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

If either you or a member of your family have been hurt in an accident, we can help you make a compensation claim.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you sustained an injury:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. Practically speaking, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the circumstances of your accident, the location of the injury or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.

It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim. Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury 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 calculator

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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Chesterfield road accident claims

Chesterfield cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians have the right to start a claim for compensation if they have been hurt as the result of someone else's actions.

Regardless of whether you have been hurt in a crash at a junction, or were involved in a hit-and-run on Chesterfield's roads, Quittance's road accident compensation guide explains what you need to know about how to get started.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Chesterfield

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp employed via an agency, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Health and Safety data underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of injury at work in Derbyshire in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are quite often related to accidents categorised as something else e.g. being hit by a falling object or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like bruised legs occurring on poorly maintained paths are also common with kerb stone trips having happened on Market Place.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

When a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want closure or answers as opposed to financial damages. For example, to raise a complaint against Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Top Road, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Further information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

We recognise the vital difference a compensation claim will make to people whose lives have been impacted by severe injury. By reducing the financial stress a serious or catastrophic injury puts on a claimant and their dependants, a compensation claim helps claimants to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation.

Further information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Chesterfield 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, Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield, Derbyshire 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

Take the first steps towards compensation

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

Have the solicitors handled many Chesterfield claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of specialist personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Derbyshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to accidents due to poor road conditions.

Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Will you need to select a local lawyer ?

The location of a solicitors office is not particularly important as cases are typically conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to instruct a solicitors' firm that provides national medical coverage as you will need to attend an independent medical examination.

Read Chesterfield solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary to a large extent.

Reading reviews is a great place to start if you are mulling over which lawyer to go with.

Read more Personal injury lawyer reviews

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 ankle injuries causing some permanent problems could vary between £11,110 and £21,505 (based on 2015 market research).

What are the road accident statistics in Chesterfield

Accidents involving vehicles in Chesterfield are common. Official statistics show a total of 830 accidents (754 slight accidents, 75 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Derbyshire local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 858. Accidents in the Chesterfield region in 2013 included crashes on the A61 and A617 roundabout and on the A61 and B6050 roundabout.

Quittance's panel of skilled no win no fee legal advisors have years of experience in achieving the best general and special damages for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Chesterfield.

What are the Chesterfield work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019 accident at work data for the Chesterfield Local Authority (2013/14) was available in accordance with regulations by the Health and Saftey Executive and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Chesterfield Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Not Known10
Electric shock injury1
Machinery related injury10
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)2
Fall from height (scaffolding)12
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)1
Lifting and carrying29
Assault6
Slip or trip35
Struck against3
Struck by moving vehicle1
Struck by object20
Trapped underneath something1

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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