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

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

How can we help

Every year, we help injured people in Northumberland and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

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

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

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the specific details of the accident, where the injury occurred or whether there is sufficient evidence to support your claim.

It costs nothing to find out if you are entitled to injury compensation. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury 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 Northumberland

You have the right to claim injury compensation if you were injured in an accident on Northumberland's roads because of a careless road user.

Whether you were hurt in a car collision, or were injured riding a cycle on Northumberland's roads, Quittance's road accident compensation claim guide explains everything you need to know about starting a claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Northumberland

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

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, a temp or on a zero-hours contract, our guide to work accident claims explains your rights and to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Accidents in a public place

Health and Safety statistics highlight the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most common accident in the North East England workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are typically the precursor to injuries filed under a different category like being struck by a falling object, a fall from a ladder or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as broken toes happening on spillages are also quite prevalent with street falls having happened on Village Hall.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from chemical poisoning to asthma caused by colophony.

See: Industrial disease compensation claim

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

We understand the critical change compensation can make to seriously injured claimants.

By reducing the financial stress catastrophic and serious injury places on a claimant, a successful claim allows individuals to concentrate on their rehabilitation. Quittance's network of lawyers have helped people claim damages for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as serious range from serious psychiatric harm to back injuries.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Northumberland 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, Northumberland 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 Northumberland 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

Starting a claim

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

Have you handled many claims in Northumberland?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of expert personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Northumberland and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we helped 100's of claimants in Northumberland seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to building site accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make the claims process as 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. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

Read Northumberland personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Reviews can be revealing if you are considering which solicitor best serves your needs.

See Personal injury lawyer reviews

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

You do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

In most cases, the only aspect that needs a local service provider 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 network of medical professionals.

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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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