A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Whitehaven or anywhere else in the UK, our expert injury solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 13, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

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Key criteria

Injury claims must be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in the majority of cases.

For most claims, there are three elements to making a successful claim. It must be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Starting your claim as soon as possible will allow your solicitor to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

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How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Whitehaven

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of specialist road traffic accident (RTA) litigators have vast experience in securing optimum damages for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Whitehaven.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Whitehaven are quite common. Official statistics show a total of 1676 accidents (1437 slight accidents, 212 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cumbria local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,932. Incidents in Whitehaven in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A5094 and A5095 junction and on the single carriageway of the A5094 and A595 junction.

Further information: Road traffic accident claims

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Work accident claims in Whitehaven

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from nurses to volunteer work organisers, to claim compensation from their employer. Work injury figures in the Whitehaven local authority are listed under RIDDOR legislation by the HSE as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Copeland Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Other21128
Electrocution100
Machinery related202
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)100
Fall from height253
Injured by an animal410
Lifting and handling injuries341912
Physical assault356
Slip, trip or fall392024
Struck against133
Struck by moving vehicle203
Hit by object12106

Further information: Accident at work compensation claims

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Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially recorded statistics indicate that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Cumbria in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are typically the initiators of injuries attributed to other causes like being hit by an object falling from a machine, being trapped by something or a river drowning accident. Public liability litigation for injuries like fractured vertebrae experienced on obstructed walkways are also quite common with kerb stone trips having happened in the local area.

Medical and clinical negligence in Whitehaven

Medical negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness due to a doctor or other health worker's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial compensation. You can write to Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria, for example, to make a formal complaint against Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with securing compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from respiratory diseases to pleural thickening.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury

The long-term impact of serious and catastrophic injury will be acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when calculating how much compensation to pay. Quittance's team fight to get the maximum compensation for serious injury and illness. This includes compensation for physiotherapy and treatment.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

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Whitehaven 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 Whitehaven and throughout the UK.

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

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Meet the team

Our national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Whitehaven and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected for their track record in recovering compensation, QLS's solicitors have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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 winning claims in Whitehaven?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in Whitehaven, Cumbria and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of claimants throughout Cumbria seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including injuries sustained at work and accidents on public transport.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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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.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Finding the most suitable solicitors' practice to represent you is your most important step towards negotiating the highest compensation award for your accident.

With some 27 offices within 25 miles of Whitehaven (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015) - what is the best way to make sure you instruct the best law firm to advise you?

Read Whitehaven solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by lawyers can differ considerably.

Reading reviews is a great place to start if you are deciding which lawyer to choose.

See Quittance reviews

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 severe knee injuries, for example, ranges from ?56,375 to ?77,770 (based on 2015 market data).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Do you need a local Whitehaven injury lawyer ?

The location of the law firm is not so relevant as injury cases now tend to be run by phone and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a solicitors practice that provides national medical coverage as you will almost always have to go to a medical exam.

Further reading - Do you have 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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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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