A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Belper or anywhere in the UK, our expert injury solicitors can assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, we can assist you with an injury claim.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Key criteria

Claims for personal injury compensation should be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in most cases.

Whether claiming for a road accident in Belper, there are three key components to making a successful claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

A short, no-obligation phone call with an expert solicitor can provide answers to your questions and useful guidance.

Calculate your compensation

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Belper

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from construction workers to amenity horticulturists, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident at work data for the Amber Valley local authority made available in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Amber Valley Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock011
Machinery related injury15712
Exposed to explosion100
Fire related (e.g. scars)120
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)310
Fall from height (ladder)191221
Injured by an animal101
Slip, trip, fall same level634539
Struck against8712
Hit by vehicle428
Hit by falling object411925
Trapped underneath something121

See: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Belper

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Belper are relatively commonplace. Government statistics reveal 1 fatal accidents, 75 serious accidents and 754 slight accidents in 2013 in Derbyshire (Total events were 830 local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 858.

Our network of qualified personal injury solicitors have years of experience in achieving the best compensation for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Belper.

See: Road accident claims

Other injury claims

Medical negligence in Belper

When someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened rather than a compensation award, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can write to Top Road, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip and trip injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics expose the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Derbyshire. Slips, trips and falls are frequently lead to accidents attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by an object falling from a ladder or a drowning accident. Public place (Amber Valley local authority) accident claims injuries such as broken shoulders occurring on obstructed footpaths are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on Main St and on Highfield Rd.

Belper lawyers for serious injury compensation

Courts understand that serious injuries can have a life-altering impact on a claimant and their family. Quittance's network of solicitors fight hard for maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions, which includes reimbursement for medical expenses and care costs. Quittance's network of expert solicitor firms work with Courts and insurance providers to make sure people impacted by serious accidents receive medical and financial support.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Belper No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Belper and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Belper and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

Meet the team - click here.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Belper?

We are a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Belper, Derbyshire and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of claimants across Derbyshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents at work.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you?

Instructing the most appropriate legal team to represent you is the most important step towards achieving the highest settlement or award for your injuries.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Belper (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority database), how can you make sure you select the most appropriate law firm for your specific circumstances?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred 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 severe arm injuries could vary between ?77,715 and ?105,875 (based on 2015 market research).

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?".

Are Belper claimants restricted to only local personal injury solicitors?

Many injury lawyers operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Usually, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

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

What should you consider when comparing reviews for solicitors in Belper?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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