Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick due to someone else's actions, you may be able to claim compensation.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Each year, we help injured people in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and across the UK claim compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

The main criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In practice, several other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or the location of the injury.

Why not speak to an expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker:

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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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Rotherham road accident claims

Rotherham drivers and other road users have a right to claim injury compensation if they are hurt because of someone else's carelessness.

No matter if you were hurt in a collision at a junction, or have been involved riding a cycle on Rotherham's roads, this useful guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Rotherham

Have you been injured at work and your employer was responsible? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

Whatever your job is, whether you suffered a sprain or have been diagnosed with vibration white finger, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Injuries in a public place

Recorded figures reveal that slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in South Yorkshire and the UK in 2014/15. Slips and trips are typically related to injuries recorded in a different category for instance being struck by a falling object, when helping another person or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place (Rotherham local authority) cases for injuries such as bruised legs suffered on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent slips and trips having occurred on St Anns Road and on Bridgegate.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

When someone suffers injury or illness due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been affected by medical negligence, the panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for the hospital to explain what happened rather than a compensation award, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can write to Rotherham Hospital, Moorgate Road, Rotherham, to make a complaint against The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with getting compensation for industrial illnesses that range from NIHL to siderosis (welders lung).

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Industrial disease claims

Rotherham No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Rotherham injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Our team

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

How much experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Rotherham?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists people in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted hundreds of claimants in South Yorkshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from road accidents to ladder accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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.

Will you need to go with a local injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitor is not so critical as cases now tend to be managed by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to select a law firm that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will usually need to attend a medical examination.

Read about : Can I attend a medical centre near me?

Rotherham personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, vary considerably.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be informative if you are thinking about which solicitor to select.

Read more Personal injury reviews.

What are the road accident statistics in Rotherham

Our network of proficient no win no fee lawyers are experienced in negotiating maximum general and special damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle crash in Rotherham.

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Rotherham are quite common with statistics showing a total of 648 accidents (567 slight accidents, 73 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Barnsley local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 832. Incidents in Rotherham in 2013 included crashes on the A630 and A6021 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A630 and A6123 junction.

Rotherham work accident statistics

The most up to date 2019 injury and illness information in the Rotherham Local Authority (2013/14) reported in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Saftey Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in Rotherham Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other38
Electric shock injury1
Machinery related19
Explosion related (e.g. gas)1
Fire related (e.g. scarrs)0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)3
Fall from height (ladder)20
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)4
Lifting and handling injuries87
Physical assault16
Slip or trip81
Struck against9
Hit by vehicle9
Hit by falling object32
Trapped by something collapsing1

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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