A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Windermere or anywhere else in the UK, our injury solicitors will manage your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is important.

To win a Windermere personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • 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

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

Calculate my compensation

The level of compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of factors. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Windermere

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for injured claimants, from members of the air force to tour operators, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Work accident data in the South Lakeland local authority made available under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE as follows:

Work accidents in South Lakeland Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known171121
Machinery related1056
Exposed to explosion201
Fire related (e.g. burns)102
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)510
Fall from height231018
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)202
Manual handling592731
Physical assault842
Slip, trip, fall same level544339
Struck against945
Struck by moving vehicle122
Hit by falling object151513
Trapped underneath something001

Find out more: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Windermere

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claim

Other types of claim

Medical negligence in Windermere

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

Slips, trips and falls

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.

Windermere serious injury claims

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

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses that range from industrial deafness to solvent exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Windermere 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 Windermere and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Windermere, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.

To meet more of the Quittance 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 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.

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 lawyer

Selecting a suitable personal injury solicitor for your case is the most important step towards obtaining the highest compensation award for your illness or injuries.

With over 75 offices within 25 miles of Windermere (according to the SRA database) - what is the best way to make certain you select the most appropriate firm to help you?

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?".

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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