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

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

How we can help

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Bedford, Bedfordshire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim compensation?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • 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 various other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or where the injury occurred.

A short phone call will let you know whether you can claim. You will be under 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 calculator

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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Road accident claims in Bedford

You have a right to start a claim for compensation if you are hurt on Bedford's roads because of another driver's actions.

Whether you were hurt in a collision, or have been involved in a cycling accident, we are here to help. The Quittance guide to road accident claims sets out what you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Bedford

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

However your injury occurred, whether you had a fall from height or developed carpal tunnel syndrome, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Public place injuries

Government figures highlight the fact that employee slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of injury at work in Bedfordshire. These types of accident are often the initiators of accidents recorded in another category e.g. being struck by a moving object, a fall from a ladder or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability claims for injuries like broken ankles sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite prevalent with falls having occurred on Dane Street.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

When someone is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a GP or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for closure or answers instead of claiming compensation. You can contact South Wing, Kempston Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, for example, to make a formal complaint against Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

Courts recognise that serious injuries have a significant impact on an affected individual and their family. A successful claim will lessen the financial burden on an injured person and their dependants enabling them to prioritise recovery. Our network of solicitor firms have aided families recover damages for a wide range of chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries categorised as catastrophic or serious include paralysis, chronic pain and amputation.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Bedford 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, Bedford 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 Bedford, Bedfordshire 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

Talk to the experts

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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FAQs

What experience do your solicitors have of claims in Bedford?

Quittance is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Bedford, Bedfordshire and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Bedfordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including public place accidents and injuries sustained at work.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

You do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Bedford personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by solicitors can differ considerably.

Researching online reviews can certainly be a good place to start if you are trying to decide which solicitor best serves your needs.

Read Personal injury solicitor reviews

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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.

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert