A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

No matter whether you live in Heanor or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced injury solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

A claim must usually be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

For most claims, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Compensation calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Heanor

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of best of breed no win, no fee lawyers are experienced in obtaining maximum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Heanor.

Accidents involving all vehicles in Heanor are reasonably common. Police reporters reveal that there were 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.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Heanor

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants injured at work, from forklift drivers to health and safety inspectors, to claim compensation. Accident figures in the Amber Valley local authority are compiled in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive:

Work accidents in Amber Valley Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock011
Machinery related injury15712
Exposed to explosion100
Fire related (e.g. scars)120
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)310
Fall from height (ladder)191221
Injured by an animal101
Slip, trip, fall same level634539
Struck against8712
Hit by vehicle428
Hit by falling object411925
Trapped underneath something121

Further information: Work accident claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical and clinical negligence in Heanor

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want a deeper understanding of what happened rather than claiming compensation. 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.

Further information: Clinical negligence claims

Slip and trip accidents

Government statistics stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are the single most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Derbyshire workplace in 2014/15. These types of accident are frequently the cause of injuries filed under a different category e.g. being hit by a runaway vehicle or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability claims for injuries like sprained wrists happening on raised kerb stones are also common with recent falls having happened on High St and on Heanor Rd.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses that range from industrial deafness to farmers lung.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Heanor solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

Courts understand that a serious injury has a significant impact on an injured claimant and their dependants. Damages will ease the impact of bills other financial issues and reduce stress so an injured person and their dependants so they can prioritise rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of expert solicitors have helped families claim damages for numerous severe conditions and injuries. Injuries and medical conditions categorised as catastrophic or serious include paralysis and serious psychiatric harm.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

Heanor 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 Heanor and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Heanor and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Heanor?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of specialist solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Heanor, Derbyshire and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across Derbyshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and building site accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

What factors to think about when locating the best solicitor

Instructing the best legal team to act for you is a crucial step towards negotiating the best compensation award for your accident.

What is the best way to make certain you select the most appropriate firm to pursue compensation for you?

Do I need to instruct a local injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby solicitor is not critical as cases are usually managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to choose a company that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will have to attend a medical exam.

Read about : Do I have to attend a medical?

Injury lawyer reviews in Heanor - What to look for

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

The disparity in the amount of fees between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) often surprises claimants.

For instance the amount of compensation retained by an injured person awarded ?55,211 for severe complex regional pain syndrome might vary from ?33,126 to ?46,929.

Further reading Compare solicitors

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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