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

If your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, Quittance Legal Services can help.

How can we help

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

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you were injured or made ill:

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

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In reality, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or whether there was a criminal incident.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our 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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Bath road accident claims

You have a right to start a claim for compensation if you were injured on Bath's roads because of another road user's negligence.

Whether you sustained an injury as a pedestrian, or have been hurt in a crash on a roundabout, our expert team can help. This useful guide explains what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Bath

Have you have had an accident at work and your employer or another member of staff was to blame? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

Whether you suffered a sprain or have been exposed to asbestos, our work accident claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place accidents

Officially reported figures indicate that slips and trips are by some margin the most frequent cause of injury at work in Wiltshire. They are frequently the precursor to accidents attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by another person or a fall from a ladder. Injuries sustained in public place, e.g. a fractured vertebrae from a fall on poorly maintained pavement, are also quite common with street trips having happened on Tyning Rd and on the Avenue.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Medical negligence is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you only want answers as opposed to financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to raise a complaint against Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, you can contact Bath NHS House, Newbridge Hill, Bath, Avon.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The Quittance team recognise the critical difference a compensation claim will make to the lives of people who have been affected by serious injury.

Quittance's network of specialist solicitors aim for the maximum compensation for major injuries. This includes reimbursement for medical treatment and care costs. Our network of law firms correspond with medical practitioners, Courts and insurers, helping to ensure people affected by major accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries which are held to be serious and catastrophic range from brain tumours to serious psychiatric harm.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Bath 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, Bath 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 Bath, Somerset 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

Your questions answered

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Bath?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of results-focussed solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Bath, Somerset and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Somerset seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and industrial disease.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Bath solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by lawyers can vary to a large extent.

Online reviews can be a good place to start if you are attempting to decide which solicitor to act for you.

See Personal injury solicitor reviews

Will I need a local solicitor?

Going for a local firm is less important as cases now tend to be managed by phone and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a law firm that has national medical coverage as claimants will be expected to go to an independent medical examination.

The contrast in success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between lawyers is a material consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person awarded £16,310 for ankle injuries causing some permanent problems can vary from £9,786 to £13,863.

Read more at How to compare injury solicitors quotes

What are the road accident statistics in Bath

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Bath are relatively frequent. Government statistics reveal 17 fatal accidents, 174 serious accidents and 1283 slight accidents in 2013 in Wiltshire (Total events were 1474 council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,607. Incidents in the Bath region in 2013 included crashes on the dual carriageway of the A36 and A367 roundabout and on the A4 and A46 roundabout.

Quittance's network of professional road traffic accident solicitors have a wealth of experience in getting the best settlements for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Bath.

Work accident statistics in Bath

The latest 2019 work accident figures in the Wiltshire Local Authority (2013/14) was available in accordance with legislation by the Government and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Wiltshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other74
Electricity related2
Machinery related15
Explosion related (e.g. gas)0
Exposed to fire5
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)4
Fall from height (scaffolding)63
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)22
Lifting and handling injuries141
Physical assault24
Slip or trip144
Struck against18
Struck by moving vehicle14
Struck by object60
Trapped underneath something3

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.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor