By Brett Williams. Last updated 23rd August 2021. When somebody else causes an accident in which you suffer an injury, you can sometimes seek compensation for the pain and suffering caused to you. If the other person was negligent, then a personal injury solicitor could help you begin a claim. If you’re looking for accident claims solicitors in Chesterfield, then this guide should prove useful. We’re going to provide examples of different accidents claims, explain when somebody else might be liable and help you understand what personal injury solicitors covering Chesterfield can do for you.
Although we’re not based in Chesterfield, our accident claims solicitors could help you make a claim for an accident there. To discuss your accident right away, call one of our specialist advisors on 0800 073 8801.
If you would like to know more first, then please carry on reading this helpful article about how our accident claims solicitors could help you.
Choose A Section
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Chesterfield?
- Claim For An Accident At Work
- Statistics – Rates Of Reported Injuries At Work
- Road Traffic Accident Claims In Chesterfield
- Fall, Trip Or Slip Accident Claims
- Victim Of Criminal Injuries Claims
- Public Liability Accident Claims
- Medical Negligence Claims In Chesterfield
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Chesterfield
- Talk To Our Team
- Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
- Local Resources
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Chesterfield?
When you’re involved in an accident, to assess whether you could claim compensation, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Were you owed a duty of care by the defendant?
- Did the breach it in some way which led to an accident?
- Were you injured in that accident?
- Did the accident occur with in the accident claims time limit of 3 years? Alternatively, did you find out about the injuries in the last 3 years?
As we’ll explain throughout this guide, the breach in duty of care doesn’t need to be a deliberate negligent act. You could still make a claim if the defendant caused your injuries because they made an honest mistake.
Accident claims solicitors covering Chesterfield may offer the following services, once they’ve established you could be eligible for compensation:
- Prepare the evidence to support your claim. They may require your help to gather medical records, CCTV footage or witness details.
- Send the case to the defendant or their insurer.
- Deal with objections or queries raised by the defendant’s legal team.
- Let you know about any compensation offers received.
Our accident claims solicitors could carry out all of the above on a no win no fee basis if you decide to let us help you begin your claim. Please contact us today to discuss your options and for a free assessment of your claim.
Claim For An Accident At Work
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation used by accident claims solicitors to make accident at work claims for compensation. It’s primary guidance to employers is that they should “secure the health, safety and welfare” or their employees.
The legislation is backed up by guidance from the governments Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who provide loads of useful information for employers about what steps they can take to protect their staff.
If an employer breaches their duty of care and causes an accident to happen which leads to a preventable injury or illness then a compensation claim might be possible. This could be the case if the accident was caused by:
- A lack of training for the member of staff or others involved in the accident.
- Faulty equipment which caused the accident to happen.
- A lack of suitable safety equipment or personal protection.
Employers should have insurance in place, according to the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 to cover them for any employee that claims against them.
Statistics – Rates Of Reported Injuries At Work
So that you can see how often accidents at work happen, we’ve included the table below. It shows the amount of injuries in workplaces in Chesterfield, the number per 100,000 employees between 2013/14 and 2017/18.
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To compare Chesterfield to other areas, you can see the full report here.
Road Traffic Accident Claims In Chesterfield
All road users owe each other a duty of care. Any driver, cyclist, pedestrian, passenger or motorcyclist injured in an accident caused by another road user could possibly seek compensation for their suffering as well as any financial implications.
Accidents might be caused by the other person not paying attention, driving dangerously or even breaking the law. Our accidents claims solicitors could help with a bike accident in Chesterfield, a bus accident or a motorbike accident in Chesterfield if it left you injured as well as any other road traffic accident caused by negligence.
General advice that you should follow when a road traffic accident occurs, if you’re able to, includes:
- Photograph the accident before vehicles are moved.
- Seek medical treatment at Chesterfield hospital accident and emergency department if required.
- Ask witnesses to provide their details.
- Get the other driver’s details.
Fall, Trip Or Slip Accident Claims
Slip trip and falls are accidents that can happen just about anywhere and be the cause of array of different injuries. Because there’s usually no warning the accident is about to happen, falls could lead to rather serious injuries. Some may require surgery to put them right while some might lead to injuries that cause pain for the rest of your life.
Some examples of when somebody else could be deemed liable for your accident include:
- If you tripped on a door mat at the entrance of a property which wasn’t secured in place correctly.
- When a handrail fails causing you to fall down some stairs.
- If a slippery floor isn’t highlighted with warning signs and you slip on it.
- Or if an area is so poorly lit, you fail to spot a trip hazard before tripping over it.
Common injuries which you might want to claim for following a fall include sprain and strains; head injuries (including concussion); back injuries; muscle or ligament damage; bruising; or fractured bones.
Victim Of Criminal Injuries Claims
Very often culprits of violent behaviour who cause harm to others deliberately may not have the means to be able to compensate those who they have caused injuries to.
That’s why the government set up the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, or CICA. It may work slightly different to a personal injury claim, the scheme has its own eligibility requirements, time limits and application process.
Claims can be made for injuries sustained, both physical and mental, in violent or sexual crimes. They can also include financial losses like the cost of a funeral, or any lost income caused by the crime.
Public Liability Accident Claims
Many places that we visit on a daily basis are known as public places. That means that there’s no need to seek permission to use them, pass through them or visit them. We do it without thinking when using roads, paths, footpaths, car parks, play parks, riverbanks and many other places every day.
If an accident occurs in a public place, you could try to seek compensation for your injuries if they could have been avoided and are due to negligence, but who do you claim against?
Our team can help you identify who is responsible for the land or property, which legislation they may have breached and how they could be liable for your accident so please get in touch to let us help you begin your claim.
