Personal injury claims
If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.
You can make a compensation claim on a no win, no fee basis. If your injury claim is unsuccessful you won't have to pay any money to your solicitor.
Each year, we help injured claimants in Penzance, Cornwall and across the UK get compensation for their injuries, loss of earnings and any other losses.
How were you injured?
There are several steps involved in making an injury claim. The steps involved will depend on how and where you were injured.
For more information, see:
Am I entitled to make a claim?
You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury 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. There are several other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or how close to the claim limitation date you are.
We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to an expert now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker.
What if I was injured as a child?
An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.
If you were injured when you were under 18 years old, you have until your 21st birthday to make claim.
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 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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
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:
Penzance road accident claims
Accidents involving drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users in Penzance are relatively common. Department of Transport data shows there were 1436 road accidents in Cornwall in 2021, including 1184 slight accidents, 238 accidents and 14 fatalities. Accidents in the Penzance region in 2013 included car crashes on the A30 and B3311 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A30 and B3315 crossroads.
We can help people injured in road accidents that have occurred in Penzance and throughout England and Wales. You may be able to claim compensation if you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian and another road user was liable.
Whether you were hurt in a car collision, or have suffered an injury as a pedestrian, we're here to help. This guide to road accident claims explains what you need to know about making a claim.
Work accident claims in Penzance
Per 100,000 workers, there were 253 non-fatal work accidents and 0.38 fatalities in Cornwall in 2021.
|Work accidents in Cornwall (RIDAGGR)||Reported Injuries|
|Machinery related injury||4%|
|Exposed to fire||0%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)||1%|
|Fall from height||12%|
|Slip or trip||29%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||2%|
|Struck by object||11%|
|Crushed by something collapsing||1%|
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.
Employers and site operators owe a duty of care to their staff, to visitors and contractors. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a fitness trainer or a care home worker, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful work accident claim.
Clinical negligence claims in Penzance
Medical negligence is the term for when a patient suffers an injury or illness due to a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust covering Penzance.
Public place accidents claims in Penzance
Owners and operators of privately-owned land or property are known as 'occupiers'. Occupiers have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of anyone on their property.
Whether you have been injured in a pub or in a playground, and the owner or occupier of the location was responsible, you may be entitled to make an injury claim.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place, we can help.
Serious injury claims
Serious injuries, often referred to as catastrophic injuries, are those which have a life-changing impact on an injured claimant and their family. These include head, brain and spinal injuries, and can also include other injuries and health conditions that significantly affect your life and ability to work.
If you have suffered a serious injury, we understand the vital difference a successful claim can make.
Our panel of catastrophic injury lawyers will help coordinate with care professionals and insurance providers to ensure you get the best medical and financial support.
Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?
If you are planning to start a claim, you do not need to go to a solicitor's office.
You can talk to a legally-trained advisor about your accident or injury, before you choose to start a claim.
Whenever you are ready, you can speak to a solicitor. They will address any questions you have, and will take care of each stage of the claims process until you recieve your compensation.
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 Penzance and cross the UK.
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Have you helped many claimants in Penzance?
Each year, we help hundreds of injured people in Penzance, Cornwall and across the country.
Whether you have been injured in a bicycle accident or due to medical negligence we can introduce you to the right solicitor for your claim.
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.
Penzance injury solicitor reviews
All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Despite the strict professional standards that lawyers must meet, the quality of service they deliver can vary.
Online reviews can help you to select which solicitor is the right fit for your claim.
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.
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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
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.
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.
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.