A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Wigton or anywhere in the country, Quittance can help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 20, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Compensation claims should, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it should be demonstrated that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that the Defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Making your claim as soon as possible should enable your lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

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Injury claims calculator

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives you a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Wigton

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Wigton are relatively common with a total of 1676 accidents (1437 slight accidents, 212 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cumbria local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,932.

Our network of specialist no win, no fee injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in fighting for the highest general and special damages for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Wigton.

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Work accident claims in Wigton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped Claimants, from catering assistants to veterinary nurses, to claim work accident compensation. Injury and illness information in the Allerdale local authority are published in accordance with regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Work accidents in Allerdale Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined21158
Electrocution100
Machinery related324
Fire related (e.g. scars)200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)222
Fall from height (ladder)1599
Lifting432223
Physical assault735
Slip, trip or fall312333
Struck against533
Hit by vehicle330
Hit by object91215
Crushed by something collapsing113

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Wigton specialists for serious injury compensation claims

The Quittance team recognise the vital change a compensation claim makes to people whose lives have been affected by catastrophic and serious injury. By limiting the pressure a serious or catastrophic injury places on an injured Claimant and their dependants, injury compensation allows Claimants to focus on their recovery.

Quittance's network of expert lawyers have helped families recover compensation for a wide range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious include major surgical negligence, spinal cord damage and chemical poisoning.

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Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially reported statistics stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury at work in Cumbria and the UK. Slips and trips are frequently related to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by hand tools in use, being trapped by something or a toxic substance accident. Public place (Allerdale local authority) negligence claims injuries such as bruised legs experienced on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with slips and trips having happened in the local area.

Medical and clinical negligence in Wigton

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when someone suffers injury or illness due to a consultant or other health professional's lack of care. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for a detailed explanation of what happened rather than starting an injury claim. You can contact Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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Industrial disease

Lawyers can help with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from chemical poisoning to siderosis (welders lung).

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Wigton No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Wigton and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the team

Our national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Wigton, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their knowledge and expertise.

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 is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Wigton?

Quittance is a national panel of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists people in Wigton, Cumbria and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Cumbria seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including pedestrian accidents and injuries sustained from a fall at work.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Locating the right injury lawyer for your claim

Choosing the best lawyer for your legal case is a crucial step towards successfully claiming the best compensation award for your injuries.

With over 75 offices within 25 miles of Wigton (SRA 2015 figures) - what is the best way to make certain you instruct the most appropriate legal practice for your needs?

Will I need to choose a local injury lawyer ?

Going for a local lawyers office is not so critical as injury cases are normally run by phone, post and email.

However, you should go with a company that has medical facilities near you as you will need to go to a medical examination.

More on - Will I have to attend a medical?

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For a fractured femur, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?7,370 to ?11,385 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

Comparing Wigton personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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