A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Rotherham or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Compensation claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within three years.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like RSI may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that matters.

To win a Rotherham personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

How much can I claim?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. 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 Rotherham

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Rotherham

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped contractors, self employed or employed people, from electricians to quality assurance managers, to seek financial compensation. Injury and illness information in the Rotherham local authority reported in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in Rotherham Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury101
Machinery related302419
Explosion related (e.g. gas)101
Fire related (e.g. scars)410
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)1013
Fall from height (ladder)282520
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)704
Lifting and handling injuries1328987
Physical assault212316
Slip or trip13512381
Struck against17119
Hit by vehicle1099
Hit by falling object664132
Trapped by something collapsing131

Further information: Work accident compensation claim

Other types of claim

Slip and trip accidents

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.

Clinical and medical negligence in Rotherham

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, our 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

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

Rotherham serious injury claims

We recognise the critical change a successful claim can make to the lives of people impacted by serious injury. By limiting the financial pressure severe injury places on an injured person and their family, a successful claim enables them to concentrate on rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of law firms have for many years aided claimants impacted by serious accidents. Injuries which are held by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include head injuries, hydrocarbon poisoning and serious psychiatric harm.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Rotherham 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 Rotherham and throughout the UK.

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

Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Rotherham, from short-term injury cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning claims.

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 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.

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.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for you is critical to represent you

You will be liaising with your lawyer for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Your lawyer should be someone you can trust throughout the claims process to give practical advice and expert legal guidance.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For severe toe injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?11,110 to ?17,050 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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.

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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