injury will have a major impact on a Claimant and their dependants. Quittance fight for the maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes reimbursement for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Our network of specialist law firms have for many years aided people impacted by severe accidents.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help Claimants with claiming compensation for industrial injuries that range from occupational asthma to welders lung.

Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported statistics underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accident at work in Merseyside. These types of accident are sometimes the initiators of accidents attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by an object falling from a building, being trapped by something collapsing or an electrocution accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like broken toes happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with slips having happened on Chapel Street and on C Lord Street.

No Win, No Fee Personal injury Solicitors in Southport

In the event that you lose your injury claim, a No Win, No Fee agreement with your lawyer states that their fees are not payable. In the event that you succeed in your case, the fees for your lawyer will be settled by the losing party.

A 'success fee' will be charged by injury lawyers that work under a No Win, No Fee agreement. The fee will be paid out of the Claimant's award and will be usually 25%.

The 100% No Win, No Fee guarantee

We guarantee No Win, No Fee means a Claimant will not pay any of the law firm's legal fees if the injury claim be unsuccessful.

Read more about No Win, No Fee

How to proceed

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Get your questions answered

We offer jargon-free information helping people affected by injury choose whether to start the claim.

If you would like to know more before phoning, see our FAQs.

Get your claim started

You can start a injury claim online here or call us on 0800 612 7456 to talk to a member of Quittance's team.

Our specialist team can help. You can request a free callback or phone us on 0800 612 7456 today.