We know how an injury can affect your life
If either you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.
Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
Every year, we help hundreds of people in York, North Yorkshire and across the UK get the compensation they need.
How did your injury happen?
Depending on how your injury happened, the compensation claims process will vary. A specialist solicitor will guide you through the stages of making a claim.
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 other factors that could affect my right to claim?
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 376 1001. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant Claim Checker.
What if I was injured as a child?
Claimants who were injured as a child have until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own behalf. An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.
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.
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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my 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:
Road accident claims in York
Department of Transport data reveals there were 346 road accidents in York in 2021, including 283 slight accidents, 59 accidents and 4 fatal accidents. 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.
If you have been injured on York's roads, or anywhere in the UK, you may be entitled to claim compensation. An injury claim may be possible if you were injured:
- As driver or passenger
- On a motorbike or bicycle
- As a pedestrian
- On public transport
Regardless of whether you sustained an injury as a pedestrian, or have been hurt in a car accident, our expert guide explains how to start a road accident claim.
York work injury claims
In 2021, there were 138 non-fatal work accidents and 0 fatalities in York.
|HSE-reported work accidents in York||Reported Injuries|
|Machinery related injury||4%|
|Exposed to explosion||0%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)||2%|
|Fall from height (ladder)||8%|
|Animal related (e.g. dog bites)||1%|
|Slip, trip or fall (not from height)||29%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||2%|
|Hit by object||8%|
|Trapped under falling object||0%|
If you have been injured as a result of your employer's actions, you may be legally entitled to make a claim.
By law, all employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a mechanic or a motorcycle courier, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful no win, no fee claim.
York medical negligence claims
When a patient suffers an injury or illness due to a consultant or other health professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust covering York, including York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (The York Hospital, Wigginton Road, York, North Yorkshire).
York public place injury claims
There is a legal duty on the owners (occupiers) of premises to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors.
Whether you were injured when travelling by train or in a car park, and a third party caused your accident, you could be able to start an injury claim.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place, we can help.
Compensation for serious injuries
Compensation claims for injuries considered to be serious (catastrophic) typically include paraplegia, spinal and brain damage and amputations, and can also include other injuries and chronic conditions.
If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.
Our panel of catastrophic injury lawyers will help coordinate with medical professionals and insurance providers to ensure you get the care and financial support you need.
Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?
When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.
Before you start your claim, you can speak to a trained injury claims advisor about your options.
When you decide to go ahead, the next step is to discuss your case with an expert solicitor. Your solicitor will handle every stage of your claim and will be there to answer any questions you have.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in York and cross the UK.
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Frequently asked questions
Has Quittance helped many claimants in York?
Whether you live in York, North Yorkshire, or elsewhere in the UK, we can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim.
Whether your injury occurred due to your employer's negligence or due to clinical negligence we will ensure your case is handled by an expert, specialist solicitor.
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.
York personal injury solicitor reviews
All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary. Online reviews and word of mouth will help you choose the best solicitor for your needs.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, 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 for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.