A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

No matter whether you are based in York or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors are able to take on your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 21, 2016

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

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

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be shown that:

  • The Defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The Defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Your solicitor can take you through each of these key points and should look at how they apply in your case.

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How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in York

Worker injured in accident

We have helped Claimants injured at work, from warehouse assistants to town and country planners, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Injury and illness figures for the York local authority are published in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in York Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Unspecified434435
Electric shock122
Machinery related injury8810
Exposed to explosion010
Fire related100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)1144
Fall from height (ladder)282318
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)152
Manual handling1085650
Physical assault381513
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)976865
Struck against1485
Struck by moving vehicle525
Hit by object302218
Trapped under falling object001

Find out more: Work injury claim

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Road traffic accident claims in York

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of professional solicitors are experienced in securing the highest damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car accident in York.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in York are relatively frequent. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 521 accidents (463 slight accidents, 58 serious accidents and fatal accidents) in 2013 in York local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 583. Incidents in the York area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the one way street of the A1036 and A19 other junction and on the single carriageway of the B1227 and A1036 junction.

Find out more: Road accident compensation claim

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical and clinical negligence in York

When a patient suffers injury or illness due to a consultant or other health professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you only want closure instead of starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to The York Hospital, Wigginton Road, York, North Yorkshire.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Government figures show that slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent accident at work in 2015. Slips and trips are sometimes related to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being hit by an object falling from a building, when supporting another person or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries like facial scarring happening on obstructed footpaths are also quite prevalent with recent kerb stone trips having occurred in the local area.

Serious injury specialists in York

We understand the vital change an injury claim will make to severely injured Claimants. Compensation should lessen the financial load and reduce the pressure on an injured Claimant enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help Claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that range from industrial deafness to solvent exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

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York 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 York and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in York, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their specialist expertise and their track record in winning claims.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience do you have of claims in York?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of expert solicitors that assists people injured in York, North Yorkshire and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

Last year, we helped 100's of claimants across North Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to building site accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

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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 choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your illness or injury

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be agreed. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is an important first step.

Will I need to select a local solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the solicitor is not so relevant as injury cases are normally conducted remotely.

You will need to select a company that has national medical coverage as Claimants will be expected to attend a medical exam.

Read about - Can I attend a medical centre near me?

Read York solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary significantly.

Online reviews can be informative when weighing up which solicitor to choose and which considerations are most important to you.

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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.

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 moderate hearing loss, for example, ranges from ?12,100 to ?23,980 (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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