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

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we can help.

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

Every year, we help hundreds of people in Launceston, Cornwall and across the UK get the best possible compensation for their injuries.

How did your injury occur?

The injury claims process varies according to how your injury happened.

Please select how you were injured to find out more:

Am I entitled to make a claim?

If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you should be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

Yes. Practically speaking, a number of factors can impact whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or when the date of knowledge was.

Talk to an injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you have a claim. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker.

Do I have longer to claim if injured as a child?

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'. If you suffered an injury as a child, you have until you turn 21 years old to claim compensation.

Read more:

Child injury compensation claims

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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.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in Launceston

Official 2021 data recorded 1436 road accidents in Cornwall. 1184 slight accidents, 238 accidents and 14 fatalities occurred on Cornwall's roads in 2021. Accidents in the Launceston area in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A30 and A388 junction and on the roundabout of the A388 and B3254 mini-roundabout.

If you've been injured by another road user's actions or negligence, we can help you get the support and financial compensation you need for your recovery.

Whether you were hurt as a pedestrian, or have been hurt in a collision on a roundabout, our specialist team are here. Our guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

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Claim road accident compensation

Work injury claims in Launceston

In 2021, there were 490 non-fatal work accidents and 1 fatalities in Cornwall, based on official records.

HSE-reported Cornwall work accidentsReported Injuries
Unspecified11%
Electrocution0%
Machinery related injury4%
Exposed to fire0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)1%
Fall from height12%
Animal related0%
Lifting23%
Physical assault3%
Slip or trip29%
Struck against3%
Struck by moving vehicle2%
Struck by object11%
Crushed by something collapsing1%

If you have sustained an injury because of your employer's negligence, you may be legally entitled to make a claim.

All employers owe a duty of care to their employees. Whether you were injured or made ill when working as an agency worker or a gardener, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

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Work accident compensation

Medical negligence claims in Launceston

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a patient is injured as the result of a GP or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against any of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Launceston, including Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall).

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

Public place injury claims in Launceston

UK law imposes a duty of care on property owners and operators (occupiers) to ensure that their property is safe for anyone visiting the premises.

Whether you have been injured in a car park or when travelling on public transport, you could be entitled to claim.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident in public, we can help.

Read more:

Public place accident claims

Serious injury compensation

A serious or catastrophic injury is defined as an injury that results in a life-changing disability. Serious injuries typically include brain or spinal injuries.

Facial scarring, injuries to the senses, and health conditions such as Chronic Pain Syndrome are also considered to be life-altering injuries.

We know how important a successful serious injury claim will be. Compensation will help to reduce the financial burden, and your specialist catastrophic injury solicitor will also liaise with insurers and care professionals, so you can focus on your recovery.

Read more:

Serious injury compensation claims

Will I have to visit my solicitor's office in person?

There is no need to visit your solicitor's office in person if you are thinking about making a claim.

Before you start your claim, you can speak to a trained injury claims advisor about your options.

If you decide to make a compensation claim, your solicitor will take you through the process over the phone. You will be able to speak to your solicitor at any stage and you wlll receive regular updates.

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.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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 Launceston 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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FAQs

Have you helped many claimants in Launceston?

Every year, we help hundreds of injury claimants in Launceston, Cornwall and across the UK.

Whether you have been injured during a negligent medical procedure or on the road we can introduce you to the best personal injury solicitor for your needs.

Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Launceston solicitor reviews

All personal injury solicitors are regulated by the SRA. Although injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary.

Online reviews and word of mouth can help you decide which injury lawyer is the right fit for you.

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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.

Read more:

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.

Read more:

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.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

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.

Read more:

Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator