A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

No matter whether you are based in St Helens or anywhere in the country, our experienced personal injury solicitors will handle your claim and we will always set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

For the majority of injury claims, proving an injury claim has three key components. It must be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

How much can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in St Helens

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from lathe operators to sales executives, to claim compensation. Work injury statistics for the St Helens local authority reported in accordance with reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Workplace accidents in St Helens Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)411
Machinery related14711
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)541
Fall from height261826
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)002
Lifting and handling injuries1057358
Physical assault261418
Slip, trip, fall same level918562
Struck against18105
Struck by moving vehicle1267
Struck by object302728
Trapped by something collapsing021

Further information: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in St Helens

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in St Helens are relatively commonplace with 3 fatal accidents, 70 serious accidents and 401 slight accidents in 2013 in St Helens (Total events were 474 local authority district. In 2014 the total had decreased to 438. Incidents in St Helens in 2013 included crashes on the A570 and A569 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A570 and A5059 crossroads.

Quittance's network of skilled no win, no fee injury solicitors have years of experience in fighting for the highest awards for people who have been injured in a car or motorbike accident in St Helens.

Further information: Road accident claims

Other claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illness that range from dermatitis claims to mercury poisoning.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slips, trips and falls

Official statistics stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of injury at work in Merseyside. Slips and trips are often connected to injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by another person, a lifting injury or a harmful substance accident. Public liability litigation for injuries like cheekbone fractures sustained on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with recent pavement trips having happened recently.

Serious injury lawyers in St Helens

The Courts recognise that serious injuries will have a life-altering effect on an injured person.

Quittance's team work hard for the maximum compensation for severe injuries. This includes damages for private medical treatment and case costs. Quittance's network of lawyers work with the legal system and insurance providers ensuring people impacted by major accidents receive the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and medical conditions held to be serious include multiple fractures and hydrocarbon poisoning.

Further information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in St Helens

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for closure as opposed to a compensation award. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Aintree University Hospital, Lower Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside.

Further information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

St Helens No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover St Helens and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in St Helens and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their track record in recovering compensation and their years of specialist experience.

Meet the team - click here.

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

What is your track record of handling claims in St Helens?

We are a national panel of results-focussed solicitors that assists people in St Helens, Merseyside and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in Merseyside seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents at work to car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


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 takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Picking the right personal injury lawyer

Choosing the most suitable solicitor for your legal case is your most important step towards negotiating the best compensation settlement for your injuries.

How do you make sure you choose the most appropriate firm for your case?

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For mild tinnitus with some hearing loss, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?10,175 to ?12,100 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

Do I need to choose a local St Helens injury lawyer ?

The location of the solicitors office is not particularly important as cases now tend to be managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to go with a law firm that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will usually have to go to a medical exam.

More : Can I attend a medical centre near me?

Read St Helens personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be informative if you are considering which solicitor to sign up with.

See : 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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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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