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

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, we can help you claim compensation.

How Quittance can help

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Bideford, Devon and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to make a compensation claim if you suffered an illness or injury:

  • 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. In practice, a number of factors can impact whether a successful claim will be possible, including the circumstances of your injury, whether the claim is considered to be low-quantum or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.

Why not speak to an expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online 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 calculator

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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Bideford road accident claims

You should be able to claim injury compensation if you were involved in an accident and injured on Bideford's roads due to a careless driver.

No matter if you have been involved in a motorbike accident, or were a passenger in a car accident, we can assist. The Quittance road accident compensation claim guide explains what you need to know about the compensation process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Bideford

If you have suffered an injury as a result of your employer's actions or negligence, you have the right to make a claim.

No matter what your employment status, whether you had a fall or have been diagnosed with vibration white finger, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Officially reported data highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accident in the Devon workplace. They are typically the precursor to accidents attributed to other reasons for instance being struck by machinery, a fall from a height or a toxic substance accident. Public place cases for injuries such as broken ankles sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with kerb stone trips having occurred on Yelland Road and on the Quay.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Clinical negligence is the term for when a person is injured due to a doctor or other health worker's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

Courts recognise that a serious injury will have a major effect on an injured person. By relieving the pressure catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured claimant, an injury claim allows them to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation. The panel of solicitor firms for many years have helped claimants affected by major accidents.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Bideford 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, Bideford 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 Bideford, 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

Why Quittance Legal Services?

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

Have you won many injury claims in Bideford?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Bideford, Devon and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Devon get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from building site accidents to car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on your recovery.

Does Quittance offer 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 that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Bideford?

You do not need to choose a lawyer near you.

In general, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

The variation in fees charged by law firms working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is quite surprising.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of £48,403 for a very severe ankle injury could vary from £29,042 to £41,143.

See How to compare injury solicitors quotes

What should be considered when checking reviews for solicitors in Bideford?

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

What are the road accident statistics in Bideford

Our network of trained lawyers have vast experience in getting the best compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Bideford.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Bideford are relatively common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,427. Accidents in the Bideford region in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A386 and B3236 junction and on the single carriageway of the B3233 and A386 other junction.

What are the Bideford work accident statistics?

The latest 2019 work accident data for the North Devon Local Authority (2013/14) collated under legislation by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace 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

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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