Making a personal injury compensation claim

Has your life or ability to work been affected by your injury? Our personal injury specialists can help.

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

How did your injury happen?

Starting a personal injury claim is not complicated, but the process will differ depending on how and where you were injured.

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Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

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

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

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or if there is an uninsured driver involved.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker.

Are claim rules the same if a child is injured?

Claimants who were injured as a child have until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own behalf. As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can instruct an injury lawyer to start a compensation claim on behalf of the child until they turn 18 years old.

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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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

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 Newton Abbot

Accidents involving drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users in Newton Abbot are quite common. Official 2021 data recorded 1695 road accidents in Devon (1366 slight accidents, 302 accidents and 27 fatalities).

You can claim compensation if you were injured as a driver or passenger and another road user was liable. You can also claim compensation if you were injured as a motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian.

Whether you were hurt in a collision on the motorway, or were the victim of a hit-and-run driver, we can help. Our guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

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Road accident compensation claims

Newton Abbot work injury claims

According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 647 non-fatal and 3 fatal work-related accidents in Devon. 463 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.

If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation.

Employers owe a duty of care to their staff. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a support worker or a school teacher, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful work accident claim.

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How common are Newton Abbot work accidents?

Devon work accidents (HSE)Reported Injuries
Undefined9%
Machinery related injury1%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)2%
Fall from height (scaffolding)13%
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)0%
Manual handling20%
Physical attack7%
Slip, trip, fall same level24%
Struck against2%
Struck by moving vehicle4%
Struck by object15%
Trapped by something collapsing1%

Newton Abbot medical negligence claims

When a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against one of the clinics and NHS trusts responsible for Newton Abbot.

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Clinical negligence compensation

Newton Abbot public place injury claims

An individual or company that owns or occupies a property has a legal duty of care to the people who visit it.

Whether you were hurt on a station platform or on a loose paving stone on a footpath, you could be able to start an injury claim.

If you've been in an accident in a public area, our panel of personal injury solicitors can help you.

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Serious injury claims

Serious injury claims, include compensation for life-altering injuries such as paraplegia, spinal and brain damage and amputations.

Personal injury solicitors understand the importance of focussing on treatment and recovery. Your solicitor will take care of the legal process and will coordinate with medical professionals and insurance companies at every stage of the claim.

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Serious injury compensation

Will I need to go into a solicitor's office?

When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.

You can talk to a legally-trained advisor about your accident or injury, before you choose to start a claim.

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.

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 Newton Abbot 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:

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  • 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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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance helped many Newton Abbot injury claimants?

We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Newton Abbot, Devon, or anywhere in the UK.

Regardless of whether you were hurt due to a manager's negligence, in a car or bike accident or in a supermarket, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Newton Abbot personal injury solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary. Online reviews will make it easier choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator