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

If either you or a member of your family have been hurt in an accident, we can help you make a compensation claim.

How can we help

We have helped injured claimants in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim?

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

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, 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, including the circumstances of your injury, when the date of knowledge was or whether causation can be established.

A short phone call will tell you whether you can claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. 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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Gateshead road accident claims

Gateshead road users can claim compensation if they are injured as the result of another party's negligence.

It does not matter if you have been hurt in a car collision, or have suffered an injury as a pedestrian on Gateshead's roads, the Quittance road accident compensation claim guide explains everything you need to know about how to get started.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Gateshead

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

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, a temp or on a zero-hours contract, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Medical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for closure as opposed to claiming compensation. For example, you can contact Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, to make a complaint against Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more about Medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from mesothelioma to farmers lung.

Read more about Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

We understand the vital difference injury compensation can make to people whose lives have been impacted by catastrophic and serious injury.

Quittance's team fight to get the maximum compensation for serious injuries, which includes claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Read more about Serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Gateshead 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, Gateshead 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 Gateshead, Tyne and Wear 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 fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

We can 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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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Frequently asked questions

Have you handled many Gateshead claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear and across the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants throughout Tyne and Wear get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from whiplash to accidents at work.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

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.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Gateshead - What to consider

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to more casual and friendly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

The disparity in the amount of fees between firms is a material consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a claimant having been awarded £84,634 for extensive fractures causing serious long term problems can vary from £50,780 to £71,938.

Further reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

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 network of medical professionals.

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

What are the road accident statistics in Gateshead

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Gateshead are not uncommon. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 652 accidents (591 slight accidents, 53 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Gateshead local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 699. Incidents in the Gateshead area in 2013 included collisions on the unknown of the A167 and A184 junction and on the dual carriageway of the A186 and A189 crossroads.

Our panel of proficient road traffic accident legal advisors have vast experience in obtaining the best settlements for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Gateshead.

What are the Gateshead work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019 work accident figures for the Gateshead Local Authority (2013/14) are listed in accordance with RIDDOR by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Gateshead Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other46
Electric shock injury3
Machinery related15
Exposed to explosion0
Fire related (e.g. burns)1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)7
Fall from height26
Animal related1
Lifting and handling injuries90
Physical assault12
Slip, trip, fall same level90
Struck against9
Hit by vehicle5
Hit by object46
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.

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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