Our Personal Injury Services
If either you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.
If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, you could claim financial compensation.
Each year, we help hundreds of people in Bedford, Bedfordshire and throughout the UK get the best possible compensation for their injuries.
How were you injured?
There are several steps involved in making an injury claim. The steps involved will depend on how and where you were injured.
For more information, see:
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 other factors that could affect my right to claim?
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.
What if the injured claimant is a child?
Regardless of when the injury occurred, an injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child at any point until the child's 18th birthday. Whether you were injured in a shop or park, at school, or in any other situation, you can begin an injury claim at any time until you are 21 years old.
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.
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:
Road accident claims in Bedford
Official 2021 data recorded 368 road accidents in Bedford. 301 slight accidents, 63 accidents and 4 fatalities occurred on Bedford's roads in 2021. 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.
All road users, including cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians, owe a duty of care to all other users. If you have been injured as a result of the actions or negligence of another road user, you may be able to start a no win, no fee claim for compensation.
Whether you were hurt in a collision, or have been involved in a cycling accident, we are here to help. Our guide to road accident claims sets out what you need to know about making a claim.
Work injury claims in Bedford
In 2021, there were 180 non-fatal work accidents and 1 fatalities in Bedford, based on official records.
|Bedford work accidents (RIDAGGR)||Reported Injuries|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)||1%|
|Fall from height (ladder)||6%|
|Lifting and handling injuries||22%|
|Slip or trip||23%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||2%|
|Struck by object||10%|
|Trapped by something collapsing||0%|
If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
Whether you suffered an injury when working as a courier or a forklift driver, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful no win, no fee claim.
Medical negligence claims in Bedford
When a patient 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. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from a clinic or NHS trust responsible for Bedford, including Bedford Hospital NHS Trust (South Wing, Kempston Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire).
Occupiers liability accident claims in Bedford
There is a legal duty on the owners (occupiers) of premises to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors.
Whether your accident occurred on council property or in a nightclub, and the property owner or occupier was at fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
If you've been injured in a public place, we can help you.
Compensation claims for serious injuries
Any major injury or long-term health condition that has had a life-altering impact may be referred to as a 'serious injury'. Examples include brain injuries, and skull or spinal fractures, but could also include injuries affecting the senses, cancer and other diseases arising from exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals.
Our panel of expert catastrophic injury solicitors understand the difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.
Compensation will ease the financial burden and reduce stress, so you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. Your solicitor will work with insurance providers and medical professionals, to help you get the support you need.
Do I need to visit a solicitor's office?
If you are planning to start a claim, you do not need to go to a solicitor's office.
A friendly advisor will talk to you about what happened on a brief phone call. Your advisor can then confirm if you may have a claim, but there is no obligation to proceed.
If you decide to start a claim, you will speak to a specialist solicitor. Your solicitor will always be available to answer any questions, and they will keep you updated every step of the way.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Bedford and cross the UK.
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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:
Have you helped many Bedford injury claimants?
We help 100's of injured workers, road users and other claimants in Bedford and Bedfordshire every year.
A specialist solicitor will fight hard to settle your claim and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured in a car or motorbike accident or due to clinical negligence.
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.
Bedford injury solicitor reviews
All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Despite the strict professional standards that lawyers must meet, the quality of service they deliver can vary.
Online reviews and word of mouth can make it easier select which solicitor is the right fit for your claim.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, 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 for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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).