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.

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

What caused your injury?

Depending on how your injury happened, the compensation claims process will vary. A specialist solicitor will guide you through the stages of making a claim.

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Can I make a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In practice, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or 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.

What if the injured claimant is a child?

Regardless of when the injury occurred, an injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child at any point until the child's 18th birthday.

If you were injured when you were under 18 years old, you have until your 21st birthday to make claim.

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Child injury compensation claims

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

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.

Shepton Mallet road accident claims

Vehicle accidents in Shepton Mallet are quite common. Government data indicates there were 967 road accidents in Somerset in 2021 (782 slight accidents, 164 accidents and 21 fatalities). Accidents in the Shepton Mallet area in 2013 included crashes on the roundabout of the A371 and A361 mini-roundabout and on the A37 and A361 roundabout.

We can help people injured in road accidents that have occurred in Shepton Mallet 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 have been hurt in a crash, or have been involved in a cycling accident, we can assist. Our guide sets out what you need to do to make a road accident claim.

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Work accident claims in Shepton Mallet

According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 549 non-fatal and 2 fatal work-related accidents in Somerset. 382 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.

If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

Employers and site operators owe a duty of care to their staff, to visitors and contractors. Whether you sustained an injury when working as an office worker or a motorcycle courier, our work injury claim guide explains your rights and to make a successful no win, no fee claim.

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Work accident compensation claims

How common are Shepton Mallet work accidents?

Somerset work accidents (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Not specified11%
Machinery related4%
Explosion related0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. welding rods)2%
Fall from height8%
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)2%
Lifting33%
Assault3%
Slip, trip, fall same level24%
Struck against3%
Struck by moving vehicle1%
Hit by falling object11%
Trapped by something collapsing0%

Clinical negligence claims in Shepton Mallet

Medical negligence is the term for when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust responsible for Shepton Mallet, including Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset).

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Claim clinical negligence compensation

Public place accidents claims in Shepton Mallet

Owners and operators (occupiers) of publicly accessible premises have a duty of care to ensure the safety of anyone on their property.

Whether you have been injured in a nightclub or in a playground, and another party caused your injury, you may be entitled to claim.

If you've been injured in a public place, we can help you.

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Public place accident compensation claims

Claim compensation for a serious injury

Catastrophic injuries that require extensive or ongoing treatment, or have a debilitating impact on your life, could include brain injuries, and skull or spinal fractures.

Our panel of expert catastrophic injury solicitors understand the difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.

Compensation will ease the financial burden and reduce stress, so you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. Your solicitor will work with insurance providers and medical professionals, to help you get the support you need.

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Serious injury compensation

Will I have to visit my solicitor's office?

There is no need to visit your solicitor's office in person if you are thinking about making a claim.

Before you start your claim, you can speak to a trained injury claims advisor about your options.

Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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 Shepton Mallet and cross the UK.

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

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  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

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FAQs

Has Quittance helped many claimants in Shepton Mallet?

Whether you live in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, or elsewhere in the UK, we can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim.

Whether your injury occurred at your place of work or as a result of a missed diagnosis we will ensure your case is handled by an expert, specialist solicitor.

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.

Shepton Mallet personal injury solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary.

Online reviews will make it easier choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

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.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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**

*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.

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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.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator