Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Our personal injury services

Every year, we help injured claimants in Newbury, Berkshire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Do I have a claim?

The key criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • 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 exceptions?

Yes. In practice, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or when the date of knowledge was.

A short phone consultation will tell you whether you have a valid compensation claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant 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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Newbury road accident claims

You may be able to claim compensation if you sustained an injury on Newbury's roads as the result of a careless driver.

It does not matter whether you sustained an injury in a cycling accident, or were a passenger in a car accident, Quittance's guide to road accident claims explains everything you need to know about starting a claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Newbury

If you have suffered an injury as a result of your employer's negligence, you have the right to make a claim.

No matter what your job is - whether you are a plumber injured on a building site or a journalist injured in the office, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Public place injuries

Government figures underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Berkshire and the UK in 2014/15. These types of accident are often lead to injuries attributed to other causes such as being hit by material under pressure, a lifting injury or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place negligence claims injuries such as torn ligaments sustained on pavement cracks are also common with street falls having occurred on Turnpike Estate and on Andover Rd.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of a GP or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong rather than starting an injury claim. For example, to make a formal complaint against Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from asbestos related illness to asthma caused by colophony.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Industrial disease claims

Newbury 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, Newbury 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 Newbury, Berkshire 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

Should I choose Quittance?

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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FAQs

What is your track record of injury claims in Newbury?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of expert personal injury solicitors that helps people in Newbury, Berkshire and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Berkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on public transport and accidents on building sites.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Are Newbury claimants restricted to only local law firms?

Many injury lawyers operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

In general, the only aspect that will need to be performed locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Comparing injury solicitors in Newbury - online reviews

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

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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.

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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