Years of experience helping injured claimants

Our specialist personal injury team are here to help, so you can focus on your recovery.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.

How were you injured?

The steps required to win a personal injury claim will depend on what caused your injury or illness.

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Can I claim compensation?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

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

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

Yes. In practice, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or whether the defendant is uninsured.

Why not speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you have a claim. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker.

How long does a child have to start a claim?

If you were injured as a child (under 18), you can start a claim at any time until your 21st birthday.

As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can act as a 'litigation friend' and instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of your child.

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Claim child injury compensation

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

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.

Road accident claims in Totnes

Official gov.uk data shows there were 1695 road accidents in Devon in 2021 (1366 slight accidents, 302 accidents and 27 fatal accidents).

All road users owe a duty of care to all other road users. If you have suffered a road injury in Totnes, or anywhere else in the UK, we can help you claim the no win, no fee compensation you need.

Whether you were hurt in a car accident, or sustained an injury as a pedestrian, our useful guide explains how to claim road accident compensation.

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Road accident compensation claims

Totnes work accident claims

According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 647 non-fatal and 3 fatal work-related accidents in Devon. 463 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.

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

Whether your accident occurred while you were working as a shop worker or a zero-hours contractor, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

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Work accident claims

How common are work accidents in Totnes?

HSE-reported work accidents in DevonReported Injuries
General10%
Machinery related2%
Explosion related (e.g. dust)0%
Fire related (e.g. burns)0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)3%
Fall from height (ladder)12%
Lifting and carrying24%
Physical assault5%
Slip, trip or fall31%
Struck against5%
Struck by moving vehicle2%
Hit by object6%
Crushed by something collapsing0%

Totnes clinical negligence claims

When a person suffers injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from one of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Totnes, including Devon Partnership NHS Trust (Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon).

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Clinical negligence compensation

Totnes public place accident claims

A compensation claim for an injury on property or land that is accessible to the general public is called a public liability claim.

Whether you were injured on a loose paving stone on a footpath or when travelling on public transport, and a third party was responsible, you may be able to start an injury claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in a public place, we can help.

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Claim public place accident compensation

Compensation for serious injuries

Serious or 'catastrophic' injuries are those that can have a long-term impact on your life. Serious injuries typically include brain or spinal injuries, amputation, burns or multiple fractures, but could also include injuries affecting the senses, cancer and other diseases arising from exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals.

Our panel of expert catastrophic injury solicitors understand the difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.

Compensation will ease the financial burden and reduce stress, so you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. Your solicitor will work with insurance providers and medical professionals, to help you get the support you need.

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Claim catastrophic injury compensation

Will I need to travel to a solicitor's office?

When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.

You can talk to a legally-trained advisor about your accident or injury, before you choose to start a claim.

If you decide to start a claim, you will speak to a specialist solicitor. Your solicitor will always be available to answer any questions, and they will keep you updated every step of the way.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Totnes and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance helped many Totnes injury claimants?

We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Totnes, Devon, or anywhere in the UK.

Regardless of whether you were hurt in a car or motorbike accident or as a result of a missed diagnosis, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.

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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Totnes personal injury solicitor reviews

The SRA regulate the professional standards of all injury solicitors. Despite this, service levels do vary from firm to firm. Online reviews can help you to decide which injury lawyer is the right fit for you.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor