A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in West Kirby or anywhere in the UK, our expert solicitors will assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 19, 2016

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

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury A claim must usually be made within three years of an injury.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as noise-induced deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be proven 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 will explain how your claim will relate to each of these points.

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How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of points. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in West Kirby

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from office workers to travel agents, to seek financial compensation. Work accident data in the Wirral local authority are published under RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive:

Workplace accidents in Wirral Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Undefined343826
Electric shock injury220
Machinery related1378
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)100
Exposed to fire121
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)742
Fall from height352121
Injured by an animal222
Lifting and handling injuries1308357
Assault241717
Slip, trip, fall same level13411697
Struck against27178
Struck by moving vehicle524
Hit by object323726
Trapped under falling object211

For more information: Work injury compensation claims

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Road traffic accident claims in West Kirby

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in West Kirby are quite common. Official statistics show 4 fatal accidents, 122 serious accidents and 589 slight accidents in 2013 in Wirral (Total events were 715 local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 733. Accidents in West Kirby in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A540 and B5139 junction and on the single carriageway of the A540 and B5141 junction.

Quittance's network of certified no win no fee injury lawyers have years of experience in achieving maximum compensation for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in West Kirby.

For more information: Road accident claims

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Other types of claim

Clinical and medical negligence in West Kirby

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you just want the hospital to explain what happened rather than claiming compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can write to Aintree University Hospital, Lower Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from respiratory diseases to siderosis.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Recorded figures stress the fact that employee slips and trips are the single most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Merseyside workplace in 2014/15. These types of accident are often connected to injuries categorised as another type of accident for instance being hit by machinery or an electrical discharge accident. Public place negligence claims injuries such as broken wrists happening on obstructed pathways are also quite common with pavement trips having occurred in the local area.

Serious injury

We recognise the vital difference a successful claim makes to severely injured Claimants. A claim will lessen the financial load and take the pressure off a Claimant and their family so they can prioritise rehabilitation.

Our panel of solicitor firms have for many years aided Claimants impacted by serious accidents and injuries.

For more information: Serious injury compensation

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West Kirby 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 West Kirby and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet our team

Our nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in West Kirby, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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
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What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in West Kirby?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in West Kirby, Merseyside and throughout the UK, get compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Merseyside seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents in the office to whiplash.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as stress-free 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 the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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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.

Locating the right personal injury solicitor

It can take several months for most claims to reach a settlement. Injury claims for very serious injury or illness can take years in some circumstances. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in West Kirby - What to consider

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

The diversity in the level of success fees between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements can have a significant impact on your compensation.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?101,957 for spinal cord damage could vary from ?61,174 to ?86,663.

Additional reading Compare solicitors

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a lawyer near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed 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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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