Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick due to someone else's actions, you may be able to claim compensation.

How we can help you

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Ilminster, Somerset and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury 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 points to consider?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or how close to the claim limitation date you are.

A brief phone consultation will tell you whether you are eligible to make a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. 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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Ilminster road accident claims

Drivers, pedestrians and riders have a right to make a claim for compensation if they have been injured on Ilminster's roads as the result of another party's actions.

No matter if you were injured as a pedestrian, or were a passenger in a car accident, our specialist team are here. Our useful guide explains what you need to do to make a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Ilminster

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any losses or expenses.

Whatever your job, whether you are a policeman injured in the line of duty or an estate agent injured on a property viewing, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics reveal that employee slips and trips are still the most common accident at work in Somerset and the UK as a whole. They are sometimes the forerunner to accidents attributed to other reasons like being hit by machinery or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as sprained ankles suffered on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on High St.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

When a person is injured as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a clinical 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 at fault.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to make a formal complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

Further information: Clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The Quittance team understand the change an injury claim will make to people whose lives have been impacted by major injury. By relieving the stress a major injury imposes on an injured person, compensation allows them to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of solicitors for many years have helped families affected by serious accidents.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Ilminster 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, Ilminster 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 Ilminster, Somerset 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

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

What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in Ilminster?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of expert personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Ilminster, Somerset and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in Somerset get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to accidents on the road.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

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. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Do you need to instruct a local lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitors office is not relevant as cases are typically run without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to choose a solicitors practice that offers a national network as claimants will need to attend a medical assessment.

Read more : What is the process for attending a medical?

The contrast in the amount of success fees between different solicitors working on No Win No Fee agreements can have a significant impact on your compensation.

For example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person having been awarded £28,345 for vibration white finger affecting causing a change in job might vary from £17,007 to £24,093.

More information How much can you claim?

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Ilminster - Tips for comparing firms

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

What are the road accident statistics in Ilminster

Accidents involving vehicles in Ilminster are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1608 accidents (1390 slight accidents, 190 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Somerset council area. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,623.

Our network of certified no win no fee lawyers have vast experience in getting optimum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Ilminster.

What are the Ilminster work accident statistics?

The latest 2019 accident figures for the South Somerset Local Authority (2013/14) reported under regulations by the Health and Saftey Executive as follows:

Work accidents in South Somerset Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
Other21
Electric shock injury0
Contact with machinery11
Fire related0
Harmful substance related3
Fall from height23
Animal related (e.g. livestock)0
Lifting and handling injuries63
Physical assault7
Slip or trip47
Struck against11
Struck by moving vehicle4
Struck by object20
Trapped underneath something0

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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