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

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

If you have been injured and you think it is someone else's fault, you could make a claim for financial compensation.

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

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

If you have been 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.

  • 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 quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or if there is an uninsured driver involved.

Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you have a claim. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Claim Checker.

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

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:

How much can I claim?

Portishead road accident claims

We can help people injured in road accidents that have occurred in Portishead 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 sustained an injury in a hit-and-run, or have been hurt in a crash, our expert team can help. our useful guide explains how to claim road accident compensation.

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Claim road accident compensation

work accident claims in Portishead

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 shop worker or a caterer, our guide to work accident claims covers everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

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Work accident compensation claims

Clinical negligence claims in Portishead

When someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against a private clinic or NHS trust covering Portishead.

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Claim clinical negligence compensation

Public place accidents claims in Portishead

There is a legal duty on the owners (occupiers) of premises to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors.

Whether you were hurt at an amusement park or in a restaurant, and someone else caused the accident, you may be entitled to claim.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a public place, we can help.

Read more:

Claim public place accident compensation

Serious injury compensation

Catastrophic injuries usually lead to long-term health issues, ongoing medical treatments, disability or reduced life-expectancy. These injuries include amputations, paralysis and brain injuries.

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.

Read more:

Serious injury compensation claims

Portishead No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Portishead injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Portishead, Somerset and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal 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.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 you will have nothing to pay.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 Portishead and cross the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 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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FAQs

What is your track record of winning claims in Portishead?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated solicitors that assists injured people in Portishead, Somerset and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Somerset get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents on building sites.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.

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.

Comparing Portishead personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Do you need to select a local Portishead lawyer?

The location of the firm is less critical as injury cases are typically run by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a law firm that offers a national network as you will need to go to a medical exam.

More on : Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

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

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for loss of hearing in one ear could vary between £25,300 and £36,850 (based on 2015 market research).

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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.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor