Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

How we can help you

Each year, we help injured claimants in Penzance, Cornwall and across the UK get compensation for:

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 612 7456. You can also 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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Penzance road accident claims

Penzance road users have a right to claim compensation if they have been hurt as the result of someone else's negligence.

Whether you were hurt in a car collision on Penzance's roads, 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 what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Penzance

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.

Whatever the circumstances of your injury, whether you are a roofer injured on a building site or a media executive injured in the office, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Public place injuries

Government statistics stress the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most frequent cause of injury at work in Cornwall in 2015. Slips and trips are frequently connected to injuries filed under a different category like being hit by a runaway vehicle, being trapped by something collapsing or a river drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries like broken toes suffered on spillages are also quite common with slips having happened on St. Clare Street and on Holly Terrace.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from industrial deafness to rubber industry health and safety lapses.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

The long-term effect serious and catastrophic injury can have is understood by Courts when calculating how much compensation to pay.

Quittance's panel of expert lawyers work for compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes compensation for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. The panel of solicitors work with Courts, medical professionals and insurance providers, helping to ensure claimants impacted by major accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries held by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include serious psychiatric harm, paralysis and chemical burns.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Penzance 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, Penzance 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 Penzance, Cornwall 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

Why Quittance Legal Services?

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

How much experience do you have of injury claims in Penzance?

We are a UK-wide network of expert solicitors that helps injured people in Penzance, Cornwall and throughout the country, obtain compensation.

We have helped 100's of claimants throughout Cornwall seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from slips and trips at work to car passenger accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, 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.

Will you need to instruct a local legal firm ?

The location of the solicitors office is not so relevant as cases are managed by phone and email.

It is however necessary to select a solicitors' firm that has medical facilities near you as you will need to go to a medical exam.

More on : What is the process for attending a medical?

The difference in the level of personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is an important consideration for claimants.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded £12,379 for chest injuries could conceivably vary from £7,427 to £10,522.

Further reading - Get a personal injury quote

Penzance solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by solicitors can differ.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be revealing when deciding which lawyer to select.

Find out more Personal injury solicitor reviews

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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.

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert