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

If you were injured or became sick due to someone else's actions, you may be able to claim compensation.

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We have helped injured claimants in Southampton, Hampshire and across the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to 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 (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. Practically speaking, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or if there is an uninsured driver involved.

Talk to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, 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.

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Road accident claims in Southampton

If you are injured on Southampton's roads because of the actions of another road user, you may be able to claim injury compensation.

It does not matter if you sustained an injury in a cycling accident, or have been hurt in a car collision, we are here to help. Our expert guide explains what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Southampton

If you have sustained an injury because of your employer's actions or negligence, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whether you are an employee, self-employed or even on a zero-hours contract, our work accident claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Recorded data underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common accident at work in Hampshire. They are often the cause of injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes like being hit by a falling object, being trapped by something collapsing or a lake drowning accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as bruised backs occurring on potholes are also quite common with incidents having occurred on St. Mary's Rd and on St Mary's Street.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

When a patient sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are only looking for answers instead of starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to make a formal complaint against Solent NHS Trust, you can write to Highpoint Venue, Bursledon Road, Southampton, Hampshire.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from occupational asthma to solvent exposure.

See: Industrial disease compensation claim

Industrial disease claims

Southampton 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, Southampton 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 Southampton, 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

Free, no obligation advice

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.

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Frequently asked questions

How much experience do the solicitors have of handling claims in Southampton?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of expert personal injury lawyers that assists claimants in Southampton, Hampshire and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted 100's of claimants in Hampshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents on the road to accidents at work.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Reviews for lawyers in Southampton

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

The variation in the amount of insurance premiums and success fees charged by firms is important for claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded £4,221 for a broken tibia or fibula could vary from £2,533 to £3,588.

More information Compare solicitors

Do you need to go with a local injury lawyer ?

The location of the firm is not so critical as injury cases are typically conducted remotely.

However, you should go with a solicitors' firm that provides national medical centres as you will be expected to go to a medical exam.

More : Do you have a medical centre in or near Southampton?

What are the road accident statistics in Southampton

Quittance's network of accredited no win no fee injury lawyers are experienced in achieving optimum compensation for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles across Hampshire are relatively commonplace. Police reporters reveal that there were 46 fatal accidents, 660 serious accidents and 2955 slight accidents in 2013 in Hampshire (Total events were 3661 council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,743.)

Work accident statistics in Southampton

The most recent 2019 work accident stats for the Southampton Local Authority (2013/14) are published under reporting legislation by the HSE and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Southampton Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other47
Electric shock0
Machinery related injury11
Fire related1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)4
Fall from height28
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)0
Lifting and handling injuries91
Assault25
Slip, trip or fall91
Struck against11
Hit by vehicle5
Hit by object28
Trapped underneath something1

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.

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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