Medical Negligence Claims In Chesterfield
Another type of claim that accident claims solicitors covering Chesterfield can help you make are those for avoidable injuries sustained during a negligent medical procedure.
If any medical professional causes you to suffer through substandard treatment and negligence, then you could seek compensation for any preventable harm caused. We can help with claims against the NHS or private companies offering medical or cosmetic treatments.
Medical professionals could include surgeons (including cosmetic surgeons), GPs, dentists, midwives, nurses, hospital staff, care workers, paediatricians and anaesthetists.
It’s possible to claim for suffering caused by a negligent misdiagnosis, surgical errors, errors during the birth of a baby, care home abuse and illnesses caused by hospital superbugs amongst other things. Please call today if you’ve been affected by medical negligence and would like to begin a claim.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Chesterfield
You’ve probably heard of a no win no fee claims service before, but do you know how they work?
A no win no fee service means that your solicitor won’t charge you before the claim begins, can’t charge you if they lose the case and receives a success fee if they do win you compensation.
Talk To Our Team
If you’d like to speak with us about beginning a claim, you can get in touch with us by:
- Calling free on 0800 073 8801.
- Filling in our accident claim form.
- Or using the live chat feature of our website which is open 7 days a week.
Are nationwide law firms an alternative to accident claims solicitors in Chesterfield?
As we have shown in this guide, there are many reasons why you might want to consult with a personal injury solicitor if you’ve been injured because of somebody else’s negligence. You might wonder why you should use us rather than accident claims solicitors based in Chesterfield. After all, there are many law firms based around Saltergate, St Mary’s Gate and Glumangate. We believe we’re in a great position to help you as we’ve chosen to specialise in personal injury claims whereas some firms specialise in other areas of law such as criminal, family or probate law.
In reality, the location of a solicitor’s office doesn’t matter as claims are generally handled over the phone, email and online. That also benefits you because it makes things a little quicker and you don’t need to travel. Furthermore, if you search beyond the Chesterfield area, you could find a lawyer that has worked on a case like yours recently or one who specialises in certain types of injury claims.
We have a team of specialist solicitors who can work on cases in the Chesterfield area who have over 30-years experience of handling personal injury claims. If your case is strong enough, could appoint a solicitor to work on it on a No Win No fee basis. Importantly, your solicitor will do everything they can to achieve the highest amount of compensation possible for your injuries.
If the case is taken on, your solicitor will start by conducting a telephone consultation. This will be used to give them a full understanding of your injuries and to make sure they include everything within your claim. Then they’ll begin collecting evidence to back up your allegations. As part of that process, you will need to have your injuries assessed by an independent specialist. This will be booked locally for you to reduce how far you need to travel.
After the evidence has been secured, the claim will be sent to the defendant (or their insurer). So that you’re not bombarded with complex questions, your solicitor will be the contact for any queries or objections. If necessary, additional evidence will be sent to try and counter any arguments about liability.
Where a compensation offer is made, your solicitor won’t simply accept it. They’ll consider whether it fully reflects the nature of your injuries. If it doesn’t they’ll negotiate on your behalf to try and achieve the correct settlement level for you. To discuss how our accident claims solicitors covering Chesterfield could support you, please feel free to call today.
Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
As you’ll probably have loads of questions to ask us when you get in touch, we’ve answered some we’re asked regularly below:
What Services Could A Solicitor Provide?
Here at Accident Claims UK, we have a team of friendly and professional solicitors who are always keen to try and ensure our clients receive the right amount of compensation.
As part of our free consultation, they’ll offer free accident claims advice and assess whether you have a valid personal injury claim. If they believe you’ve got a strong case, they could introduce you to a no win no fee solicitor to take on your case.
Some of our accident claims solicitors have up to 30 years’ experience of handling many types of personal injury claims.
Does My Solicitors Location Matter?
Modern improvements in communication mean many accident claims solicitors covering Chesterfield are happy to manage compensation claims over email or the telephone. This could allow you to base your choice of solicitor on their experience and recent successes rather than where they are based.
Our panel of accident claims solicitors aren’t based in Chesterfield aren’t located locally but can happily help with any accident claim in the Chesterfield region.
Could I Claim Without Seeing A Doctor?
To prove how serious your injuries were, accident claims solicitors need to present a report which shows what injuries were sustained, how they affected you and how they could do in the future.
The reports need to be independent, so we use a panel of doctors around the country to perform the assessment. When your personal injury lawyer receives the report, they can use it in conjunction with other medical records and evidence to support the accident compensation they’ve asked for.
Where Could I Have A Medical Exam?
As we like to reduce the amount of travelling required during your claim, we use a panel of medical specialists in and around Chesterfield. Here are a few we could use:
Chesterfield Chiropractic Clinic
Chesterfield, S40 4TE.
Rajeev T Jahagirdar
Chesterfield, S40 1LG.
Thanks for reading this guide about accident claims in Chesterfield. For further information, we’ve listed some more guides, links and resources which we hope you’ll find useful.
Whiplash Injuries – An NHS guide about the symptoms and treatment of whiplash.
Workplace Accident Reporting – Information from the HSE regarding when you need to report workplace accidents.
Chesterfield Court – The website for Chesterfield’s local court with details of opening times and contact details.
Medical Negligence Compensation Claim – Information about injuries caused by medical negligence.
Personal Injury Claims Calculator – This useful guide explains the amounts of compensation accident claims solicitors covering Chesterfield could claim for specific injuries.
This is the end of our guide on personal injury solicitors in Chesterfield and accident claims solicitors in Chesterfield. If you would like to discuss how our solicitors who cover the Chesterfield area could help, please call today.
Edited by Mel.