A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you are based in Chapeltown or anywhere in the UK, our expert injury solicitors can handle your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

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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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Injury claims should usually be made within three years of the date of the injury.

For most claims, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Making your claim as soon as possible will allow the solicitor to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

What is my claim worth?

The total compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Work accident claims in Chapeltown

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from soldiers to clinical research associates, to claim injury compensation. Work injury statistics in the Sheffield local authority are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in Sheffield Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury431
Machinery related363039
Explosion related011
Exposed to fire421
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)1949
Fall from height (ladder)624151
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)743
Manual handling261177153
Physical assault273030
Slip, trip, fall same level266220169
Struck against282814
Struck by moving vehicle1778
Struck by object1178578
Crushed by something collapsing332

Read more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Chapeltown

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of proficient no win, no fee injury solicitors have vast experience in securing the best damages for claimants hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Chapeltown.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Chapeltown are relatively commonplace. Official statistics reveal 7 fatal accidents, 162 serious accidents and 1303 slight accidents in 2013 in Sheffield (Total events were 1472 local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,665. Incidents in the Chapeltown area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A629 and B6087 junction and on the single carriageway of the A6135 and B6087 crossroads.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Recorded data indicate that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in South Yorkshire. These types of accident are quite often the cause of injuries recorded in another category, such as being hit by an object falling from a building or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability litigation for injuries like broken collarbones occurring on slippery pavements are also quite common with recent slips having occurred on Hartley Brook Rd and on Bellhouse Rd.

Serious injury lawyers in Chapeltown

We recognise the critical difference compensation will make to people who have been impacted by major injury. Quittance work hard for maximum compensation for major injuries, which includes compensation for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Our panel of law firms work with medical practitioners, the legal system and insurance providers ensuring families affected by serious accidents get the legal and medical support they need. Injuries considered by the Courts to be serious include birth negligence, back injuries and poisoning.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Chapeltown

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial compensation. You can write to Gawber Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, for example, to make a complaint against Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Chapeltown 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 Chapeltown and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet the team

Our national panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Chapeltown and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their professionalism.

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

Have Quittance solicitors won many injury claims in Chapeltown?

We are a nationwide network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists people in Chapeltown, South Yorkshire and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across South Yorkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and injuries sustained at work.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer

Identifying the best solicitor for your legal case is the most important step towards successfully claiming the best compensation award.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Chapeltown - how do you ensure you choose the best company to take on your case?

Read Chapeltown solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by injury lawyers vary enormously.

Online reviews can certainly be helpful if you are mulling over which solicitor best serves your needs.

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Are Chapeltown claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a law firm near you.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

The difference in success fees and insurance premiums between different solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements is enormous.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person awarded ?79,483 for serious neck injuries involving fractures or damage to discs could conceivably vary from ?47,690 to ?67,561.

Additional reading How much can you claim?

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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