A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Workington or anywhere in the UK, our expert injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, Quittance can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like industrial deafness may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must demonstrate 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.

Beginning your claim as soon as possible will allow the solicitor to collect useful supporting evidence.

What is my claim worth?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Workington

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from warehouse assistants to tour operators, to claim work accident compensation. Injury and illness figures in the Allerdale local authority collated under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government:

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

See: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Workington

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Workington are common. Officially reported accident data shows 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. Accidents in the Workington area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A596 and A597 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A596 and A66 other junction.

Quittance's panel of best of breed road traffic accident (RTA) injury solicitors have years of experience in fighting for maximum awards for claimants who have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Workington.

See: Road accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical negligence in Workington

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

You can raise a formal complaint if you just want closure or answers instead of financial compensation. You can contact Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Safety statistics show that slips and trips are the single most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Cumbria and the UK. They are frequently forerunner to injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by a runaway vehicle, a fall from a height or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public liability claims for injuries like broken collarbones occurring on obstructed footpaths are also quite prevalent with pothole trips having happened recently.

Workington serious injury claims

We understand the vital change a successful claim will make to people affected by major injury. Our network of expert lawyers work for the maximum compensation for severe injuries, including compensation for the cost of ongoing treatment and care. Our panel of specialist solicitors have helped claimants recover damages for many chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries categorised as catastrophic or serious include back injuries, hydrocarbon poisoning and deep vein thrombosis.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for industrial illness ranging from chemical poisoning to Vibration White Finger.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Workington 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 Workington and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Workington and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their level of specialist experience and their track record in winning cases.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Workington?

We are a UK-wide network of SRA regulated solicitors that helps injured people in Workington, Cumbria and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we helped hundreds of people throughout Cumbria get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents in the office and whiplash.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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.

How to select the best lawyer for your compensation claim

It can take several months for most claims to have a settlement negotiated. Cases where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to rely on at every step of the process to provide legal guidance and practical advice.

Workington personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary.

Reviews can certainly be a good place to start if you are considering which solicitor to work with.

Read Personal injury solicitors reviews

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for serious hand injuries could vary between ?23,430 and ?50,050 (based on 2015 market research).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Are Workington claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a personal injury solicitor near you.

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 network of medical professionals.

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

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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