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?

Updated: September 12, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, 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.

Eligibility to claim

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.

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.

Road traffic accident claims in Southport

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Read more: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Southport

Worker injured in accident

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
Other394122
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
Assault263565
Slip, trip, fall same level938276
Struck against2268
Hit by vehicle483
Struck by object342431
Trapped under falling object120

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical and clinical negligence in Southport

Clinical negligence is the term for when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for a better understanding of events as opposed to a compensation award. For example, to raise a complaint against Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, you can contact Town Lane, Southport.

Read more: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

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

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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.

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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.

Southport 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 Southport and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Southport and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

How much experience do you have of injury claims in Southport?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Southport, Merseyside and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of people across Merseyside get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from pedestrian accidents to ladder accidents.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

FAQs

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

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?

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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