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

If your life has been affected by illness or injury, Quittance Legal Services are here to help.

Our personal injury services

Every year, we help injured claimants in Bridgwater, Somerset and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • 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, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or when the date of knowledge was.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim. Speak to an expert now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker:

Check my claim

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:

Calculate compensation

Bridgwater road accident claims

You may be able to claim injury compensation if you are hurt on Bridgwater's roads as the result of the actions of another driver.

It does not matter if you have been hurt in a collision, or were injured in a cycling accident, our specialist team are here. Quittance's guide to road accident compensation explains everything you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Bridgwater

If you have been injured or made ill as a result of your employer's negligence, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

However your injury occurred, whether you or nurse injured in a hospital, our work injury claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

HSE figures indicate that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most frequent accident at work in Somerset and the UK. Slips and trips are frequently the initiators of accidents attributed to other causes such as being hit by moving machinery or a quarry drowning accident. Public place (Sedgemoor local authority) compensation claims for injuries like broken ankles suffered on slippery pavements are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on Wembdon Hill and on Dunkery Rd.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to make a formal complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

Further information: Clinical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The long-term effect of serious injury will be understood by insurers and the Courts when they are determining injury compensation.

By relieving the pressure a serious or catastrophic injury puts on a claimant, compensation enables individuals to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation.

Our network of law firms have for many years aided claimants affected by major accidents.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Bridgwater 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, Bridgwater 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 Bridgwater, 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

Why Quittance?

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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

Call me back

  • Tick icon FREE consultation
  • Tick icon Find out if you can claim
  • Tick icon No obligation to start a claim

Frequently asked questions

Have the solicitors handled many Bridgwater claims?

We are a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Bridgwater, Somerset and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of people throughout Somerset seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including factory accidents and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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.

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a solicitor 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.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Bridgwater solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by solicitors can vary to a large extent.

Researching reviews can certainly be enlightening if you are mulling over which solicitor to pick.

Read Reviews

The contrast in the amount of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is important for claimants.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded £11,858 for serious thumb injuries could vary from £7,115 to £10,079.

Read more at How to compare personal injury fees

What are the road accident statistics in Bridgwater

Our network of accredited solicitors have a wealth of experience in getting maximum settlements for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Bridgwater.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Bridgwater are not uncommon with statistics showing 28 fatal accidents, 190 serious accidents and 1390 slight accidents in 2013 in Somerset (Total events were 1608 local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,623.

Bridgwater work accident statistics

The latest 2019 accident statistics for the Sedgemoor Local Authority (2013/14) reported in accordance with RIDDOR by the Government in the table below:

Work accidents in Sedgemoor Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Undetermined19
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)1
Machinery related injury9
1
Exposed to fire0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. welding rods)2
Fall from height (ladder)8
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)4
Lifting47
Physical attack2
Slip or trip30
Struck against1
Hit by vehicle3
Struck by object12
Trapped underneath something1

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.

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert