Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

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

Our personal injury services

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

Will I be able to make a claim?

If you were 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 to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In reality, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or the quantum of the claim.

It costs nothing to find out if you are entitled to compensation. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury 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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Wincanton road accident claims

Wincanton road users have a right to make a claim for compensation if they are hurt as the result of another party's carelessness.

Regardless of whether you have suffered an injury in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a collision on Wincanton's roads, our road accident claim guide sets out everything you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Wincanton

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any costs incurred as a result of your accident.

Whatever the circumstances of your injury, whether you are a plumber injured on a building site or you had a fall in a warehouse, our work injury claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Injuries in a public place

Official statistics stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are still the most common accident in the Somerset workplace in 2015. They are frequently forerunner to injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by a moving object, a fall from height or a river drowning accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like bruised legs happening on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with recent slips having occurred in the local area.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence describes when a person suffers injury or illness due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for answers rather than claiming compensation. You can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset, for example, to make a formal complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

More about Clinical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

Quittance's team recognise the change an injury claim can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.

Quittance's panel of solicitors work to get maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries. This includes damages for medical treatment and care costs.

Our network of expert lawyers have aided claimants receive damages for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries categorised as serious and catastrophic include cerebral palsy, benzene poisoning and eye injuries.

More about Catastrophic injury compensation

Other types of claim

Wincanton 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, Wincanton 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 Wincanton, 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

Is Quittance the right claims firm for me?

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 Wincanton?

We are a nationwide panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Wincanton, Somerset and throughout the UK, get compensation.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants across Somerset seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents at work to car accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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.

What should you look for when checking Wincanton solicitor reviews?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to more casual and friendly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

The diversity in the amount of success fees between law firms is quite surprising.

For example the amount retained by a successful claimant who was awarded £4,388 for a severe thumb dislocation can vary from £2,633 to £3,730.

See How much can you claim?

Do you need to instruct a local lawyer ?

The location of the lawyers office is not especially important as injury cases are managed remotely.

However, you should go with a law firm that has medical facilities near Wincanton as you will have to attend a medical exam.

More details - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

What are the road accident statistics in Wincanton

Our network of certified no win no fee personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in achieving maximum compensation for anyone who has been hurt in a road accident in Wincanton.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Wincanton are common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 1608 accidents (1390 slight accidents, 190 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Somerset local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,623.

Work accident statistics in Wincanton

The latest 2019 accident data for the South Somerset Local Authority (2013/14) reported in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in South Somerset Local Authority HSE)Reported Injuries
Other21
Electric shock injury0
Contact with machinery11
Fire related0
Harmful substance related3
Fall from height23
Animal related (e.g. livestock)0
Lifting and handling injuries63
Physical assault7
Slip or trip47
Struck against11
Struck by moving vehicle4
Struck by object20
Trapped underneath something0

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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