A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you are based in Todmorden or anywhere in the country, our injury solicitors can assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 19, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims should be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury in the majority of cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Todmorden or work-related illness, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It must be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

A short, no-obligation phone call with an expert Todmorden lawyer can give information and useful advice.

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Compensation calculator

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Work accident claims in Todmorden

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants, from forklift drivers to veterinary nurses, to get the compensation they deserve. Work injury information for the Calderdale local authority are published under RIDDOR by the Government:

Work accidents in Calderdale Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Other263623
Electric shock injury110
Machinery related injury251116
Explosion related010
Fire related (e.g. scars)111
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)221
Fall from height (scaffolding)332519
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)304
Lifting and carrying905258
Assault12123
Slip, trip or fall736665
Struck against5810
Struck by moving vehicle365
Struck by object262827
Crushed by something collapsing211

See: Injured at work claims

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Road traffic accident claims in Todmorden

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Todmorden are relatively commonplace. Official statistics show a total of 566 accidents (476 slight accidents, 86 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Calderdale local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 623. Incidents in the Todmorden area in 2013 included car crashes on the A6033 and A646 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A6033 and A684 junction.

Quittance's panel of expert no win no fee lawyers have a wealth of experience in obtaining the best compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Todmorden.

See: Road traffic accident claim

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Other injury claims

Serious injury lawyers handling cases in Todmorden

The effect of a serious injury will be understood by insurers and the Courts when they are determining what a claim is worth. Quittance's panel of solicitors work to achieve compensation for major injuries, which includes damages for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Our network of lawyers for many years have helped people affected by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries and medical conditions held by the Courts to be serious include eye injuries, lead poisoning and major surgical negligence.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Medical negligence in Todmorden

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened rather than financial damages. You can write to Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, for example, to make a formal complaint against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial injuries including anything from respiratory diseases to pleural thickening.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Slips and trips

Officially reported statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are still the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in West Yorkshire and the UK as a whole in 2014/15. Slips and trips are frequently the cause of injuries classified under another heading e.g. being struck by a falling object, a fall from a ladder or a drowning accident. Public place (Calderdale local authority) litigation for injuries like bruised legs experienced on spillages are also quite prevalent with recent falls having happened recently.

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Todmorden No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Todmorden and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The national network of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Todmorden, from whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their success rate in winning claims and their specialist knowledge.

Meet the 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 is your track record of handling claims in Todmorden?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Todmorden, West Yorkshire and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout West Yorkshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents at work to car accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

What issues to consider when picking the best lawyer

Usually a personal injury claim can take months to agree a settlement. For the most serious claims, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is vital.

The variation in success fees between different firms is an important consideration for Claimants.

For example the amount retained by a successful Claimant awarded ?25,752 for a serious wrist injury could conceivably vary from ?15,451 to ?21,889.

Read more at How to compare personal injury solicitors

Check Todmorden personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by lawyers can vary significantly.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly help build a picture when trying to decide which lawyer to select.

See Quittance reviews

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Todmorden?

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 should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your 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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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