A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Wetherby or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury solicitors can manage your claim and we will set up a medical at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Personal injury claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

In most cases, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It must be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Calculate my compensation

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Wetherby

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from catering assistants to tourist information managers, to secure financial compensation awards. Accident statistics for the Leeds local authority made available under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Leeds Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury535
Machinery related513331
Explosion related (e.g. gas)120
Fire related (e.g. scars)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)251613
Fall from height (ladder)1206479
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)18912
Lifting and handling injuries391235263
Physical attack965064
Slip, trip, fall same level432315287
Struck against663834
Struck by moving vehicle212015
Struck by object16312188
Trapped by something collapsing449

See: Injured at work compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Wetherby

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of trained lawyers have years of experience in obtaining maximum general and special damages for claimants injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Wetherby.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Wetherby are reasonably common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 2433 accidents (2139 slight accidents, 279 serious accidents and 15 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Leeds local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,532. Incidents in the Wetherby area in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A659 and A58 junction and on the A58 and A661 roundabout.

See: Road accident compensation

Other injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive statistics underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common cause of injury at work in West Yorkshire and the UK. Slips and trips are often the precursor to injuries categorised as something else like being struck by moving machinery or an asphyxiation accident. Public place (Leeds local authority) litigation for injuries such as broken collarbones sustained on tripping on a street are also common with recent slips having happened in the local area.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to mercury poisoning.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Wetherby

When a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want the hospital to explain what happened instead of claiming compensation. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Serious injury

Quittance recognise the change injury compensation makes to the lives of people who have been affected by major injury. By reducing the pressure a serious or catastrophic injury puts on a claimant and their family, compensation allows people to prioritise their rehabilitation. Our panel of law firms have aided families receive compensation for many major injuries and conditions. Injuries categorised as catastrophic or serious include serious pharmaceutical error, concussion and lung disease.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Wetherby 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 Wetherby and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

Our national panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Wetherby and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their level of experience and their success rate in winning claims.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

Have you handled many Wetherby claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of expert personal injury lawyers that helps people in Wetherby, West Yorkshire and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we helped 100's of injured claimants across West Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including industrial disease and pedestrian accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

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.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your accident?

It can take many months for most claims to have a settlement negotiated. Matters where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take longer. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Look into Wetherby solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Researching online reviews can certainly be enlightening if you are mulling over which solicitor to select.

Read : Solicitor reviews

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for minor eye injuries could vary between ?3,190 and ?7,040 (based on 2015 market research).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Will you need to instruct a local Wetherby lawyer ?

The location of the firm is not very important as cases are normally managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to go with a firm that provides medical facilities near you as you will usually be expected to go to a medical examination.

See - Can I attend a medical centre near me?

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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