A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Ripley or anywhere else in England or Wales, we can help with your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Injury claims should be made in 3 years of an injury in the majority of cases.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as 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 of diagnosis that is important.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

  • 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

The lawyer will explain how each of the points will relate to your case.

What is my claim worth?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of criteria. Our calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Ripley

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Ripley are not uncommon. Government statistics reveal a total of 830 accidents (754 slight accidents, 75 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Derbyshire local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 858. Accidents in the Ripley area in 2013 included crashes on the A610 and A38 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the B6441 and A610 roundabout.

Quittance's panel of specialist injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in getting the highest compensation for anyone who has been hurt in a road accident in Ripley.

Find out more: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Ripley

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from scaffolding erectors to planning technicians, to secure financial compensation awards. Work accident figures for the Amber Valley local authority reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE:

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

Find out more: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other types of claim

Slip and trip injuries

HSE figures underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are still the most common accident in the Derbyshire workplace. Slips and trips are frequently related to accidents recorded in another category e.g. being struck by moving machinery, a fall from height or a toxic substance accident. Public place (Amber Valley local authority) cases for injuries like broken collarbones sustained on raised kerb stones are also common with recent pothole trips having occurred on Ripley Rd and on Market Place.

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming compensation for industrial injuries including anything from chemical poisoning to silicosis.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claims

Ripley solicitors for serious injury claims

The long-term effect of a serious injury will be recognised by Courts when they are calculating a claim.

A claim should lessen the financial burden on a claimant and their dependants enabling them to focus on rehabilitation. Our network of specialist solicitors communicate with the legal system and medical experts to make sure claimants impacted by serious accidents get the legal and medical support they need. Injuries which are considered to be serious and catastrophic include amputation, eye injuries and chemical burns.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical negligence in Ripley

When a person is injured due to the carelessness of a GP or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial damages. To make a formal complaint against Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Top Road, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation claim

Ripley 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 Ripley and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

Our national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Ripley and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen for their track record in winning cases, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

How much experience do you have of injury claims in Ripley?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of expert personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in Ripley, Derbyshire and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of injured claimants across Derbyshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents on public transport to accidents at work.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and expert advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

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.

Advice for injured people seeking an injury lawyer

It can take months for the majority of claims to conclude. Claims where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take much longer. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues of interest to claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to trust throughout your claim to provide both legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Will I need to go with a local Ripley injury lawyer ?

The location of the firm is not important as cases can be handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to instruct a law firm that offers a national network as claimants will almost always need to attend a medical assessment.

Read about - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in Ripley

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 great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

The contrast in the level of success fees between lawyers is significant.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a claimant awarded ?12,958 for serious shoulder injuries could vary from ?7,775 to ?11,014.

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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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