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.

How we can help you

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Paignton, Devon and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, the law entitles you 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).

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or the location of the injury.

A short phone consultation will tell you exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our 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 Paignton

Drivers, pedestrians and riders may be able to make a claim for compensation if they are hurt on Paignton's roads because of someone else's negligence.

It does not matter whether you have suffered an injury in a hit-and-run, or were hurt in a collision, our guide to road accident compensation sets out everything you need to know about the claims process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Paignton

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

No matter what your employment status, whether you slipped a disc or have been exposed to asbestos, our work accident claim guide shows you how to make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place injuries

Government statistics highlight the fact that slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Devon and the UK as a whole in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are typically the precursor to accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by a reversing vehicle or a toxic substance accident. Public liability cases for injuries like broken ankles happening on slippery pavements are also quite common with recent street trips having happened on Paignton Rd and on Marldon Rd.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that range from asbestos related illness to silicosis.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

The lasting effect serious and catastrophic injury has will be acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when determining what a claim is worth.

Damages should lessen the financial burden on an injured claimant and their family so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist solicitor firms correspond with medical experts and insurance companies, helping to ensure families impacted by serious accidents and injuries get medical and financial support.

Further information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Paignton 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, Paignton 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 Paignton, Devon 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 can 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

What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in Paignton?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of specialist solicitors that assists people injured in Paignton, Devon and across the country, get compensation.

In 2017, we have assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Devon get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to industrial disease.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Will I need to select a local Paignton injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitors office is less critical as injury cases are run remotely.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice with national medical coverage as claimants will need to attend a medical examination.

See : Will I have to attend a medical?

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For a fractured femur, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from £7,370 to £11,385 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Paignton solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can differ considerably.

Reviews can certainly be enlightening if you are considering which lawyer to go with.

Read more Personal injury lawyer reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Paignton

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Paignton are common with statistics showing a total of 364 accidents (311 slight accidents, 51 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Torbay local authority. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 363. Incidents in the Paignton region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A3022 and B3060 junction and on the B3201 and A379 roundabout.

Our network of proficient no win, no fee lawyers have years of experience in getting optimum damages for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Paignton.

What are the Paignton work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019 work accident statistics for the Torbay Local Authority (2013/14) collated under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in Torbay Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
General12
Machinery related3
Explosion related (e.g. dust)0
Fire related (e.g. burns)0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)4
Fall from height (ladder)15
Lifting and carrying30
Physical assault6
Slip, trip or fall39
Struck against6
Struck by moving vehicle2
Hit by object7
Crushed by something collapsing0

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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