A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Dronfield or anywhere in the country, our experienced injury solicitors will manage your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a 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, Quittance 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims should usually be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like RSI may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what matters in these cases.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Dronfield, proving a claim involves three components. It must be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Starting your claim sooner will allow your solicitor to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

How much can I claim?

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Dronfield

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of best of breed injury lawyers have vast experience in securing maximum settlements for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Dronfield.

Accidents involving vehicles in Dronfield are relatively frequent with statistics showing 1 fatal accidents, 75 serious accidents and 754 slight accidents in 2013 in Derbyshire (Total events were 830 council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 858. Incidents in the Dronfield region in 2013 included car crashes on the A61 and B6057 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the B6056 and B6057 junction.

Find out more: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Dronfield

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from plasterers to conference organisers, to seek financial compensation. Accident statistics in the Dronfield local authority made available in accordance with reporting legislation by the HSE excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in North East Derbyshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury4510
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. exposure to Teflon fumes)213
Fall from height765
Animal related121
Manual handling262125
Physical assault204
Slip or trip403124
Struck against543
Struck by moving vehicle265
Struck by object161513
Trapped by something collapsing001

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Other claims

Medical negligence in Dronfield

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are just looking for a better understanding of events instead of a compensation award, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can write to Top Road, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claims

Slip and trip accidents

Officially recorded figures demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the most common accident in the Derbyshire workplace in 2014/15. These types of accident are quite often lead to injuries attributed to other causes like being hit by an object falling from a machine, when helping another person or a river drowning accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as cheekbone fractures sustained on potholes are also quite common with pavement trips having occurred on Pentland Rd and on Chesterfield Rd.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that range from workplace cancer to emphysema.

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Serious injury solicitors serving Dronfield

The long-term effect serious and catastrophic injury can have will be acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when calculating how much compensation to pay. The Quittance team work to get the maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness, which includes reimbursement for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

Dronfield 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 Dronfield and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the team

The national panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Dronfield, from whiplash cases to serious road injury claims. Selected for their success rate in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

What experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Dronfield?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists people in Dronfield, Derbyshire and throughout the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of people across Derbyshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from road accidents to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

What to think about when finding the right lawyer

It can take months for most claims to be settled. Claims involving disputed liability or severe injury can take years in some circumstances. The SRA regulate legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Your lawyer should be someone you can rely on at every step of the process to provide both practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Read Dronfield personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be helpful if you are contemplating which lawyer to sign up with.

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The diversity in the level of insurance premiums and success fees charged by firms is considerable.

As an example the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant being awarded compensation of ?48,412 for a very severe ankle injury can range from ?29,047 to ?41,150.

Further reading How much compensation can you claim?

Will I need to instruct a local solicitor ?

The location of the law firm is less important as cases are typically conducted remotely.

You will need to choose a solicitors practice that has national medical coverage as claimants will have to attend a medical assessment.

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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