Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?
If you were injured or became ill due to another party's negligence, we're here to help.
How we can help you
Each year, we help injured people in Winscombe, Somerset and across the UK claim compensation for:
Do I have a personal injury claim?
The main criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:
- within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
- another person was negligent or at fault, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes. There are a number of other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or when the date of knowledge was.
If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Instant 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:
Winscombe road accident claims
Drivers, pedestrians and riders may be able to start a claim for compensation if they are injured on Winscombe's roads because of someone else's negligence.
No matter if you were involved in a motorbike accident, or were hurt in a car collision on Winscombe's roads, our specialist team are here. Quittance's expert guide explains what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in Winscombe
If you have sustained an injury because of your employer's actions, you have the right to make a claim.
Whatever the circumstances of your injury, whether you are a scaffolder injured on a building site or you had a fall in a warehouse, our guide to work accident claims explains your rights and to make a successful compensation claim.Work accident claims
Other types of claim
Injuries in a public place
Government statistics indicate that slips, trips and falls are the single most common accident at work in North Somerset and the UK as a whole. They are frequently forerunner to accidents attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by a runaway vehicle or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability accident claims injuries, such as broken wrists experienced on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with recent street trips having occurred recently.
Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been injured by medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.
If you only want closure or answers instead of financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.
More about Medical negligence compensation
Solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for industrial illness including anything from dermatitis claims to organophosphate exposure.
More about Industrial disease compensation
Winscombe 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, Winscombe 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 Winscombe, 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.
How we can help
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 your track record of claims in Winscombe?
We are a UK-wide network of expert solicitors that assists people injured in Winscombe, Somerset and across the country, recover injury compensation.
Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Somerset get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including cycling accidents and industrial disease.
With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.
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.
Will you need to choose a local Winscombe solicitor?
Choosing a nearby lawyers office is not very critical as injury cases now tend to be conducted by phone and email.
It is however necessary to instruct a solicitors' firm that has medical facilities near Winscombe as you will be expected to go to a medical examination.
Read more - Do you have a local medical centre?
Check Winscombe personal injury solicitor reviews
The standards of communication and advice provided by solicitors, as with any service, vary enormously.
Online reviews can be enlightening if you are deciding which lawyer to go with.
The diversity in fees between lawyers working on No Win No Fee agreements is quite surprising.
For example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded £3,398 for a wrist fracture can vary from £2,039 to £2,888.
What are the road accident statistics in Winscombe
Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Winscombe are relatively common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 559 accidents (492 slight accidents, 63 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in North Somerset local authority district. In 2014 accidents decreased to 509.
Our network of best of breed no win no fee lawyers have years of experience in achieving the best awards for people who have been hurt in a road accident in Winscombe.
What are the Winscombe work accident statistics?
The most recent 2019 work injury data for the North Somerset Local Authority (2013/14) are detailed under RIDDOR regulations by the Government in the following table:
|HSE reported work accidents in North Somerset Local Authority||Reported Injuries|
|Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)||1|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)||2|
|Fall from height (scaffolding)||14|
|Injured by an animal||1|
|Slip, trip or fall||57|
|Struck by moving vehicle||2|
|Struck by object||27|
|Trapped under falling object||0|
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.