A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you live in Sunderland or anywhere in the UK, our experienced lawyers will help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

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

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

A claim must usually be made within a 3-year window.

In order to win a Sunderland personal injury case, your solicitor must prove 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.

The solicitor should consider how each of the points relates to your claim.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Sunderland

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Sunderland are relatively frequent. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 793 accidents (723 slight accidents, 67 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Sunderland local authority area. In 2014 accidents decreased to 793. Incidents in the Sunderland area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A183 and A1231 roundabout and on the A690 and A1231 slip road.

Our panel of accredited lawyers have vast experience in achieving optimum settlements for people who have been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Sunderland.

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Work accident claims in Sunderland

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from scaffolding erectors to scientific laboratory technicians, to secure financial compensation awards. Injury and illness information in the Sunderland local authority are compiled under RIDDOR legislation by the Government excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Sunderland Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury202
Machinery related injury201623
Exposed to explosion010
Fire related (e.g. burns)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. food poisoning)641
Fall from height431739
Animal related (e.g. livestock)101
Lifting and handling injuries17394108
Physical assault221927
Slip or trip148154104
Struck against152923
Struck by moving vehicle1576
Struck by object603358
Crushed by something collapsing110

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Other claims we handle

Sunderland serious injury compensation

The long-term effect a serious or catastrophic injury can have is understood by Courts when they are working out injury compensation.

A claim should ease the financial load and take the pressure off an injured person enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation.

Our panel of specialist solicitors have helped people collect compensation for many major injuries and conditions. Injury and illness referred to as serious include cerebral palsy and lead poisoning.

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Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics indicate that slips and trips are still the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Tyne And Wear workplace in 2014/15. These types of accident are sometimes the cause of injuries categorised as another type of accident like being hit by hand tools in use or a drowning accident. Public liability litigation for injuries such as fractured vertebrae occurring on potholes are also quite common with recent pothole trips having occurred in the local area.

Clinical and medical negligence in Sunderland

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of starting an injury claim. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Sunderland Royal Hospital, Kayll Road, Sunderland.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from respiratory diseases to organophosphate exposure.

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Sunderland 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 Sunderland and across the UK.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Sunderland and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their success rate in winning claims and their specialist expertise.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

Have Quittance solicitors won many injury claims in Sunderland?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of expert personal injury lawyers that assists people injured in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants across Tyne and Wear get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from factory accidents to motorbike accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Guidance for potential claimants searching for a personal injury solicitor

In most cases a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion. For the most serious claims, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Your lawyer should be someone you can rely on at every step of the process to give compassionate practical advice and expert legal guidance.

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 serious arm injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?31,625 to ?48,400 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

Sunderland personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by solicitors, as with any service, can differ considerably.

Researching online reviews can be helpful if you are deciding which solicitor to work with.

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Will I need to select a local injury lawyer ?

The location of a firm is not particularly important as injury cases are normally run by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a firm that has national medical coverage as claimants will usually be expected to attend a medical exam.

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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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