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If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.
We have helped injured people in Keynsham, Somerset and across the UK. We can help you get the compensation you need too.
How did your injury happen?
The injury claims process varies according to how your injury happened.
Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?
You should be able to make a compensation claim if you were injured:
- in the last three years (limitation) and
- was caused by another party (causation) and
- that party owed you a duty of care (liability).
Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?
Yes. In reality, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or when the date of knowledge was.
A brief phone consultation will let you know whether you are eligible to make a claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker.
Do I have longer to claim if injured as a child?
Whether you were injured at school, in a playground or any other circumstance, you can start a claim at any point until your 21st birthday.
If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
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 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 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
- 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.
Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:
Road accident claims in Keynsham
Road accidents in Keynsham are reasonably common. Department of Transport data reveals there were 967 road accidents in Somerset in 2021, including 782 slight accidents, 164 accidents and 21 fatal accidents. Accidents in the Keynsham area in 2013 included car crashes on the A4 and A4174 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A4 and B3116 roundabout.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault in Keynsham, or anywhere in England or Wales, you may be entitled to claim compensation. A compensation claim could be possible if you were injured as a:
- Driver or passenger in a car
- Rider or pillion on a motorbike
- Lorry, HGV or van driver or passenger
- Public transport user (bus or taxi)
- Cyclist or e-scooter rider
Whether you have been hurt in a collision, or were injured in a hit-and-run, we can help you take action. our useful guide explains what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.
Keynsham work accident claims
According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 549 non-fatal and 2 fatal work-related accidents in Somerset. 382 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.
|Somerset work accidents (HSE)||Reported Injuries|
|Electric shock injury||1%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)||1%|
|Fall from height (scaffolding)||10%|
|Animal related (e.g. dog bites)||0%|
|Slip, trip, fall same level||22%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||2%|
|Hit by object||9%|
|Trapped by something collapsing||1%|
Have you suffered an injury at work and your employer or another member of staff was negligent? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.
All employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a waiter or a roofer, our guide to work accident claims covers everything you need to know about making a successful claim.
Keynsham clinical negligence claims
Clinical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against any of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Keynsham, including Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset).
Keynsham Occupiers liability injury claims
Owners and operators of privately-owned land or property are known as 'occupiers'. Occupiers have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of anyone on their property.
Whether you have been injured in a hotel or at a public swimming pool, and a third party was responsible, you may be able to claim compensation.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident in public, we can help.
Compensation claims for serious injuries
A serious (catastrophic) injury is where a claimant's quality of life is impaired to the extent where they are forced to make permanent changes to their daily life. Serious injuries typically include brain or spinal injuries, and can also include other injuries and health conditions that significantly affect your life and ability to work.
If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.
A claim will ease the financial burden, helping you and your family to focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert serious injury lawyers coordinate with insurance providers and medical professionals, so you get the rounded support you need.
Do I need to visit a solicitor's office?
Personal injury claims are conducted remotely. This means you won't have to travel to your solicitor's office when making a claim.
You can begin with a free phone consultation with a legally-trained advisor. Your advisor will set out your options for compensation, and there is no obligation to proceed.
If you decide to start a claim, you will speak to a specialist solicitor. Your solicitor will always be available to answer any questions, and they will keep you updated every step of the way.
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 Keynsham and cross the UK.
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Frequently asked questions
Have you helped many Keynsham injury claimants?
We help 100's of injured workers, road users and other claimants in Keynsham and Somerset every year.
A specialist solicitor will fight hard to settle your claim and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured as a result of a missed diagnosis or in a car accident.
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.
Keynsham personal injury solicitor reviews
The SRA regulate the professional standards of all injury solicitors. Despite this, service levels do vary from firm to firm. Online reviews and word of mouth can help you decide which injury lawyer is the right fit for you.
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.
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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
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.
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.
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.