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.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

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.

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.

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.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

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 Bedfordshire

Official 2021 data recorded 368 road accidents in Bedfordshire. 301 slight accidents, 63 accidents and 4 fatalities occurred on Bedfordshire'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.

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Work injury claims in Bedfordshire

In 2021, there were 180 non-fatal work accidents and 1 fatalities in Bedfordshire, based on official records.

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.

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Work accident compensation

How common are Bedfordshire work accidents?

Bedfordshire work accidents (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Undetermined19%
Machinery related2%
Fire related0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)1%
Fall from height (ladder)6%
Animal related1%
Lifting and handling injuries22%
Physical attack10%
Slip or trip23%
Struck against3%
Struck by moving vehicle2%
Struck by object10%
Trapped by something collapsing0%

Medical negligence claims in Bedfordshire

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 Bedfordshire, including Bedford Hospital NHS Trust (South Wing, Kempston Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire).

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Public place accident claims in Bedfordshire

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.

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Public place accident claims

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.

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Claim catastrophic injury compensation

Do I need to visit a solicitor's office?

When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.

On a quick phone call with a friendly advisor, you can explain what happened and find out if you may have a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim.

Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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 Bedfordshire 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:

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FAQs

Have you helped many Bedfordshire injury claimants?

We help 100's of injured workers, road users and other claimants in 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.

Bedfordshire 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.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

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.

Read more:

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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**

*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?

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.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Chris Salmon, Director

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Chris Salmon, Director