A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Derby or anywhere in the UK, our personal injury solicitors are able to assist with your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims should be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury in the majority of cases.

To win a 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

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The level of compensation you will be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Work accident claims in Derby

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from soldiers to economists, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work accident statistics in the Derbyshire Dales local authority are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in Derby Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported584330
Electric shock injury231
Machinery related injury141113
Exposed to explosion200
Fire related021
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)1744
Fall from height (ladder)212419
Animal related213
Lifting and handling injuries1479079
Physical assault322313
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)13010981
Struck against161411
Struck by moving vehicle787
Hit by falling object572223
Crushed by something collapsing133

Find out more: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Derby

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of skilled road traffic accident personal injury solicitors are experienced in getting the best settlements for claimants who have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Derby.

Accidents involving all vehicles in Derby are common with statistics showing 1 fatal accidents, 75 serious accidents and 754 slight accidents in 2013 in Derbyshire (Total events were 830 council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 858. Accidents in Derby in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A38 and A52 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A52 and A601 crossroads.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims

Serious injury

The Courts understand that a serious injury has a life-altering effect on an injured claimant and their dependants. By limiting the pressure a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on an injured claimant and their family, a compensation claim helps claimants to prioritise their recovery.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation

Slip and trip injuries

Recorded statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Derbyshire in 2014/15. They are quite often related to accidents recorded in another category like being hit by material under pressure or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Derby local authority) compensation claims for injuries such as sprained arms happening on spillages are also quite prevalent with street trips having happened on Stockbrook Rd and on Kedleston Rd.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming compensation for industrial illness that include anything from mesothelioma to emphysema.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Clinical negligence in Derby

When someone is injured due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you just want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. You can contact Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, Derbyshire, for example, to make a complaint against Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

Derby 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 Derby and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Derby, from less severe claims to long term industrial disease. Chosen for their winning track record, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

Has Quittance handled many claims in Derby?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Derby, Derbyshire and throughout the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we assisted 100's of injured claimants in Derbyshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including slips and trips at work and car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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.

Advice for potential claimants seeking a solicitor

Compensation for a claim for compensation can take months, and even years in the most serious claims, to be paid. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your experience of making a claim, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For bronchitis, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?16,830 to ?25,300 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Reviews for injury lawyers in Derby

Talking to a solicitor about your case is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

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

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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