Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

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Every year, we help hundreds of people in York, North Yorkshire and across the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim?

If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you should be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have 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, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances, the quantum of the claim or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.

We can verify whether you have a valid claim over the phone. Speak to a legally trained expert 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 York

York road users should be able to claim injury compensation if they are injured due to someone else's carelessness.

Regardless of whether you sustained an injury as a pedestrian, or have been hurt in a car accident on York's roads, our expert guide explains how to start a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in York

If you have been injured as a result of your employer's actions, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whether you are an employee, self-employed or even on a zero-hours contract, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Public place 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.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

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

Other types of claim

York 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, York 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 York, North Yorkshire 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 here to help

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 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.

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.

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.

Find out more 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.

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?".

What are the road accident statistics in York

The 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.

Work accident statistics in York

The latest 2019 injury and illness figures for the York Local Authority (2013/14) 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)Reported Injuries
Unspecified35
Electric shock2
Machinery related injury10
Exposed to explosion0
Fire related0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)4
Fall from height (ladder)18
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)2
Manual handling50
Physical assault13
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)65
Struck against5
Struck by moving vehicle5
Hit by object18
Trapped under falling object1

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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