Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became ill due to another party's negligence, we're here to help.

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Every year, we help injured claimants in Windermere, Cumbria and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim compensation?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you suffered an illness or injury:

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

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful claim will be possible, including the accident circumstances, whether there is an untraceable defendant or whether causation can be established.

We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Claim Checker:

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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

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:

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Road accident claims in Windermere

Drivers should be able to claim compensation if they are injured on Windermere's roads as the result of someone else's actions.

Whether you were hurt in a collision at a junction, or were injured in a hit-and-run on Windermere's roads, Quittance's guide to road accident claims sets out what you need to know about the claims process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Windermere

If you have sustained an injury at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.

Whether you are an employee, self-employed or even on a zero-hours contract, our work injury claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Health and Saftey Executive figures stress the fact that employee slips and trips are, by some degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Cumbria. These types of accident are frequently the cause of injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by hand tools in use, a crush injury from something overturning or an electrical discharge accident. Public place accident claims injuries like cheekbone fractures happening on raised flagstones are also common with falls having happened in the area.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for closure or answers instead of a compensation award. You can write to Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The Courts recognise that a serious injury can have a significant impact on a claimant and their dependants. Quittance's team fight for compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, including claiming for medical expenses and care costs.

Quittance's network of lawyers have for many years aided families affected by severe accidents. Injuries and medical conditions which are considered to be catastrophic or serious include major surgical negligence, radiation exposure and eye injuries.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Other types of claim

Windermere No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Windermere injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

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

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your 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.

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 there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

We are Quittance Legal Services

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Quittance's track record of claims in Windermere?

Quittance is a national network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Windermere, Cumbria and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Cumbria get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and accidents in the office.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

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.

Check Windermere personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by solicitors can vary.

Reviews can be revealing when contemplating which lawyer to act for you.

Find out more - Personal injury solicitors reviews

Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a law firm near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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

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 a very severe ankle injury, for example, ranges from £40,480 to £56,320 (based on 2015 market data).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

What are the road accident statistics in Windermere

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Windermere are not uncommon. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 1676 accidents (1437 slight accidents, 212 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cumbria local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,932.

Quittance's network of specialist lawyers are experienced in securing the best settlements for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Windermere.

Windermere work accident statistics

The most recent 2019 work accident data in the South Lakeland Local Authority (2013/14) was available under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE as follows:

Work accidents in South Lakeland Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Not Known21
Machinery related6
Exposed to explosion1
Fire related (e.g. burns)2
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)0
Fall from height18
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)2
Manual handling31
Physical assault2
Slip, trip, fall same level39
Struck against5
Struck by moving vehicle2
Hit by falling object13
Trapped underneath something1

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

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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