A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you are based in Penistone or anywhere else in England or Wales, we can help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, we can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims for compensation should usually be made within three years of the date of the injury.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Your lawyer can take you through each of these points and should explain how they apply to your claim.

Calculate my compensation

The compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. 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 Penistone

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from factory workers to plant breeders, to claim compensation. Work injury statistics for the Sheffield local authority reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government excerpted below:

Work accidents in Sheffield Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury431
Machinery related363039
Explosion related011
Exposed to fire421
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)1949
Fall from height (ladder)624151
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)743
Manual handling261177153
Physical assault273030
Slip, trip, fall same level266220169
Struck against282814
Struck by moving vehicle1778
Struck by object1178578
Crushed by something collapsing332

For more information: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Penistone

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Penistone are not uncommon with statistics showing 7 fatal accidents, 162 serious accidents and 1303 slight accidents in 2013 in Sheffield (Total events were 1472 council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,665.

Our panel of trained lawyers have vast experience in achieving the highest compensation for claimants injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Penistone.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Penistone

When someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You can raise a formal complaint if you just want answers rather than starting an injury claim. For example, to raise a complaint against Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Gawber Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation

Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported data demonstrate that employee slips and trips are still the most common cause of injury at work in South Yorkshire. They are often related to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being hit by an object falling from a vehicle or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability litigation for injuries like broken shoulders occurring on pavement ice are also quite prevalent with recent pothole trips having happened on Manchester Road and on Johnson Street.

Serious injury experts in Penistone

Quittance's team recognise the vital change a compensation claim will make to the lives of seriously injured claimants.

We fight for the maximum compensation for serious injuries, including claiming for private medical treatment and case costs. Our network of expert solicitors have helped claimants claim compensation for a wide range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious include lead poisoning, brain tumours and deep vein thrombosis.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from allergic contact dermatitis to toluene exposure.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Penistone 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 Penistone and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Penistone and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their years of specialist experience.

Meet more of the QLS 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 Penistone claims?

We are a national panel of award winning solicitors that helps injured people in Penistone, South Yorkshire and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of people in South Yorkshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including factory accidents and car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, make our claims process as stress-free as possible.


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 right personal injury lawyer for your claim

It can take several months for most claims to have a settlement negotiated. Injury claims involving disputed liability or severe injury can take years in some circumstances. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

You do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

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

Look into Penistone solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by injury lawyers vary considerably.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews is a great place to start when thinking about which solicitor best serves your needs.

Read Personal injury solicitor reviews

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. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for severe complex regional pain syndrome, for example, ranges from ?42,460 to ?67,925 (based on 2015 market data).

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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