A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Trafford or anywhere else in England or Wales, our injury lawyers can help with your claim and we will set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim for compensation?

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

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

People with certain illnesses or conditions like repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that matters.

In order to win a Trafford personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

The lawyer will look at how your injury claim will relate to each of these points.

How much compensation could I get?

The level of compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Trafford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from bricklayers to tourist information managers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work accident data for the Trafford local authority reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Salford Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury331
Machinery related161313
Exposed to explosion011
Fire related (e.g. burns)022
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)1043
Fall from height272028
Animal related (e.g. livestock)233
Physical assault382832
Slip, trip, fall same level1289190
Struck against1387
Struck by moving vehicle819
Struck by object342222
Trapped by something collapsing002

Read more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Trafford

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Trafford are relatively commonplace. Government statistics reveal 5 fatal accidents, 65 serious accidents and 467 slight accidents in 2013 in Salford (Total events were 537 local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 549. Incidents in Trafford in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the B5211 and B5214 roundabout and on the B5158 and A5081 roundabout.

Our group of knowledgeable injury lawyers have vast experience in fighting for the best damages for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Trafford.

Read more: Road traffic accident claim

Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Recorded statistics highlight the fact that employee slips and trips are still the most frequent cause of injury in the Greater Manchester workplace. They are typically the initiators of injuries attributed to other causes such as being struck by machinery, a lifting injury or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place litigation for injuries like bruised legs occurring on obstructed walkways are also quite common with recent trips having occurred recently.

Serious injury solicitors acting in Trafford

We understand the vital change injury compensation will make to seriously injured claimants. By reducing the financial stress a serious or catastrophic injury places on a claimant and their family, a successful claim helps claimants to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of solicitors have aided claimants recover compensation for many major injuries and conditions. Injury and illness referred to as serious and catastrophic include asbestosis, eye injuries and serious psychiatric harm.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from dermatitis claims to siderosis.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical negligence in Trafford

Clinical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a consultant or other health professional's lack of care. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Cobbett House, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, to make a formal complaint against Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Trafford 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 Trafford and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The national network of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Trafford, from whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their years of specialist experience and their track record in recovering compensation.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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 Trafford?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Trafford, Greater Manchester and throughout the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Greater Manchester seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents in the office to car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

How to find the right personal injury lawyer

In many cases a compensation claim can take months to agree a settlement and in serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulate legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not responsible for many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is an important first step.

Are Trafford claimants restricted to only local law firms?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

Usually, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and 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.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for scarring, for example, ranges from ?6,050 to ?18,370 (based on 2015 market data).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Trafford personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Reviews can be instructive if you are considering which lawyer to sign up with.

Find out more : Quittance 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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert