A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Widnes or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can manage your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, we can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such cases.

To win a Widnes personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Beginning your claim sooner will enable the solicitor to collect useful supporting evidence.

How much compensation could I get?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of points. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Widnes

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from gardeners to translators, to claim injury compensation. Work injury statistics in the Halton local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Work accidents in Halton Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury100
Machinery related4123
Fire related010
Harmful substance related656
Fall from height202015
Animal related121
Physical assault10710
Slip, trip, fall same level856068
Struck against1187
Struck by moving vehicle1177
Hit by object323327
Trapped by something collapsing120

For more information: Injured at work compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Widnes

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of no win no fee personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in negotiating optimum awards for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Widnes.

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Widnes are relatively common. Official statistics reveal a total of 347 accidents (307 slight accidents, 39 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Halton local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 376. Incidents in Widnes in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A5080 and B5419 junction and on the dual carriageway of the A557 and A562 other junction.

For more information: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Recorded figures show that slips and trips are the single most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Cheshire. Slips, trips and falls are typically lead to accidents categorised as something else like being hit by an object falling from a machine, being trapped by something or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like strained muscles experienced on spillages are also quite prevalent with street trips having happened in the local area.

Industrial disease

Litigators can help with claiming compensation for industrial illness that range from NIHL to siderosis.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Medical negligence in Widnes

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want closure as opposed to starting an injury claim. You can contact Trust Headquarters Redesmere, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire, for example, to make a formal complaint against Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Serious injury

Quittance understand the change a successful claim makes to the lives of seriously injured claimants. A claim should ease the financial load and reduce the pressure on an injured person enabling them to focus on recovery.

For more information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Widnes 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 Widnes and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Widnes, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

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

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

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Widnes, Cheshire and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of claimants throughout Cheshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents on building sites.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for you is critical for your needs

Compensation for a compensation claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be settled. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), however service levels can vary.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Reviews for injury lawyers in Widnes

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

The disparity in the level of success fees and insurance premiums charged by firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements often surprises claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of ?93,956 for severe leg injuries might vary from ?56,373 to ?79,862.

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Does the location of the solicitor matter?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

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 medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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