Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?
If your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, we can help.
If your injuries were caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation.
We have helped injured claimants in Wigan, Greater Manchester and throughout the UK. We can help you claim the compensation you need to fund your recovery.
How were you injured?
The claims process is different, depending on how and where you were injured. Personal injury solicitors tend to specialise in specific types of claim.
For more information, see:
Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?
You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other points to consider?
Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or whether the defendant is uninsured.
If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Injury Claim Checker.
Can I claim compensation on behalf of a child?
If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf.
Anyone who was injured either during their birth or as a child can start a claim themselves once they turn 18 years old.
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.
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 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
- 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:
Road accident claims in Wigan
Accidents on Wigan's roads are relatively common. Official gov.uk data shows there were 296 road accidents in Wigan in 2021 (230 slight accidents, 63 accidents and 3 fatal accidents). 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.
If you've been injured in a road traffic accident in Wigan, or anywhere else in the UK, we understand the pain and suffering you may be going through. If your injuries were caused by another driver, cyclist, pedestrian or any other road user, you may be entitled to claim no win, no fee compensation.
Regardless of whether you have been involved in a hit-and-run, or have been hurt in a car accident, our guide sets out what you need to do to start a road accident claim.
Work accident claims in Wigan
In 2021, there were 223 non-fatal work accidents and 0 fatalities in Wigan.
|Wigan work accidents (HSE)||Reported Injuries|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. exposure to teflon fumes)||2%|
|Fall from height||9%|
|Animal related (e.g. veterinary)||0%|
|Slip, trip or fall (not from height)||26%|
|Hit by vehicle||2%|
|Struck by object||11%|
|Trapped by something collapsing||1%|
You may be eligible to make a work accident claim if you've been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.
Whether you were injured while working as a care home worker or a courier, our work accident claim guide explains your rights and to make a successful claim.
Clinical negligence claims in Wigan
When a person is injured due to the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. We can help you make a claim against any of the clinics and NHS trusts covering Wigan.
Occupiers liability injury claims in Wigan
Owners and operators (occupiers) of publicly accessible premises have a duty of care to ensure the safety of anyone on their property.
Whether you have been injured on public transport or in a gymnasium, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
If you have been injured in an accident in public, we can help you make a public place accident claim for financial compensation.
Serious injury compensation claims
A serious (catastrophic) injury is where a claimant's quality of life is impaired to the extent where they are forced to make permanent changes to their daily life. Serious injuries typically include paraplegia, spinal and brain damage and amputations, but could also include injuries affecting the senses, cancer and other diseases arising from exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals.
Personal injury solicitors understand the importance of focussing on treatment and recovery. Your solicitor will take care of the legal process and will coordinate with medical professionals and insurance companies at every stage of the claim.
Will I have to visit my solicitor's office in person?
Personal injury claims are conducted remotely. This means you won't have to travel to your solicitor's office when making a claim.
A friendly advisor will talk to you about what happened on a brief phone call. Your advisor can then confirm if you may have a claim, but there is no obligation to proceed.
Whenever you are ready, you can speak to a solicitor. They will address any questions you have, and will take care of each stage of the claims process until you recieve your compensation.
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 Wigan and cross the UK.
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Has Quittance helped many Wigan injury claimants?
We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Wigan, Greater Manchester, or anywhere in the UK.
Regardless of whether you were hurt due to medical negligence or in a road traffic accident, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.
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.
Wigan solicitor reviews
All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, but service levels vary considerably.
Personal recommendations and online reviews will make it easier find the right solicitor for your claim.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, 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 for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.