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

If your life or work has been affected by your injury, we can help.

If your injuries resulted from another person's actions or negligence, you may be able to make a no win, no fee compensation claim.

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 other factors that could affect my right to claim?

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 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker.

Can I claim if I was injured as a child?

You can claim injury compensation yourself, at any time until you are 21 years old, whether you were injured on a playground, at school, or anywhere else. If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf, at any time until the child's 18th birthday.

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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

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:

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Chesterfield road accident claims

Drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians all owe a duty of care to all other road users. If you have been injured as a result of the actions or negligence of another road user, you may be able to start a claim for compensation.

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

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Chesterfield work injury claims

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

Whether you were injured or became ill working as a caterer or a farm worker, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful claim.

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Chesterfield medical negligence claims

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. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from any of the clinics and NHS trusts responsible for Chesterfield, including Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Top Road, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire).

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Chesterfield occupiers liability accident claims

By law, an individual or organisation that owns or occupies a property has a responsibility for the safety of anyone who visits it.

Whether you have been injured in a nightclub or on an uneven pavement, and the owner or occupier of the location was responsible, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and any financial losses.

If you've been hurt in an accident in a public area, we can help you.

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Serious injury compensation

Life-changing injuries that have long term or debilitating effect on your life are referred to as 'serious' injuries. These injuries typically include head or spinal injuries.

A successful claim will reduce the burden of bills and other financial issues, so you and your family can focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert serious injury solicitors work with medical care specialists and insurance providers, to get the rounded support you need.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No.You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical assessment, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery. Our personal injury solicitor panel helps claimants in Chesterfield, and across the UK.

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Chesterfield No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Chesterfield injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal 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.

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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 you will have nothing to pay.

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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 Chesterfield and cross the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance helped many claimants in Chesterfield?

Whether you live in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, or elsewhere in the UK, we can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim.

Whether your injury occurred whilst doing your job or in public we will ensure your case is handled by an expert, specialist solicitor.

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.

Chesterfield personal injury solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary. Online reviews and recommendations from friends and family will make it easier to choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.

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What are the road accident statistics in Chesterfield?

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.

Road accidents in Chesterfield are quite common. Department of Transport data shows there were 1607 road accidents in Derbyshire in 2021, including 1229 slight accidents, 352 accidents and 26 fatalities. Accidents in the Chesterfield region in 2013 included crashes on the A61 and A617 roundabout and on the A61 and B6050 roundabout.

What are the statistics for work accidents in Chesterfield?

According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 87 non-fatal and 0 fatal work-related accidents in Chesterfield. 60 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.

Work accidents in Chesterfield (HSE)Reported Injuries
Not Known8%
Electric shock injury1%
Machinery related injury8%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)2%
Fall from height (scaffolding)9%
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)1%
Lifting and carrying22%
Assault5%
Slip or trip27%
Struck against2%
Struck by moving vehicle1%
Struck by object15%
Trapped underneath something1%

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.

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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.

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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**

*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.

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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.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor