A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in Berkhamsted or anywhere in the UK, our injury lawyers can assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 17, 2016

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Key criteria

Injury claims must be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury in the majority of cases.

To win a Berkhamsted personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the Defendant
  • That duty was breached by the Defendant
  • The Defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

In all cases, answers and useful advice can be provided by a short, free consultation with a specialist solicitor.

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Compensation calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of criteria. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Berkhamsted

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of no win, no fee injury solicitors have years of experience in securing maximum awards for Claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Berkhamsted.

Accidents involving all vehicles in Berkhamsted are relatively commonplace with a total of 3139 accidents (2754 slight accidents, 358 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hertfordshire council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 3,690.

Further information: Road accident compensation claims

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Work accident claims in Berkhamsted

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people injured in an accident, from plasterers to airline cabin crews, to claim compensation from their employer. Work injury figures for the Dacorum local authority reported in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Dacorum Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Other201819
Electric shock injury200
Machinery related injury445
Fire related010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)641
Fall from height6917
Animal related (e.g. livestock)302
Lifting and handling injuries513553
Assault101013
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)503847
Struck against1163
Hit by vehicle645
Struck by object222321
Trapped by something collapsing100

Further information: No win, no fee work accident claim

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Other claims

Slips, trips and falls

HSE statistics expose the fact that slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Hertfordshire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are quite often related to injuries filed under a different category e.g. being hit by a moving object or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries like bruised legs happening on potholes are also quite common with pothole trips having happened on Long Chaulden and on High St.

Clinical and medical negligence in Berkhamsted

Medical negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of injury compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can contact Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Serious injury

We recognise the vital difference injury compensation makes to the lives of seriously injured Claimants.

Damages will lessen the impact of bills other financial issues and reduce the pressure on an injured Claimant enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Our panel of expert law firms for many years have aided families affected by major accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are considered by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include head injuries, lung cancer and deep vein thrombosis.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

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Berkhamsted No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Berkhamsted and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet our team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Berkhamsted and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen for their winning track record, our lawyers have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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Have Quittance solicitors handled many Berkhamsted claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated solicitors that helps people in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in Hertfordshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents on public transport and injuries sustained at work.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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FAQs

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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Choosing the right injury lawyer

In most cases a compensation claim can take several months to complete. For the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Do you need to go with a local legal firm ?

The whereabouts of the firm is not important as cases are usually conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to select a law firm that offers a national network as you will have to go to an independent medical examination.

Berkhamsted solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by lawyers, as with any professional service, vary enormously.

Reviews can certainly be instructive when thinking about which lawyer best serves your needs.

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The diversity in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums between different solicitors working on No Win No Fee agreements is significant.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of ?78,268 for a severe foot injury can range from ?46,961 to ?66,528.

Further reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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