If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident at work, a road traffic accident or an injury in a park or shop, you may have arrived at this page if you’re looking for how personal injury lawyers covering Chesterfield could support you. If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Below, you can find a complete guide to the personal injury claims process. We’ll cover a range of different personal injury claims, talk you through the process of finding the best personal injury lawyer, how much compensation you could be entitled to, and how you can instruct a solicitor to represent you without having to pay any fees unless your claim succeeds.
If at any point while reading our guide you have a query or if you’d like to proceed with a claim, you can contact our 24-hour team using any of the methods below.
- Calling 0800 408 7825
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Choose A Section
- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Covering Chesterfield
- Workplace Accidents, Illness And Injuries In Chesterfield
- Chesterfield Traffic And Car Accidents
- Chesterfield Bike Accidents
- Accidents In A Public Place
- Tripping And Slipping Accidents
- Accident Claims Against Chesterfield Council
- Assault And Victim Based Criminal Injury Claims
- How You Could Be Supported With An Injury Claim Lawyer
- How Reviews Could Help You Find The Right Solicitor
- Typical Settlements For Personal Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Chesterfield Claims
- How To Consult A Lawyer
Suffering an injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault can be traumatic and stressful. Even minor injuries can throw your life out of balance. There’s no need to accept the outcome. Action can be taken to try to restore you to the position that you were in before the accident happened. This is achieved in the form of compensation.
In the sections that follow, we’ll cover topics such as:
- Public injury claims
- Accidents in the workplace
- Road traffic accidents (RTA)
- Slips, trips and falls
- Accidents involving cyclists
- Injuries sustained in criminal acts
- Claims involving Chesterfield Council
We’ll cover other aspects of the claims process too, such as what additional expenses you can claim for, how much compensation you could expect to receive and methods of finding the best No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers covering Chesterfield.
Before beginning a claim, however, it’s important to check that your case meets the personal injury claims time limit. Under the Limitation Act 1980, every personal injury claim is granted a narrow window of time in which it can be made. This is:
- 3 years from the accident date.
- Or 3 years from the date you obtained knowledge that you were suffering from an illness or injury that was at least the partial fault of the defendant.
Some exceptions include:
- If the injured person is a child (under 18), the 3-year clock won’t begin to tick until they turn 18. From that point, they’ll have until their 21st birthday to claim.
- If as a result of the accident a person loses the mental capacity to claim, the limitation period won’t begin until they start their recovery.
In both circumstances above, it may be possible for somebody to claim on the injured person’s behalf by becoming a litigation friend.
If you’re unsure if you meet the personal injury claims time limit, our team can advise you. Give them a call on the number at the top of this page for free help and support.
Every employer, from multinational companies to those on the high street, has a duty of care to take all reasonable steps possible to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. This is contained in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The Act sets out measures employers can take to achieve this duty, some of which include:
- Ensuring that systems of work are safe and without risks to health. If risks exist, they should be minimised as much as possible with the likes of personal protective equipment (PPE).
- To supply adequate PPE to staff along with training on its use.
- Providing training to staff relating to health and safety.
- That dangerous substances and equipment are stored safely and securely.
Despite the legal framework in place, employers still breach their duty of care, and this can give rise to accidents such as trips and falls over loose cabling or packaging that should have been binned, or an employee being struck by a fork-lift truck driver who hadn’t been properly trained.
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team can advise you if you have a good chance of success. Simply give them a call and discuss your case with them.
Being involved in a road traffic accident (RTA) can be a shocking and unsettling experience. Most accidents on the road arise because of carelessness, reckless driving or speeding. In such circumstances, if you’ve been harmed, you could be entitled to compensation.
It doesn’t matter if the accident involved a low-velocity impact or a head-on collision, the injuries you will suffer, whether whiplash or a broken bone, can send your life off keel. You can take action to try to restore the balance by making a claim.
So if you’ve been injured in an RTA on a Chesterfield road, such as the A617 or Chesterfield bypass, that wasn’t your fault, or perhaps it may have been partially your fault, you can make a claim for compensation. Get in touch with our team to find out how personal injury lawyers covering Chesterfield can help you.
Chesterfield Bus And Other Public Transport Accidents
If you’re a passenger on public transport, you expect to arrive at your destination unharmed. But what happens if the bus, coach or taxi you’re travelling in is involved in an accident?
If the accident was the fault of the driver of the vehicle you were in, you could make a claim against their insurance policy for any injuries you suffered.
Should the accident be the fault of another road user, you can make a claim against their policy.
