Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If either your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, we can help.

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent driver, employer or any other party, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.

We have helped injured people in Whitehaven, Cumbria and across the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred.

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or how close to the claim limitation date you are.

We can give you a clearer answer over the phone. Speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Injury Claim Checker.

How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

How much can I claim?

Whitehaven road accident claims

You can claim compensation if you were injured as a driver or passenger and another road user was liable. You can also claim compensation if you were injured as a motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian.

Whether you were hurt in a collision on a roundabout, or were involved as a pedestrian, our team can help. Our useful guide explains what you need to do to make a road accident compensation claim.

Read more:

Road accident compensation claims

Whitehaven work injury claims

If you have been injured as a result of your employer's negligence, you have the right to make a claim.

Employers owe a duty of care to their staff. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a vehicle technician or a school teacher, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

Read more:

Claim work accident compensation

Whitehaven medical negligence claims

Medical negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness due to a doctor or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against one of the clinics and NHS trusts responsible for Whitehaven, including Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria).

Read more:

Clinical negligence compensation

Whitehaven occupiers liability accident claims

An individual or company that owns or occupies a property has a legal duty of care to the people who visit it.

Whether you have been injured on land maintained by the local authority or on a station platform, you could be able to claim compensation.

If you've been in an accident in a public area, our panel of personal injury solicitors can help you.

Read more:

Occupier's liability injury claims

Compensation for serious injuries

A serious or catastrophic injury is defined as an injury that results in a life-changing disability. Serious injuries typically include head, brain and spinal injuries, but could also include injuries arising from medical negligence or pharmaceutical error.

We understand how vital catastrophic injury compensation can be, helping you to focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. A claim will help to ease the financial burden, stress and uncertainty following a serious accident.

Read more:

Catastrophic injury compensation

Whitehaven No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Whitehaven injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Whitehaven, Cumbria and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer before the claim process starts.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure you will have nothing to pay.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Whitehaven and cross the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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?

What are the road accident statistics in Whitehaven

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.

What are the Whitehaven work accident statistics?

The most up to date 2019 work injury figures in the Copeland Local Authority (2013/14) are listed under RIDDOR legislation by the HSE as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Copeland Local AuthorityReported Injuries
Other8
Electrocution0
Machinery related2
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)0
Fall from height3
Injured by an animal0
Lifting and handling injuries12
Physical assault6
Slip, trip or fall24
Struck against3
Struck by moving vehicle3
Hit by object6

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor