A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Bedford or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced solicitors will take on your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims for personal injury compensation must be made within 3 years of the injury in most cases.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

To win a personal injury case, it must be proven that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Legal and practical advice will be offered through a no-obligation phone consultation with an Bedford injury lawyer.

What is my claim worth?

The compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our injury calculator provides a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Bedford

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of litigators have years of experience in securing maximum general and special damages for claimants who have been injured in a car or motorbike accident in Bedford.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Bedford are relatively common. Official statistics show 3 fatal accidents, 51 serious accidents and 397 slight accidents in 2013 in Bedford (Total events were 451 local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 561. Accidents in the Bedford area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A4280 and A600 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A6 and A5141 mini-roundabout.

For more information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Bedford

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from gardeners to amenity horticulturists, to claim maximum compensation. Injury and illness data in the Central Bedfordshire local authority are detailed under RIDDOR by the Government in the table below:

Work accidents in Bedford Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related14115
Fire related001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)1013
Fall from height (ladder)271915
Animal related022
Lifting and handling injuries854854
Physical attack322024
Slip or trip917956
Struck against887
Struck by moving vehicle966
Struck by object462524
Trapped by something collapsing001

For more information: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other claims

Slip, trip and fall 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.

Clinical and medical negligence in Bedford

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

Bedford specialists for serious injury claims

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

Bedford No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Bedford and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Bedford, from more minor injury cases to serious road injury claims. Selected because of their success rate in winning claims, our solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

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.

What to consider when selecting the best solicitor

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from several months for minor injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Your legal representative should be someone you can rely on at every step of the process to give practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for chronic asthma, for example, ranges from ?21,230 to ?34,760 (based on 2015 market data).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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.

Look into 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.

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Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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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).

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