For more information, please get in touch with our team
Accidents In Council And Shopping Centre Car Parks
If you go shopping in Vicar Lane Shopping Centre or Ravenside Retail Park, or perhaps The Pavements, you hope to be able to park in a car park that is safe and free of the risk of harm.
The operators of car parks have a duty of care to ensure their spaces are safe. Conducting regular inspections, risk assessments and making repairs where necessary can all minimise the risk of harm. However, should a car park operator fail to do this, it could create hazardous conditions, like icy pavements, broken kerbs or raised paving stones. If you trip and injure yourself, you could be owed compensation.
If another road user crashes into your vehicle in a car park by, for example, reversing from a parking bay without looking, you could make a claim against their insurance policy for any damage or harm.
It might not come as a surprise to hear that in 2018, 99 cyclists were killed on Great Britains Roads. Cyclists lack the physical protection offered by vehicles and this is why they’re regarded as more vulnerable on our roads.
Research by the Department for Transport found that a failure to look properly, failing to judge a cyclist’s speed or path and reckless driving were the main contributory factors in accidents involving cyclists. As a result, other road users ought to take extra care when sharing the road with cyclists.
If you’ve been knocked off your bike or struck by a vehicle while cycling, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team can offer you all the free legal help and support you need. Simply get in touch by calling the number at the top of this page. Our guide on cycling claims may also be worth reading.
It is the responsibility of the owner or operator of these areas to ensure that they are safe for the public to use.
Some examples of public spaces include:
- Shopping centres like The Pavements
- Chesterfield coach station
- Chesterfield museum
All manner of accidents could occur in such spaces, from slips and trips to being struck by display items.
Public liability claims aren’t straightforward. You may encounter disputes over the boundaries of an area in which the accident happened. This is where our advisors can help you. Get in touch to find out how.
Accidents In Public Parks Around This Area
Chesterfield is blessed with numerous picturesque parks, such as Holmebrook Valley Country Park and Tapton Park. Accidents can happen in these places too, and with cuts made to parks departments budgets, the risk of harm may only increase. This could lead to accident risks such as:
- Broken play area equipment, such as swings and slides.
- Vandalised gates which may present a risk of impaling or inflicting cuts.
- Park benches with broken beams or boards that may lead to a fall.
Should whoever is responsible for the park breach their duty of care in keeping it safe, you may be able to make a claim for compensation for any harm you suffer. Get in touch with our team to find out more.
Retail Park And Shopping Centre Accidents
It’s the job of the owner or operator of such spaces to ensure people are safe and free of the risk of harm.
This can be achieved through regular inspections, good housekeeping practices such as ongoing cleaning, and training staff to watch out for hazards such as wet floors or loose cables.
If you have injured yourself in a supermarket, shopping centre or another retail outlet, you could claim compensation for the harm inflicted. Our team can offer you free legal advice and support. They’re just a phone call away.
They contribute to significant injuries in the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that 95% of major slips at work result in broken bones.
Frustratingly for victims, these types of accidents are some of the most avoidable. They often arise because of bad housekeeping. Employers and those responsible for public spaces should look to take steps to ensure our safety, such as:
- Carrying out risk assessments to highlight any potential tripping or slipping risks.
- Ensuring staff are trained to spot potential trip hazards.
- Introducing systems of inspection so no hazards are missed.
Our team can help you by providing a free case assessment. Simply get in touch to find out more.
Chesterfield Council has a responsibility to manage many of the highways and parks in the town. To achieve this, they must adopt a reasonable system of inspections to help identify any hazards or potential hazards and then take steps to make them safe.
It’s also important for Chesterfield Council to respond to reports of any defects on their lands, such as broken pavements or obstructed pathways in the likes of Queen’s Park. Once the council is aware of a defect, they must take reasonable steps to make it safe.
A failure to carry out inspections or make repairs could see potential accidents arise, such as slips and trips or cuts caused by broken benches in the likes of a park. In such circumstances, if it can be shown that Chesterfield Council breached its duty of care, you could make a claim for your injuries.
Get in touch with our team to take advantage of your free legal consultation. You can also consider our detailed guide by clicking here.
Being the victim of a crime can be deeply traumatic. The injuries, both mental and physical, can last a long time. You may assume that you’d have no ability to recover compensation in such circumstances, but that isn’t the case.
The government created the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) to ensure that victims of crime aren’t left completely disadvantaged. If you’ve suffered an assault in Chesterfield, mugged, stabbed, or harmed in some way during the act of a crime, you could recover compensation through the CICA.
The rules for claiming via the CICA are a little different. You’re granted just 2 years (varies) from the date of the incident to make a claim, and the crime must have been reported to the police.
Personal injury lawyers covering Chesterfield are well-versed in handling CICA claims, and they can support you with a claim too. Contact our team to find out more.
