Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?
If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.
Our personal injury services
We have helped hundreds of people in St Austell, Cornwall and across the UK get compensation for:
Am I entitled to make a personal injury 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 exceptions?
Yes. Practically speaking, a number of factors can impact whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or if there is an uninsured driver involved.
We can verify whether you have a valid claim over the phone. Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker:
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 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:
St Austell road accident claims
Road users should be able to start a claim for compensation if they have been injured on St Austell's roads because of another party's actions.
No matter if you have been involved in a cycling accident, or were a passenger in a car accident on St Austell's roads, Quittance's guide explains how to make a road accident injury claim.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in St Austell
If you have been injured because of your employer's actions, you have the right to make a claim.
Whether you are an employee, self-employed or even on a zero-hours contract, our work injury claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful claim.Work accident claims
Other types of claim
Public place injuries
Officially recorded figures underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are the single most common cause of injury at work in Cornwall and the UK as a whole in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the initiators of injuries classified under another heading e.g. being struck by moving machinery or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place (Cornwall local authority) negligence claims injuries such as torn ligaments sustained on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with recent street trips having happened in the area.
Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from occupational asthma to siderosis.
Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims
More injury claim types
Quittance understand the vital change compensation can make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. Damages should lessen the financial load on an injured person so they can focus on recovery. The panel of solicitor firms have aided claimants affected by major accidents. Injuries and medical conditions considered to be catastrophic or serious include brain tumours and amputation.
Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims
St Austell 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, St Austell 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 St Austell, Cornwall 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.
Why Quittance Legal Services?
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 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
if you can claim
to start a claim
Frequently asked questions
What is Quittance's track record of winning claims in St Austell?
We are a national network of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in St Austell, Cornwall and across the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.
Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Cornwall seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from workplace accidents to car accidents.
Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim is as 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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.
What should you look for when checking St Austell solicitor reviews?
Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.
Do you have to choose a law firm in St Austell?
The majority of large firms operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.
In general, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.
What are the road accident statistics in St Austell
Our network of certified solicitors have decades of experience in achieving optimum general and special damages for claimants hurt in a road accident in St Austell.
Accidents involving vehicles in St Austell are not uncommon. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,907. Accidents in St Austell in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A3058 and B3274 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A390 and A3058 junction.
Work accident statistics in St Austell
The latest 2019 work accident figures for the Cornwall Local Authority (2013/14) was available under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Saftey Executive and set out below:
|RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Cornwall Local Authority||Reported Injuries|
|Machinery related injury||25|
|Exposed to fire||2|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)||6|
|Fall from height||81|
|Slip or trip||192|
|Struck by moving vehicle||11|
|Struck by object||75|
|Crushed by something collapsing||5|
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.
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.
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*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
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?
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.
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.
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.