Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became ill due to another party's negligence, we're here to help.

How we can help you

Each year, we help injured people in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I eligible to make a personal injury 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 (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or the location of the injury.

It costs nothing to find out if you can claim. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Claim Checker:

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

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.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

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

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
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

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:

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Whaley Bridge road accident claims

You have the right to make a claim for compensation if you are injured on Whaley Bridge's roads as the result of the actions of another road user.

Whether you have been involved in a hit-and-run on Whaley Bridge's roads, or were hurt in a collision on a roundabout, our specialist team can help. The Quittance useful guide explains how to make a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Whaley Bridge

If you were injured at work and someone else was to blame, you might be able to claim compensation.

Whatever your job - whether you are a plasterer injured on a building site or a journalist injured in the office, our work accident claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Public place accidents

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.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

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

Other types of claim

Whaley Bridge No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Whaley Bridge injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Starting a claim

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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FAQs

What experience do the 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.

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?

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Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If 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 on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can 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.

Taken from average case times, 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**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early 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 before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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