A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Derbyshire or anywhere in the country, our experienced lawyers will help with your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such circumstances.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be shown that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Beginning your claim as soon as possible should enable the solicitor to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

Compensation calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use claim calculator provides an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Derbyshire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped contractors, self employed or employed claimants, from catering assistants to dental hygienists, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work injury data for the Derbyshire Dales local authority made available under RIDDOR regulations by the Government in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Derbyshire Dales Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related555
Fire related (e.g. scars)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)121
Fall from height1363
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)012
Manual handling541717
Physical assault104
Slip or trip383734
Struck against663
Struck by moving vehicle142
Struck by object101515
Trapped under falling object002

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Road traffic accident claims in Derbyshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Derbyshire are common. Official statistics reveal 24 fatal accidents, 278 serious accidents and 2004 slight accidents in 2013 in Derbyshire Dales (Total events were 2306 local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,312.

Our group of knowledgeable no win, no fee injury lawyers are experienced in negotiating optimum damages for claimants who have been injured in a car accident in Derbyshire.

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Other claims we handle

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from asbestos related disease to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

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Slips, trips and falls

Officially recorded data demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in East Midlands. They are often forerunner to injuries categorised as another type of accident such as being struck by moving machinery, when supporting another person or a river drowning accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as bruised backs sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with recent falls having occurred on Scarthin and on Main Street.

Derbyshire lawyers for serious injury compensation claims

The long-term impact of serious injury is acknowledged by Courts when calculating what a claim is worth. Quittance's network of expert lawyers work for maximum compensation for serious injury and illness, which includes compensation for medical expenses and care costs. Quittance's network of specialist lawyers have helped families recover compensation for a wide range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries referred to as serious and catastrophic include eye injuries, serious psychiatric harm and chemical burns.

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Medical and clinical negligence in Derbyshire

Clinical negligence describes when a person sustains an injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want answers rather than injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. To make a complaint against Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Top Road, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

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Derbyshire No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Derbyshire and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Derbyshire and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their specialist knowledge and their track record in winning cases.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

Has Quittance handled many Derbyshire claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Derbyshire and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

We have helped hundreds of claimants across Derbyshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from injuries sustained at work to pedestrian accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to represent you

Selecting the best personal injury lawyer for your legal case is your most important step towards negotiating the highest settlement or award.

How do you make sure you select the most appropriate one to pursue compensation for you?

Injury lawyer reviews in Derbyshire - Tips for comparing firms

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to strictly professional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

The disparity in the level of insurance premiums and success fees charged by lawyers working on No Win No Fee agreements is vast

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?79,206 for mesothelioma could conceivably vary from ?47,524 to ?67,325.

Read more at How much compensation can you claim?

Are Derbyshire claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

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

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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