A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Chesterfield or anywhere in the country, our expert injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as noise-induced deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

In order to win a Chesterfield personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Your lawyer will discuss these key issues and should look at how they apply in your case.

What is my claim worth?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online calculator gives an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Work accident claims in Chesterfield

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people injured in an accident, from factory workers to community workers, to seek financial compensation. Accident at work data for the Chesterfield local authority made available in accordance with regulations by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Chesterfield Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known161710
Electric shock injury001
Machinery related injury5610
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)602
Fall from height (scaffolding)11812
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)221
Lifting and carrying552529
Slip or trip444435
Struck against1043
Struck by moving vehicle311
Struck by object221920
Trapped underneath something011

Further information: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Chesterfield

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical negligence in Chesterfield

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

Serious injury

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

Slip and trip accidents

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.

Chesterfield No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Chesterfield and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Chesterfield and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their winning track record and their specialist knowledge.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

Have Quittance 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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your accident?

Selecting the most appropriate lawyer to act for you is the most important step towards receiving the most compensation for your illness or injuries.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Chesterfield (SRA 2015 figures), how can you make sure you instruct the best solicitors' practice to act for you?

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).

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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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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