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

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

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Every year, we help injured people in Cornwall, Cornwall and across the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a claim?

The key criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have 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. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or where the injury occurred.

We can confirm your eligibility to claim over the phone. Speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online 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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Cornwall road accident claims

Drivers, pedestrians and riders have a right to claim compensation if they are hurt on Cornwall's roads due to someone else's actions.

Whether you sustained an injury in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a collision on Cornwall's roads, our team are here. The Quittance useful guide explains what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Cornwall

Have you suffered an injury at work and your employer, or another member of staff, was responsible? If so you may be able to claim compensation through their liability insurance.

Whether you are an employee, self-employed or even on a zero-hours contract, our guide to work accident claims covers everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Officially reported statistics underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in South West England. These types of accident are frequently the precursor to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine, a carrying injury or an electrocution accident. Public place litigation for injuries such as broken arms occurring on potholes are also quite common with pavement crack trips having happened on Fore St.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

When a person is injured as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, the panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you just want a better understanding of events rather than claiming compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can contact Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, to make a complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Medical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The Quittance team understand the vital difference injury compensation can make to seriously injured claimants.

By relieving the stress catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured claimant, an injury claim helps individuals to focus on rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of specialist law firms have for many years aided claimants affected by severe accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are held by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include dioxin poisoning, serious pharmaceutical error and brain injuries.

See: Serious injury compensation

Other types of claim

Cornwall 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, Cornwall 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 Cornwall, Cornwall 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 handling claims in Cornwall?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Cornwall and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

The solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across Cornwall seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and part-time worker injuries.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Cornwall personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by lawyers can vary a great deal.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can help build a picture if you are weighing up which lawyer to pick.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a law firm near you.

In most cases, the only aspect that should be carried out locally 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.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for neck injuries causing spondylosis, serious limitation of movement or permanent/recurring pain, for example, ranges from £11,110 to £20,185 (based on 2015 market data).

What are the road accident statistics in Cornwall

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Cornwall are relatively commonplace. Official statistics reveal 27 fatal accidents, 193 serious accidents and 1584 slight accidents in 2013 in Cornwall (Total events were 1804 local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,907.

The panel of expert lawyers have decades of experience in achieving maximum compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike crash in Cornwall.

Cornwall work accident statistics

The most recent 2019 injury and illness information for the Cornwall Local Authority (2013/14) are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR by the Health and Saftey Executive in the following table:

HSE reported work accidents in Cornwall Local AuthorityReported Injuries
Unspecified71
Electrocution3
Machinery related injury25
Exposed to fire2
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)6
Fall from height81
Animal related3
Lifting152
Physical assault19
Slip or trip192
Struck against17
Struck by moving vehicle11
Struck by object75
Crushed by something collapsing5

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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