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

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

How can we help

We have helped injured people in St Ives, Cornwall and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

If you have been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

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

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. There are numerous 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 when the date of knowledge was.

We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. 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.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in St Ives

Drivers should be able to start a claim for compensation if they have been hurt on St Ives's roads as the result of another party's negligence.

It does not matter if you have been hurt in a crash, or were involved in a hit-and-run, our useful guide explains how to make a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in St Ives

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

Whatever you do for a living, whether you suffered a sprain or inhaled toxic fumes, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Public place accidents

Health and Saftey Executive figures reveal that employee slips and trips are still the most prevalent accident at work in Cornwall and the UK as a whole. Slips and trips are frequently the initiators of accidents categorised as something else like being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a carrying injury or a river drowning accident. Public place accident claims injuries like strained muscles occurring on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with dislodged paving slab trips having happened recently.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, the panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are only looking for answers as opposed to injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To raise a complaint against Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Head Office: Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, Cornwall.

Read more about No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The Courts understand that serious injuries have a significant impact on an affected individual. Damages will ease the financial load on a claimant and their dependants enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Read more about No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

St Ives 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 Ives 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 Ives, 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.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Take the first steps towards compensation

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

Have the solicitors handled many claims in St Ives?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists people injured in St Ives, Cornwall and across the country, obtain compensation.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of claimants in Cornwall seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including part-time worker injuries and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim is as stress-free 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.

Do I need to instruct a local injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is not so critical as cases can be managed remotely.

However, you should select a company that offers national medical centres as you will almost always have to attend a medical exam.

More - Do I have to attend a medical?

What should you look for when checking St Ives solicitor reviews?

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

What are the road accident statistics in St Ives

Our group of proficient litigators have a wealth of experience in securing optimum settlements for claimants hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in St Ives.

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in St Ives are relatively common with statistics showing a total of 1804 accidents (1584 slight accidents, 193 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cornwall local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,907.

Work accident statistics in St Ives

The most up to date 2019 accident at work data in the Huntingdonshire Local Authority (2013/14) was available in accordance with legislation by the HSE in the table below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Huntingdonshire Local AuthorityReported Injuries
Not Reported36
Electrocution0
Contact with machinery14
Exposed to fire0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)6
Fall from height (ladder)19
Animal related (e.g. livestock)4
Lifting and carrying68
Physical assault12
Slip or trip62
Struck against5
Struck by moving vehicle0
Hit by object26
Trapped by something collapsing1

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.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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