Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?
Our personal injury experts are here to help.
Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent driver, employer or any other party, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Every year, we help injured people in Portsmouth, Hampshire and across the UK get compensation for their injuries, loss of earnings and any other losses.
How were you injured?
The injury claims process varies according to how your injury happened.
For more information, see:
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.
What if I was injured as a child?
Claimants who were injured as a child have until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own behalf. An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.
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:
Portsmouth road accident claims
Department of Transport data shows there were 481 road accidents in Portsmouth in 2021, including 330 slight accidents, 150 accidents and 1 fatalities. 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.
If you have been injured on Portsmouth's roads, or anywhere in the UK, you may be entitled to claim compensation. An injury claim may be possible if you were injured:
- As driver or passenger
- On a motorbike or bicycle
- As a pedestrian
- On public transport
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.
Portsmouth work injury claims
According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 142 non-fatal and 0 fatal work-related accidents in Portsmouth. 100 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.
|Portsmouth work accidents (HSE)||Reported Injuries|
|Machinery related injury||1%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)||1%|
|Fall from height (scaffolding)||11%|
|Injured by an animal||0%|
|Slip, trip or fall (not from height)||26%|
|Hit by vehicle||3%|
|Hit by falling object||10%|
|Trapped under falling object||0%|
If you were injured at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.
By law, all employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a police officer or a cleaner, our work accident claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.
Portsmouth medical negligence claims
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, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust covering Portsmouth, including Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (Trust Headquarters, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire).
Portsmouth public place injury claims
An individual or company that owns or occupies a property has a legal duty of care to the people who visit it.
Whether you were injured on public transport or at a leisure centre, and someone else was at fault, you could be able to claim.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place, we can help.
Compensation claims for serious injuries
Catastrophic injuries that require extensive or ongoing treatment, or have a debilitating impact on your life, could include paraplegia, spinal and brain damage and amputations.
Severe scarring, eye injuries, and debilitating health conditions are also considered to be serious injuries.
If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.
Our panel of catastrophic injury lawyers will help coordinate with medical professionals and insurance providers to ensure you get the care and financial support you need.
Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?
There is no need to visit your solicitor's office in person if you are thinking about making a claim.
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 Portsmouth and cross the UK.
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Frequently asked questions
Has Quittance helped many Portsmouth injury claimants?
We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Portsmouth, Hampshire, or anywhere in the UK.
Regardless of whether you were hurt whilst doing your job or due to a negligent diagnosis, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.
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.
Portsmouth injury solicitor reviews
Although the Solicitors Regulation Authority regulates professional standards for solicitors in England and Wales, the actual quality of service varies widely. Personal recommendations, word of mouth and online reviews will help you to choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.
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.
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).