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 can we help

Each year, we help injured people in Smethwick, West Midlands and across the UK claim compensation for:

Can I make a claim?

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

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

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. There are various other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or whether a minor was injured.

A brief phone call will tell you whether you can claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, 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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Smethwick road accident claims

If you were hurt in an accident on Smethwick's roads because of the actions of another road user, you are entitled to start a claim for compensation.

Whether you were involved as a pedestrian, or were hurt in a collision on Smethwick's roads, we're here to help. Our expert guide sets out how to make a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Smethwick

You may be enttitled to make a work accident claim if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

No matter what your job is - whether you are a plasterer injured on a building site or an accountant injured in the office, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Accidents in a public place

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics highlight the fact that employee slips and trips are still the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Birmingham and the Black Country workplace. Slips, trips and falls are frequently connected to injuries filed under a different category like being hit by an object falling from a ladder, a fall from a height or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like sprained ankles happening on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with recent slips having happened on Holyhead Road and on Brasshouse Lane.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with securing compensation for industrial illness that range from radiation exposure to mercury poisoning.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

We recognise the critical change a successful claim will make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. By relieving the stress catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured claimant and their family, an injury claim enables them to focus on their rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of law firms have aided families claim damages for a wide range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and illnesses categorised as serious and catastrophic include asbestos-related disease, cerebral palsy and paralysis.

Find out more: Serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Smethwick 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, Smethwick 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 Smethwick, West Midlands 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

How can Quittance 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

Has Quittance handled many claims in Smethwick?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that helps claimants in Smethwick, West Midlands and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

The solicitors have helped hundreds of people in the West Midlands get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and building site accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Reviews for lawyers in Smethwick

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Do you need to choose a local Smethwick injury lawyer ?

The location of a solicitor is not so relevant as cases are typically run by phone and email.

However, you should instruct a solicitors practice that offers national medical coverage as claimants will almost always need to go to a medical examination.

Read more - Can I attend a medical centre near me?

What are the road accident statistics in Smethwick

Quittance's group of accredited litigators have a wealth of experience in obtaining the best awards for people who have been injured in a road accident in Smethwick.

Accidents involving vehicles in Smethwick are reasonably common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 3315 accidents (2913 slight accidents, 373 serious accidents and 29 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Birmingham local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,584. Incidents in the Smethwick area in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A457 and A4030 slip road and on the dual carriageway of the A4252 and A41 roundabout.

What are the Smethwick work accident statistics?

The most up to date 2019 accident at work statistics for the Birmingham Local Authority (2013/14) are listed under reporting legislation by the HSE as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Birmingham Local AuthorityReported Injuries
Undetermined150
Electric shock injury6
Machinery related injury43
Explosives related1
Exposed to fire2
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)13
Fall from height (ladder)106
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)5
Lifting and handling injuries361
Physical attack128
Slip, trip, fall same level374
Struck against50
Hit by vehicle19
Hit by object145
Trapped by something collapsing5

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.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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