Criminal Injury Statistics
Below, you can find the most recent crime statistics for the Chesterfield area.
|Top Reported Crimes||Frequency|
|Violence against the person||1,199|
|Sexual offences against the person||257|
If you intend on making a claim, the steps that you take in the days and weeks after the accident can prove significant to your prospects of success.
Here are 5 tips on what you can do following an accident to boost your chances of success:
- Seek medical advice. If you’ve suffered an injury, your priority should be to get medical attention, either from a first aider on-site, from the A&E department at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital, or from your GP.
- Photograph the scene of the accident. Try to capture the wider scene as well as close up shots of the cause of the accident, such as a broken pathway along Chesterfield Canal.
- Report the accident. Whoever is responsible for the area in which the accident happened will have an accident logbook that will need to be completed. A failure to do so could see the defendant challenge whether the accident happened at all.
- Obtain witness details. If anyone witnessed your accident, we advise asking them to support your case by providing a statement. At this stage, getting their contact details is enough.
- Photograph your injuries and make a note of your suffering. Determining the pain and suffering you endured and how the injuries impacted your life is crucial in determining how much compensation you could receive.
How Medical Assessments Work?
As part of the claims process, you will need to attend a medical appointment with a specialist. The purpose of this is to have the specialist examine you to determine the extent of your injuries and whether there’ll be any ongoing issues. They’ll then produce a report which will set out their findings. This report will serve as a central piece of evidence in your case.
Do I Need A Solicitor Based Close To Me?
Technological advances have changed how many industries operate, and the legal sector is no exception. Nowadays you can take your search online to look for the very best personal injury lawyers covering Chesterfield. Communication is easily achieved via phone, email, letter and smart devices. Meetings can, of course, be arranged in person, but with more immediate forms of communication, there’s less of a need to do so.
Simply give our team a call and they’ll help connect you today.
Searching for a solicitor can be a time-consuming and tedious task. A quick Google search will deliver thousands of results. How can you work out which one is best?
Considering reviews of solicitors is a great way to narrow the focus. An honest review from a past client can reveal how professional a solicitor is, their track record, how well they communicate and their level of expertise.
It’s important to go a step further, however, and give the firm a call to see if they’d be a good fit.
There are many factors that go into the valuation of a claim, which means at this early stage it can be tricky to hone in on a precise estimate. Some firms utilise tools like personal injury claims calculators, but they’re often misleading.
Instead, we’ve opted to give you information that solicitors use to value claims every day. In the table below you’ll find the values of a variety of injuries and their severities. These figures are taken from guidelines produced by the Judicial College, an organisation that analyses compensation awards made by the courts.
|Illness or Injury||Notes||Value|
|Neck||Minor to severe||£2,300 - £122,860|
|Leg||Less serious to severe||£16,860 - £127,530|
|Shoulder||Minor to severe||£2,300 - £45,070|
|Wrist||Minor to severe||£3,310 - £56,180|
|Brain||Minor to severe||£2,070 - £379,100|
|Psychological||Less severe to severe||£1,440 - £108,620|
Our team will be able to give you a more specific valuation once they know more about your case. They’ll also be able to advise you on other things that you can claim for too, such as medication costs, travel expenses and any loss of earnings. Simply get in touch by either calling us on the number at the top of this page or by using the live chat function, bottom right.
The key benefit to making a claim in this way is that if you lose your case, you will not have to pay any of the fees your solicitor has incurred in pursuing it. There are other benefits too, such as:
- No fees to pay upfront to begin your case.
- And no fees to pay while the claim is pursued.
If your claim reaches a successful conclusion, your solicitor will deduct a small, legally capped fee from the compensation awarded. The precise percentage will be contained in your No Win No Fee agreement, which is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
For more information on No Win No Fee agreements, please get in touch.
If you have a question or if you’re ready to begin your claim, our team of friendly advisers is on hand to help you take action. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. You can get in touch by:
- Calling 0800 408 7825
- Send us a message by filling out this form
- Or you can get in touch using the live chat function, bottom right
Below, you can find more guides, details of medical experts who operate in Chesterfield, and the addresses of Chesterfield courthouses and Chesterfield Council.
Doctors Conducting Assessments In This Area
|Mamtha Balendra Kumar||Saltergate Physiotherapy Centre
|Ramangowd Ganadinni||Saltergate Physiotherapy Centre
|Sumeet Vohra||Chesterfield Chiropractic Clinic
14 Gladstone Road
Chesterfield County Court
|Chesterfield County Court|
|Chesterfield Justice Centre
Chesterfield Borough Council
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