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

If your life and ability to work has been affected by an injury, we can help.

How we can help

Every year, we help hundreds of people in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a claim?

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

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances, how close to the claim limitation date you are or whether your chosen solicitor believes your claim has a prospect of success.

It costs nothing to find out if you are entitled to injury compensation. Speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. 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

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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Burton Upon Trent road accident claims

If you are hurt in an accident on Burton Upon Trent's roads because of a careless road user, you are entitled to start a claim for compensation.

Whether you have suffered an injury as a pedestrian, or have been hurt in a car accident on Burton Upon Trent's roads, our team are here. Quittance's guide to road accident claims explains what you need to know about the claims process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Burton upon Trent

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp employed via an agency, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Official data indicate that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Staffordshire. They are quite often lead to injuries attributed to other reasons such as being struck by moving machinery or a fall from a ladder. Public place (East Staffordshire local authority) compensation claims for injuries such as facial scarring sustained on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with recent slips and trips having happened on Wellington St and on Main St.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other medical professional. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want a detailed explanation of what happened rather than financial damages. For example, you can write to Queen's Hospital, Belvedere Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: Medical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

We understand the vital difference an injury claim will make to people affected by serious and catastrophic injury. By limiting the pressure serious injury places on an injured person and their family, injury compensation helps individuals to prioritise their recovery. The panel of specialist serious injury solicitors work with the Courts, doctors and health professionals and insurance companies ensuring people impacted by severe accidents receive legal and medical support.

Read more: Serious injury compensation

Other types of claim

Burton upon Trent 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, Burton upon Trent 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 Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire 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

How much experience do you have of claims in Burton upon Trent?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and throughout the UK, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted 100's of claimants throughout Staffordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from public place accidents to ladder accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make the claims process as 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.

Do you have to choose a lawyer in Burton upon Trent?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

For the majority of claims, 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 the amount of fees charged by law firms working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is significant.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person awarded £25,719 for a serious wrist injury can vary from £15,431 to £21,861.

Further reading Compare solicitors

Read Burton Upon Trent solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be a good place to start when mulling over which lawyer to choose.

Read Solicitor reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Burton upon Trent

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Burton Upon Trent are reasonably common. Official statistics show 24 fatal accidents, 141 serious accidents and 2697 slight accidents in 2013 in Staffordshire (Total events were 2862 local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,083. Incidents in the Burton Upon Trent region in 2013 included collisions on the A5121 and A5189 roundabout and on the A511 and A5121 roundabout.

Quittance's panel of professional road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving optimum settlements for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Burton Upon Trent.

Burton Upon Trent work accident statistics

The latest 2019 injury and illness stats in the East Staffordshire Local Authority (2013/14) are listed under reporting legislation by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in East Staffordshire Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
Other37
Electrocution2
Machinery related injury8
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)1
Fire related (e.g. burns)0
Harmful substance related4
Fall from height (ladder)11
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)2
Lifting and handling injuries50
Assault6
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)60
Struck against6
Hit by vehicle5
Hit by object21
Trapped under falling object0

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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