Our Personal Injury Services

If your life or work has been affected by your injury, we can help.

You can make a no win, no fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

We have helped injured claimants in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear and throughout the UK claim No Win, No Fee compensation for their injuries.

How did your injury happen?

Starting a personal injury claim is not complicated, but the process will differ depending on how and where you were injured.

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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 other factors that could affect my right to claim?

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.

How long does a child have to start a claim?

Claimants who were injured as a child have until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own behalf. As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can act as a 'litigation friend' and instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of your child.

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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.

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

Calculate my injury compensation

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.

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Gateshead road accident claims

Official gov.uk data for 2021 shows there were 317 road accidents in Gateshead. There were 253 slight accidents, 59 accidents and 5 fatal accidents in 2021. 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.

You can claim compensation if you were injured as a driver or passenger and another road user was liable. You can also claim compensation if you were injured as a motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian.

Whether you have been hurt in a car crash, or have suffered an injury as a pedestrian, our road accident compensation claim guide explains everything you need to know about how to get started.

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Road accident compensation claims

Gateshead work injury claims

According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 176 non-fatal and 0 fatal work-related accidents in Gateshead. 133 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.

Gateshead work accidents (HSE)Reported Injuries
Other13%
Electric shock injury1%
Machinery related4%
Exposed to explosion0%
Fire related (e.g. burns)0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)2%
Fall from height7%
Animal related0%
Lifting and handling injuries26%
Physical assault3%
Slip, trip, fall same level26%
Struck against3%
Hit by vehicle1%
Hit by object13%
Trapped by something collapsing0%

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

Employers owe a duty of care to their staff. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a welder or a chef, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful work accident claim.

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Gateshead medical negligence claims

When a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a GP or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against one of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Gateshead.

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Clinical negligence compensation

Gateshead public place injury claims

By law, an individual or organisation that owns or occupies a property has a responsibility for the safety of anyone who visits it.

Whether you have been injured on a station platform or at a leisure centre, you could be able to start an injury claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in a public place, we can help.

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Occupier's liability injury claims

Serious injury compensation

Compensation claims for particularly severe injuries include serious burns, complex fractures and head trauma.

Our panel of expert catastrophic injury solicitors understand the difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.

Compensation will ease the financial burden and reduce stress, so you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. Your solicitor will work with insurance providers and medical professionals, to help you get the support you need.

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Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?

When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.

You can talk to a legally-trained advisor about your accident or injury, before you choose to start a claim.

Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

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How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Gateshead and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance helped many Gateshead injury claimants?

We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, or anywhere in the UK.

Regardless of whether you were hurt due to clinical negligence or due to your employer's negligence, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.

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.

Gateshead solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, but service levels vary considerably. Online reviews and word of mouth will make it easier find the right solicitor for your claim.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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.

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Will I have to go to court?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor