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

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, we are here to help.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Every year, we help injured people in Taunton, Somerset and across the UK get compensation for:

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to make a compensation claim if you were injured or made ill:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In reality, various other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or where the injury occurred.

A brief phone consultation will let you know whether you are eligible to make a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. You can also 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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Taunton road accident claims

If you were hurt on Taunton's roads as the result of another road user's actions, you are entitled to claim compensation.

It does not matter if you have been hurt in a crash on a roundabout, or sustained an injury in a cycling accident, our expert team are here. This road accident compensation claim guide sets out everything you need to know about starting a claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Taunton

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

Whatever your job, whether you a civil engineer injured in the field or a mechanic injured in a garage, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Medical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes 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 the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want a better understanding of events instead of claiming compensation. You can write to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that range from bladder cancer to pneumoconiosis.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

We understand the vital difference a successful claim makes to people who have been impacted by major injury. By relieving the financial pressure severe injury puts on an injured person and their dependants, compensation helps individuals to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. The panel of expert lawyers have helped families recover damages for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious and catastrophic range from dioxin poisoning to brain injuries.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Other types of claim

Taunton 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, Taunton 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 Taunton, Somerset 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 do I start the process?

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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Taunton?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of results-focussed solicitors that helps claimants in Taunton, Somerset and throughout the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants in Somerset seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to part-time worker injuries.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Will you need to go with a local Taunton lawyer ?

The location of a solicitors office is not particularly critical as cases now tend to be managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to instruct a company with national medical centres as claimants will almost always be expected to go to a medical exam.

More details - What is the process for attending a medical?

Reviews for lawyers in Taunton

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The contrast in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums between different solicitors is vast

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a claimant awarded £6,103 for a minor head injury can range from £3,662 to £5,188.

Additional reading : How much compensation can you claim?

What are the road accident statistics in Taunton

Quittance's network of accredited litigators are experienced in achieving optimum general and special damages for claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Taunton.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Taunton are relatively commonplace. Gov.uk statistics show 28 fatal accidents, 190 serious accidents and 1390 slight accidents in 2013 in Somerset (Total events were 1608 local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,623. Incidents in the Taunton region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A38 and A3065 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A3027 and A3038 junction.

What are the Taunton work accident statistics?

The most up to date 2019 work accident data in the Taunton Deane Local Authority (2013/14) are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Saftey Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in Taunton Deane Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Not Known23
Electric shock0
Machinery related4
Fire related1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)0
Fall from height15
Animal related1
Lifting35
Physical attack13
Slip, trip, fall same level47
Struck against5
Struck by moving vehicle2
Hit by object11

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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