Why choose Quittance for your personal injury claim?
Have you had to take time off work to recover from your injuries? Has your daily life been affected? If so, our team can help.
If your injuries were caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation.
Every year, we help hundreds of people in Matlock, Derbyshire and across the UK. We can help you get the compensation you need too.
There are several steps involved in making an injury claim. The steps involved will depend on how and where you were injured.
Please select how you were injured:
Can I claim?
You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was at least partly to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?
Yes. Practically speaking, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the type of accident, the quantum of the claim or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.
A short phone call will tell you whether you have a valid compensation claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Claim Checker.
Can a child claim injury compensation?
As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.
If you were injured when you were under 18 years old, you have until your 21st birthday to make claim.
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.
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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my 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:
Road accident claims in Matlock
Accidents on Matlock's roads are quite common. Official 2021 data recorded 1607 road accidents in Derbyshire (1229 slight accidents, 352 accidents and 26 fatalities).
All road users in Matlock and across the UK, owe a legal duty of care to each other, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. If someone else was to blame for your injury, you may be able to claim compensation.
Whether you were hurt as a pedestrian, or were hurt in a collision with another vehicle, our useful guide explains what you need to do to start a road accident injury claim.
Work accident claims in Matlock
There were 2 fatalities and 682 other work accidents in Derbyshire in 2021.
|Work accidents in Derbyshire (HSE)||Reported Injuries|
|Machinery related injury||10%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. exposure to teflon fumes)||3%|
|Fall from height||5%|
|Slip or trip||23%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||5%|
|Struck by object||13%|
|Trapped by something collapsing||1%|
If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any losses or expenses.
Whether your accident happened while working as a care home worker or a hospital porter, our guide to work accident claims covers everything you need to know about making a successful no win, no fee claim.
Clinical negligence claims in Matlock
Clinical negligence is the term for when a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from one of the clinics and NHS trusts covering Matlock.
Public place accidents claims in Matlock
An occupier (owner or operator) of premises has a legal duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors.
Whether you were hurt in a restaurant or on a pavement, you may be entitled to claim.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place we can help you make an injury claim for financial compensation.
Compensation for serious injuries
Catastrophic injuries usually lead to long-term health issues, ongoing medical treatments, disability or reduced life-expectancy. These injuries include spinal and skull fractures, complex fractures and serious head trauma, but could also include injuries affecting the senses, cancer and other diseases arising from exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals.
We understand how vital catastrophic injury compensation can be, helping you to focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. A claim will help to ease the financial burden, stress and uncertainty following a serious accident.
Will I have to visit my solicitor's office?
Personal injury claims are carried out by phone, post and email, so there will be no need to travel to your solicitor's office when claiming compensation.
Before you start your claim, you can speak to a trained injury claims advisor about your options.
If you decide to start a claim, you will speak to a specialist solicitor. Your solicitor will always be available to answer any questions, and they will keep you updated every step of the way.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Matlock and cross the UK.
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- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
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Has Quittance helped many Matlock injury claimants?
We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Matlock, Derbyshire, or anywhere in the UK.
Regardless of whether you were hurt at your workplace or due to a negligent diagnosis, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.
Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?
Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.
Matlock injury solicitor reviews
Although the Solicitors Regulation Authority regulates professional standards for solicitors in England and Wales, the actual quality of service varies widely.
Online reviews will make it easier find the right solicitor for your claim.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, 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 for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.