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

Regardless of how you were injured by someone else's negligence, we are here to help you recover compensation.

Our personal injury services

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

Am I entitled to make a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') 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 points to consider?

Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful claim will be possible, including the type of illness or injury, whether the defendant is uninsured or whether liability can be proved.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant 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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Witney road accident claims

You can make a claim for compensation if you have been involved in an accident and hurt on Witney's roads due to another road user's carelessness.

It does not matter whether you sustained an injury as a pedestrian, or were hurt in a crash on Witney's roads, this guide to road accident compensation claims explains what you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Witney

If you were injured at work in the last three years and it wasn?t your fault, you might be able to claim compensation.

No matter what you do for a living, whether you are an ambulance driver injured in the line of duty or a shop worker injured on retail premises, our work accident claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Accidents in a public place

HSE statistics demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Oxfordshire and the UK. Slips and trips are typically lead to injuries categorised as something else for instance being struck by moving machinery or an animal related accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like broken collarbones sustained on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent trips having occurred recently.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

When a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a GP or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for closure instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, for example, to make a complaint against Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

We recognise the critical difference compensation can make to people who have been affected by serious and catastrophic injury.

By limiting the stress severe injury puts on an injured person, a successful claim helps individuals to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation.

Our network of law firms have helped claimants collect damages for numerous catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries referred to as catastrophic or serious range from neck injuries to benzene poisoning.

For more information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Witney 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, Witney 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 Witney, Oxfordshire 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

What should I do next?

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

What experience do you have of handling claims in Witney?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people in Witney, Oxfordshire and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

We have helped hundreds of people across Oxfordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from workplace accidents to motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (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.

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. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

What should you look for when comparing reviews for solicitors in Witney?

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

Will you need to go with a local Witney solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the solicitors office is not very critical as injury cases are, as a matter of course, conducted remotely.

You will need to instruct a company that has national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will usually be expected to go to a medical exam.

Further reading - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

The disparity in success fees and insurance premiums between lawyers is vast

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded £31,097 for loss of hearing in one ear might vary from £18,658 to £26,432.

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What are the road accident statistics in Witney

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Witney are relatively frequent with statistics showing 19 fatal accidents, 308 serious accidents and 1635 slight accidents in 2013 in Oxfordshire (Total events were 1962 local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,201. Accidents in the Witney region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the B4022 and A4095 mini-roundabout and on the A415 and A40 roundabout.

Our group of certified lawyers have decades of experience in fighting for maximum awards for claimants hurt in a car accident in Witney.

Work accident statistics in Witney

The most recent 2019 injury and illness statistics for the West Oxfordshire Local Authority (2013/14) are detailed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Saftey Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in West Oxfordshire Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
General15
Electrical injury0
Machinery related5
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)0
Fall from height9
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)4
Lifting and handling injuries29
Assault3
Slip, trip, fall same level32
Struck against3
Struck by moving vehicle8
Hit by object7
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.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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