A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in Wigan or anywhere in the country, we can are able to take on your claim and we will always set up a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a injury claim?

Updated: September 12, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, Quittance can assist you with an injury claim.

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Compensation claims should usually be made within a three-year window.

For most claims, there are three key components to making a successful claim. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

In all cases, answers and invaluable guidance will be provided by a free phone consultation with a Wigan-specialist solicitor.

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Calculate your compensation

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded depends on a number of factors. Our online claim calculator gives an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Wigan

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Wigan are relatively common. Official statistics reveal a total of 465 accidents (400 slight accidents, 61 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Wigan local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 448. Accidents in Wigan in 2013 included traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A49 and A571 junction and on the single carriageway of the A49 and A577 crossroads.

Quittance's panel of skilled road traffic accident solicitors have a wealth of experience in fighting for maximum general and special damages for anyone injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Wigan.

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Work accident claims in Wigan

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for contractors, self employed or employed Claimants, from kitchen workers to systems developers, to claim compensation. Accident information in the Wigan local authority reported in accordance with legislation by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Wigan Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Other424734
Electrocution400
Machinery related15136
Explosion related130
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. exposure to Teflon fumes)1035
Fall from height212228
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)011
Manual handling1458481
Assault271931
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)1219886
Struck against16913
Hit by vehicle7125
Struck by object463036
Trapped by something collapsing213

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical negligence in Wigan

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want answers rather than injury compensation. You can contact Headquarters - Bevan House, 17 Beecham Court, Smithy Brook Road, Wigan, Lancashire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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Serious injury

The impact of serious and catastrophic injury is understood by the Courts when they are calculating how much compensation to pay. Quittance's panel of specialist solicitors work for compensation for severe injury and illness, which includes claiming for medical and care costs. Our panel of expert solicitor firms have helped Claimants collect damages for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries referred to as serious and catastrophic range from eye injuries to birth negligence.

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Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from mesothelioma to silicosis.

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Slip, trip and fall accidents

Reported statistics underscore the fact that slips and trips are by far the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Greater Manchester. These types of accident are sometimes lead to accidents categorised as another type of accident for instance being hit by machinery, being trapped by something or an electrocution accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like broken collarbones suffered on slippery pavements are also common with recent dislodged paving slab trips having happened in the local area.

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Wigan No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Wigan and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet the team

The national panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Wigan, from fast track cases to serious road injury claims. Selected for their success rate in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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 experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Wigan?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people in Wigan, Greater Manchester and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Greater Manchester seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from pedestrian accidents to workplace accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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FAQs

Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Help for injured people seeking a solicitor

Instructing the best injury lawyer to help you is a key step towards getting the best compensation settlement.

How can you make certain you instruct the ideal one to represent you?

The difference in the level of success fees charged by solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is an important consideration for Claimants.

As an example the amount retained by a Claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?56,391 for very serious leg injuries leaving permanent problems might vary from ?33,834 to ?47,932.

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Check Wigan solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by solicitors, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Researching reviews can be helpful if you are deciding which solicitor best serves your needs.

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Are Wigan Claimants restricted to only local law firms?

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.

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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