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

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, we can help you claim compensation.

Our personal injury services

Every year, we help injured people in Portsmouth, Hampshire 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:

  • 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 various other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or the quantum of the claim.

A brief phone consultation will let you know whether you are eligible to make a claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. You can also find out if you have a claim with our 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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Portsmouth road accident claims

Drivers, pedestrians and riders should be able to make a claim for compensation if they have been injured on Portsmouth's roads as the result of someone else's carelessness.

Whether you were injured as a pedestrian, or have been hurt in a car accident, this road accident compensation guide explains everything you need to know about the claims process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Portsmouth

If you were injured at work in the last three years, you should be able to claim compensation.

Whatever your job is, whether you a demolition worker hurt on a building site or a paramedic injured in the line of duty, our work accident claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Public place accidents

Health and Safety statistics underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Hampshire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the precursor to injuries classified under another heading e.g. being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Portsmouth local authority) accident claims injuries like torn ligaments occurring on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with falls having occurred on Commercial Road and on Slindon Street.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Clinical negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened rather than financial damages, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to raise a complaint against Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, you can write to Trust Headquarters, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

More about Clinical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

We recognise the vital change a successful claim will make to people whose lives have been affected by serious and catastrophic injury. A claim will lessen the financial load and reduce stress so a claimant enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation.

The panel of specialist serious injury solicitors work with insurance companies, Courts and medical practitioners, helping to ensure families impacted by serious accidents receive the support they need.

More about Catastrophic injury compensation

Other types of claim

Portsmouth 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, Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth, Hampshire 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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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Frequently asked questions

What is your track record of handling claims in Portsmouth?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Portsmouth, Hampshire and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

The solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Hampshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents in the office.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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 don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Portsmouth?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Portsmouth solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Reviews can certainly be enlightening if you are weighing up which solicitor best serves your needs.

See Solicitor reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Portsmouth

Our group of certified injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in securing the best compensation for anyone injured in a car accident in Portsmouth.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Portsmouth are common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 727 accidents (611 slight accidents, 115 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Portsmouth local authority. By 2014 the total had decreased to 693. Accidents in Portsmouth in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A2030 and A2047 roundabout and on the A288 and B2154 roundabout.

Work accident statistics in Portsmouth

The latest 2019 injury and illness figures in the Portsmouth Local Authority (2013/14) are compiled in accordance with reporting legislation by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in Portsmouth Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other39
Electrical injury0
Machinery related injury3
Explosives related1
Fire related1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)2
Fall from height (scaffolding)29
Injured by an animal0
Lifting74
Physical attack10
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)72
Struck against9
Hit by vehicle7
Hit by falling object28
Trapped under falling object1

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.

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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