A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Wakefield or anywhere in the country, our experienced solicitors are able to take on your claim and we will always set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 17, 2016

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Find out if you have a claimUse our online claim checker

Key criteria

Claims should usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In most cases, a successful compensation claim will involve three issues. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

In all cases, a brief, no-obligation call with an expert Wakefield solicitor will provide answers and advice.

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Calculate my compensation

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in Wakefield

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Wakefield are not uncommon. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 917 accidents (767 slight accidents, 140 serious accidents and 10 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wakefield local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 922. Incidents in Wakefield in 2013 included car crashes on the A638 and A636 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A642 and A638 junction.

Our network of knowledgeable no win no fee personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in achieving optimum compensation for people injured in a road accident in Wakefield.

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Work accident claims in Wakefield

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants injured at work, from dental nurses to translators, to claim compensation. Accident data in the Wakefield local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Wakefield Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Other888367
Electricity related432
Machinery related injury333024
Explosion related200
Exposed to fire102
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)1645
Fall from height514442
Animal related444
Lifting and handling injuries253169182
Physical assault393726
Slip, trip or fall220170157
Struck against561528
Struck by moving vehicle241812
Struck by object1076647
Trapped by something collapsing140

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Other claims we handle

Medical negligence in Wakefield

When someone is injured as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened rather than starting an injury claim. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Trust HQ and Education Centre, Aberford Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

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Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that range from noise induced hearing loss to pleural thickening.

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Wakefield serious injury compensation claims

Quittance's team recognise the critical change an injury claim will make to the lives of people affected by severe injury.

Quittance's panel of lawyers work to achieve the maximum compensation for severe injury and illness. This includes claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Quittance's network of solicitor firms correspond with the other side's legal representatives, doctors and health professionals and insurance providers to make sure families impacted by severe accidents get medical and financial support. Injury and illness held by the Courts to be serious include cancer and cerebral palsy.

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Slip and trip injuries

HSE statistics emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most common accident at work in West Yorkshire in 2015. They are sometimes related to injuries categorised as something else for instance being hit by moving machinery, a fall from a ladder or a toxic substance accident. Public place (Wakefield local authority) legal claims for injuries like broken wrists occurring on potholes are also quite common with pavement trips having occurred in the area.

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Wakefield 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 Wakefield and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Wakefield, from relatively minor claims to serious road injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their success rate in winning claims and their years 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 your solicitors have of handling claims in Wakefield?

We are a national panel of award winning solicitors that assists people in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and across the UK, get compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout West Yorkshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from factory accidents to cycling accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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FAQs

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

Finding the best injury lawyer for you

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from many months for less serious injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is an important first step.

Do you need to go with a local lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is less relevant as cases are conducted by phone and email.

However, you should select a solicitors practice that offers a national network as you will usually have to go to a medical assessment.

See - Do I have to attend a medical?

The diversity in success fees and insurance premiums charged by firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is significant.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of ?67,114 for severe knee injuries can vary from ?40,268 to ?57,046.

Further reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Reviews for injury lawyers in Wakefield

Talking to a solicitor about your case is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service taken by individual firms.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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