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

If you've been injured in an accident, we can help you to claim compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

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We have helped injured people in Dartmouth, Devon and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • 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 reality, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury, when the date of knowledge was or whether causation can be established.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim 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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Road accident claims in Dartmouth

You are entitled to start a claim for compensation if you were involved in an accident and injured on Dartmouth's roads as the result of the negligence of another driver.

No matter if you were injured in a cycling accident, or have been hurt in a car collision on Dartmouth's roads, Quittance's guide to road accident compensation explains what you need to know about how to get started.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Dartmouth

If you have sustained an injury at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.

No matter what your job is - whether you are a carpenter injured on a building site or a journalist injured in the office, our guide to work accident claims covers everything you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Accidents in a public place

Officially reported statistics stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Devon. They are sometimes connected to injuries classified under another heading for instance being hit by tools in use, being trapped by something collapsing or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place (South Hams local authority) cases for injuries such as facial scarring sustained on obstructed footpaths are also common with recent kerb stone trips having occurred in the area.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

When a patient suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are just looking for answers instead of starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can contact Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

For more information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

We understand the change injury compensation can make to people affected by serious and catastrophic injury.

By relieving the pressure catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured person and their family, a successful claim helps individuals to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation.

For more information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Dartmouth 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, Dartmouth 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 Dartmouth, 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

Advice and help

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 your solicitors have of handling claims in Dartmouth?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Dartmouth, Devon and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Devon get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and accidents on public transport.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Do I need to select a local Dartmouth injury lawyer ?

Going for a local law firm is not so critical as cases are, as a matter of course, handled remotely.

However, you should instruct a company that provides a national network as claimants will almost always need to attend a medical exam.

Check Dartmouth solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, vary considerably.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can be revealing when mulling over which solicitor to go with.

Read Solicitor reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Dartmouth

Our network of qualified no win no fee solicitors are experienced in fighting for optimum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Dartmouth.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Dartmouth are quite common with statistics showing a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,427.

Work accident statistics in Dartmouth

The latest 2019 accident at work information for the South Hams Local Authority (2013/14) was available in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in South Hams Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
General14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)0
Machinery related injury9
Exposed to explosion0
Fire related1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)2
Fall from height12
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)1
Manual handling25
Assault0
Slip, trip or fall32
Struck against2
Struck by moving vehicle5
Struck by object17
Trapped by something collapsing0

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.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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