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

If either your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, we can help.

How we can help

We have helped hundreds of people in Melksham, Wiltshire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. There are several other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or the quantum of the claim.

Talk to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our 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

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 Melksham

If you are hurt in an accident on Melksham's roads as the result of a negligent road user, you may be able to claim injury compensation.

No matter if you have suffered an injury as a pedestrian on Melksham's roads, or have been hurt in a crash on a roundabout, the Quittance road accident compensation guide sets out what you need to know about the claims process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Melksham

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

Whatever your job is, whether you had a fall from height or have been diagnosed with vibration white finger, our work injury claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place injuries

Officially reported statistics reveal that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Wiltshire in 2015. These types of accident are sometimes the precursor to accidents attributed to other causes such as being struck by moving machinery or an electrocution accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries like broken wrists sustained on raised kerb stones are also common with slips having happened on Dowding Way and on Church Street.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with getting compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from radiation exposure to asthma caused by colophony.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

Courts understand that a serious injury has a life-altering impact on a claimant and their family. Quittance work hard for compensation for serious injury and illness, which includes reimbursement for private medical treatment and case costs. The panel of expert solicitors have helped families receive damages for numerous major injuries and conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as catastrophic or serious include degloving injuries, major surgical negligence and lung cancer.

Read more: Serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Melksham 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, Melksham 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 Melksham, Wiltshire 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 are here to 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.

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Frequently asked questions

Have the solicitors handled many Melksham claims?

We are a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that assists people in Melksham, Wiltshire and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Wiltshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and workplace accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean that making an injury claim is as stress-free as possible.

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 choose a local Melksham solicitor ?

The location of the solicitor is not very critical as injury cases now tend to be conducted by phone and email.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors practice that offers medical facilities near Melksham as you will usually be expected to attend a medical examination.

Read more : Do you have a local medical centre?

Comparing Melksham personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

The difference in the level of fees between different lawyers is considerable.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of £9,404 for a fractured femur might vary from £5,642 to £7,993.

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What are the road accident statistics in Melksham

Quittance's panel of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors have decades of experience in achieving the highest damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Melksham.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Melksham are common. Gov.uk statistics show 17 fatal accidents, 174 serious accidents and 1283 slight accidents in 2013 in Wiltshire (Total events were 1474 local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,607. Incidents in the Melksham area in 2013 included crashes on the A365 and A350 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A3102 and A350 roundabout.

What are the Melksham work accident statistics?

The latest 2019 work injury information in the Wiltshire Local Authority (2013/14) collated in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in Wiltshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other74
Electricity related2
Machinery related15
Explosion related (e.g. gas)0
Exposed to fire5
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)4
Fall from height (scaffolding)63
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)22
Lifting and handling injuries141
Physical assault24
Slip or trip144
Struck against18
Struck by moving vehicle14
Struck by object60
Trapped underneath something3

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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