Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

We can help you to claim compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

How we can help

We have helped hundreds of people in Barnstaple, Devon and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

The key criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or how close to the claim limitation date you are.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Personal Injury 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

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:

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Road accident claims in Barnstaple

Barnstaple road users should be able to claim injury compensation if they are injured as the result of another party's actions.

No matter if you have been hurt in a car collision on Barnstaple's roads, or sustained an injury as a pedestrian, we can assist. The Quittance road accident compensation claim guide sets out everything you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Barnstaple

You may be able to make an accident at work claim if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, a temp or on a zero-hours contract, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Officially reported statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in Devon. They are typically the precursor to injuries categorised as something else like being struck by a falling object, a fall from height or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (North Devon local authority) accident claims injuries such as broken wrists suffered on poorly maintained paths are also common with street falls having occurred on Forches Avenue and on Boutport Street.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

When someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact North Devon District Hospital, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple, Devon, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

Read more about Clinical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The Quittance team recognise the critical difference a successful claim will make to the lives of people whose lives have been impacted by catastrophic and serious injury.

Quittance's panel of lawyers work hard for maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, including reimbursement for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Read more about Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Barnstaple 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, Barnstaple 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 Barnstaple, Devon 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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Frequently asked questions

What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in Barnstaple?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Barnstaple, Devon and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Devon seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and industrial disease.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Do you need to go with a local solicitor?

The whereabouts of the firm is not especially relevant as cases are usually run without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice with national medical coverage as you will be expected to attend an independent medical examination.

See - Will I have to attend a medical?

Barnstaple personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers can vary significantly.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be informative if you are weighing up which lawyer to work with.

Read more : Quittance reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Barnstaple

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Barnstaple are quite common. Police reporters reveal that there were 16 fatal accidents, 294 serious accidents and 2094 slight accidents in 2013 in Devon (Total events were 2404 local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,427.

Our group of expert no win, no fee injury solicitors have decades of experience in achieving optimum compensation for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Barnstaple.

What are the Barnstaple work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019 injury and illness data in the North Devon Local Authority (2013/14) was available under legislation by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in North Devon Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
Other17
Machinery related injury3
Explosion related (e.g. gas)0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. mercury poisoning)1
Fall from height11
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)0
Manual handling36
Assault0
Slip, trip, fall same level35
Struck against6
Struck by moving vehicle1
Struck by object19

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.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor