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

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

We have helped hundreds of people in Workington, Cumbria and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Can I make a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In practice, several other factors can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or whether the claim is considered to be low-quantum.

We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant 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 Workington

Drivers have the right to make a claim for compensation if they are hurt on Workington's roads because of another party's carelessness.

Whether you have suffered an injury in a motorbike accident, or have been hurt in a crash, we can assist. Quittance's useful guide explains how to start a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Workington

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

Whatever your job, whether you are a chef injured in a kitchen or a paramedic injured in the line of duty, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Injuries in a public place

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.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

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. The 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

Other types of claim

Workington 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, Workington 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 Workington, 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

Speak to an expert

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

How much experience do the 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.

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.

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.

What are the road accident statistics in Workington

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.

What are the Workington work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019 injury and illness figures in the Allerdale Local Authority (2013/14) collated under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government:

Work accidents in Allerdale Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
Undetermined8
Electrocution0
Machinery related4
Fire related (e.g. scarrs)0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)2
Fall from height (ladder)9
Lifting23
Physical assault5
Slip, trip or fall33
Struck against3
Hit by vehicle0
Hit by object15
Crushed by something collapsing3

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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