A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Stockport or anywhere else in England or Wales, our lawyers can help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim?

Updated: September 13, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, we can help you make an injury claim.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Compensation claims should be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred in most cases.

People with certain illnesses or conditions such as industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that matters.

In the majority of cases, proving a claim has three key components. It needs to be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Starting your claim sooner will allow your lawyer to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

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Injury claims calculator

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in Stockport

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for contractors, self employed or employed people, from construction workers to sports development officers, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident statistics in the Stockport local authority are detailed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in Stockport Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined283130
Electric shock injury011
Machinery related9812
Explosion related101
Fire related (e.g. burns)211
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)443
Fall from height (ladder)301526
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)031
Lifting and carrying1115764
Physical assault444042
Slip or trip1129486
Struck against15610
Struck by moving vehicle845
Hit by object392329
Trapped underneath something101

Further information: Injured at work claim

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Road traffic accident claims in Stockport

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of knowledgeable legal advisors have decades of experience in securing the highest damages for Claimants injured in a road accident in Stockport.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Stockport are reasonably common with statistics showing a total of 442 accidents (396 slight accidents, 43 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Stockport local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 405. Incidents in Stockport in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A6 and B5169 crossroads and on the dual carriageway of the A560 and M60 junction.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claims

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Other claims

Serious injury experts acting in Stockport

We understand the critical difference injury compensation can make to the lives of people impacted by serious and catastrophic injury. By limiting the stress severe injury puts on an injured Claimant, compensation allows individuals to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist solicitor firms engage with the legal system and insurers ensuring families affected by severe accidents receive legal and medical support. Injury and illness considered by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include back injuries and chemical poisoning.

Further information: Serious injury compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) figures emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most prevalent cause of injury in the Greater Manchester workplace in 2014/15. These types of accident are quite often the precursor to accidents attributed to other reasons like being struck by moving machinery, a fall from height or a river drowning accident. Public place (Stockport local authority) litigation for injuries such as bruised legs sustained on raised flagstones are also quite common with pavement crack trips having occurred in the local area.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that range from NIHL to welders lung.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation

Clinical and medical negligence in Stockport

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong rather than financial compensation. You can write to Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport, Cheshire, for example, to raise a complaint against Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation

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Stockport 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 Stockport and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet our team

Our nationwide network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Stockport and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation and their level of specialist experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in Stockport?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed solicitors that assists injured people in Stockport, Greater Manchester and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have helped 100's of injured claimants across Greater Manchester seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents on the road to slips and trips at work.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

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

Identifying the most appropriate injury lawyer for your case is your most important step towards receiving the best compensation award for your illness or injuries.

How can you make certain you instruct the most appropriate firm to instruct?

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

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 needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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

The diversity in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums charged by solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements is significant.

As an example the amount retained by a successful Claimant having been awarded ?4,382 for a severe thumb dislocation can vary from ?2,629 to ?3,725.

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Injury lawyer reviews in Stockport - What to look for

Speaking to a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

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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