A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Castle Donington or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert lawyers will take on your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Check my claim online

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.

Calculate my injury claim

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Injury claims should be made within three years of the date of the injury in the majority of cases.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

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

Your lawyer should look at how your injury claim will relate to each of these points.

How much compensation could I get?

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use claim calculator gives you an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

Calculate my injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Castle Donington

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Castle Donington are reasonably common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 1889 accidents (1703 slight accidents, 162 serious accidents and 24 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Leicestershire local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,915.

Quittance's group of proficient lawyers have a wealth of experience in obtaining optimum damages for claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Castle Donington.

For more information: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Castle Donington

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from dental nurses to commissioning editors, to claim injury compensation. Work injury figures for the Castle Donington local authority reported in accordance with legislation by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

Work accidents in North West Leicestershire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock120
Machinery related injury966
Fire related010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)411
Fall from height23917
Injured by an animal200
Lifting and handling injuries966151
Physical assault686
Slip, trip or fall644343
Struck against8123
Struck by moving vehicle264
Struck by object351822

For more information: Work accident claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Castle Donington solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

The Quittance team understand the change a successful claim can make to the lives of severely injured claimants. Quittance's network of specialist solicitors fight to achieve compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions, including reimbursement for physiotherapy and treatment. Our panel of solicitors engage with medical professionals and the Courts, helping to ensure people impacted by major accidents receive legal and medical support. Injuries and illnesses which are considered to be serious and catastrophic include deep vein thrombosis and back injuries.

For more information: Catastrophic injury claims

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in Leicestershire. Slips and trips are often the initiators of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes like being hit by a moving object or a river drowning accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries such as broken wrists occurring on slippery pavements are also common with street falls having happened on Borough Street.

Clinical and medical negligence in Castle Donington

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when someone is injured as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to injury compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to make a formal complaint against Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, you can contact HQ Bridge Park Plaza, Bridge Park Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, Leicestershire.

For more information: Clinical negligence claim

Castle Donington No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Castle Donington and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Castle Donington, from fast track cases to catastrophic injury. Selected for their track record in recovering compensation, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

To meet more of our 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 Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Castle Donington?

We are a nationwide network of expert solicitors that helps people injured in Castle Donington, Leicestershire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Leicestershire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to cycling accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.


Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to over a year for complex cases. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many issues that matter to claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Your legal representative should be someone you can trust throughout your claim to provide both legal guidance and practical advice.

Do I need to select a local solicitor ?

The location of the firm is not particularly critical as injury cases are normally handled by phone and email.

However, you should select a company that provides national medical centres as you will have to attend a medical exam.

The variation in the level of personal injury success fees and ATE premiums between different lawyers is significant.

For instance the amount retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of ?28,332 for vibration white finger affecting causing a change in job could vary from ?16,999 to ?24,082.

Further reading How much can you claim?

Comparing injury solicitors in Castle Donington - online reviews

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to formal and traditional. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert