A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you are based in Whaley Bridge or anywhere in the country, our expert lawyers will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims for personal injury compensation should, in the majority of cases, be made within a three-year window.

To win a Whaley Bridge personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Beginning your claim as soon as possible will allow the lawyer to collect useful supporting evidence.

Injury claims calculator

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a number of points. Our online claim calculator provides an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Whaley Bridge

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from hotel workers to trade union research officers, to seek financial compensation. Accident at work data in the High Peak local authority are listed under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in High Peak Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related9118
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)010
Exposed to fire001
Exposure to harmful substance341
Fall from height686
Animal related300
Lifting and carrying432621
Slip or trip323232
Struck against933
Struck by moving vehicle072
Struck by object1687
Trapped under falling object201

See: No win, no fee work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Whaley Bridge

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Whaley Bridge are quite common with statistics showing a total of 830 accidents (754 slight accidents, 75 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Derbyshire local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 858.

Our network of professional road traffic accident injury solicitors are experienced in getting optimum awards for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Whaley Bridge.

See: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims

Medical negligence in Whaley Bridge

Medical negligence describes when someone is injured due to a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

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

See: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

Courts understand that a serious injury will have a life-changing impact on an injured person and their dependants. A successful claim should lessen the financial load on an injured person enabling them to focus on rehabilitation. Quittance's network of expert solicitor firms have for many years helped people affected by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries and illnesses which are held by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include serious psychiatric harm and brain tumours.

See: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip and trip injuries

Reported statistics emphasise the fact that employee slips and trips are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of injury in the Derbyshire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the precursor to injuries attributed to other causes such as being hit by another person, a fall from a height or an electrical discharge accident. Public place (High Peak local authority) compensation claims for injuries like broken shoulders suffered on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with falls having happened in the local area.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that range from radiation exposure to vibration white finger.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Whaley Bridge 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 Whaley Bridge and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Whaley Bridge, from fast track cases to long term industrial disease. Selected because of their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Whaley Bridge?

We are a national panel of SRA regulated solicitors dedicated to helping people in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have helped hundreds of claimants across Derbyshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from road accidents to accidents at work.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Locating the best lawyer for you

Compensation for a compensation claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be settled. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is vital.

What should you look for when comparing Whaley Bridge solicitor reviews?

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

The difference in personal injury fees between law firms working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) often surprises claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?31,097 for loss of hearing in one ear can vary from ?18,658 to ?26,432.

Further reading How much can you claim?

Will I need a local legal firm ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is not so relevant as injury cases are managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to go with a law firm that offers medical facilities near Whaley Bridge as you will usually have to go to a medical assessment.

More - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

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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