Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

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

How we can help

Every year, we help injured people in Bristol and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Do I have a personal injury claim?

The basic 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 considerations?

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 specific details of the accident, whether the defendant is uninsured or whether causation can be established.

A brief phone consultation will tell you whether you can claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, 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

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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Bristol road accident claims

You are entitled to start a claim for compensation if you are injured in an accident on Bristol's roads due to a careless driver.

It does not matter whether you were hurt in a crash on a roundabout, or were injured riding a cycle on Bristol's roads, our guide to road accident compensation claims sets out what you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Bristol

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any other losses or expenses.

However your injury occurred, whether you had a crash or inhaled toxic fumes, our work accident claim guide explains your rights and to make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data expose the fact that slips and trips are the most frequent accident at work in Bristol and Avon. They are often the cause of accidents recorded in another category for instance being hit by hand tools in use, a fall from a height or a harmful substance accident. Public place legal claims for injuries such as strained muscles happening on potholes are also quite prevalent with incidents having happened recently.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence is the term for when a patient suffers injury or illness due to a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for answers instead of injury compensation. For example, to make a formal complaint against North Bristol NHS Trust, you can contact Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Bristol, Avon.

Read more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The long-term effect serious injury can have will be acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when they are determining compensation. By relieving the stress a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on an injured person and their dependants, an injury claim helps people to concentrate on their recovery. Our network of lawyers for many years have helped families impacted by serious accidents.

Read more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Bristol 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, Bristol 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 Bristol 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

Our team

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 experience do your solicitors have of injury claims in Bristol?

We are a national network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists claimants in Bristol and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of claimants in Bristol get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained at work and accidents due to poor road conditions.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can 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 a local Bristol lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitors office is not very critical as cases are, as a matter of course, managed remotely.

It is however necessary to choose a company that has medical facilities near Bristol as you will usually have to go to a medical exam.

Bristol personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by solicitors, as with any service, can vary to a large extent.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be a good place to start when deciding which solicitor to instruct.

Read Reviews

The diversity in success fees between lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is surprising.

As an example the amount retained by a claimant being awarded compensation of £3,360 for a wrist fracture could vary from £2,016 to £2,856.

Further reading : How to compare personal injury fees

What are the road accident statistics in Bristol

Road accidents involving vehicles in Bristol are quite common with statistics showing a total of 1110 accidents (1004 slight accidents, 94 serious accidents and 12 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bristol council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,201. Incidents in Bristol in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A4044 and A38 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A38 and B4051 junction.

Quittance's panel of skilled no win no fee solicitors are experienced in getting optimum settlements for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Bristol.

Work accident statistics in Bristol

The most recent 2019 work accident data in the Bristol Local Authority (2013/14) are published in accordance with regulations by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Bristol Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Undetermined63
Electricity related1
Machinery related injury15
Exposed to explosion1
Fire related1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. welding rods)6
Fall from height54
Animal related1
Lifting and carrying161
Physical assault48
Slip, trip, fall same level175
Struck against21
Hit by vehicle16
Hit by object72
Trapped under falling object2

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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