A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Borehamwood or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury solicitors can assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

In most cases, there are three main elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be shown that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Find out how much you can claim

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Work accident claims in Borehamwood

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for injured claimants, from catering assistants to charities fundraisers, to secure financial compensation awards. Injury and illness figures in the Barnet local authority reported under RIDDOR regulations by the Government:

Work accidents in Barnet Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified483033
Electric shock injury300
Machinery related765
Fire related021
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. lead poisoning)531
Fall from height292428
Injured by an animal431
Manual handling675252
Physical assault291528
Slip, trip, fall same level1069794
Struck against1688
Struck by moving vehicle444
Struck by object302516
Trapped by something collapsing111

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Road traffic accident claims in Borehamwood

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Borehamwood are relatively commonplace. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 3139 accidents (2754 slight accidents, 358 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hertfordshire local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 3,690. Incidents in the Borehamwood region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A1 and A411 roundabout and on the A5135 and B5378 roundabout.

Quittance's group of proficient road traffic accident personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in achieving the best awards for claimants who have been hurt in a road accident in Borehamwood.

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Other claims

Slips, trips and falls

Government data show that slips and trips continue to be the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Hertfordshire. They are sometimes the initiators of accidents attributed to other causes for instance being hit by another person or an asphyxiation accident. Public place (Barnet local authority) accident claims injuries like broken toes happening on slippery pavements are also common with recent incidents having occurred on Manor Way and on Chesterfield Rd.

Serious injury

Courts recognise that serious injuries have a significant effect on an injured person and their dependants. Compensation will ease the impact of bills other financial issues and reduce stress so an injured person so they can prioritise rehabilitation.

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Medical and clinical negligence in Borehamwood

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of a GP or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can contact Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, to raise a complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

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Borehamwood 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 Borehamwood and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Borehamwood and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their track record in winning cases and their years of specialist 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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of claims in Borehamwood?

We are a national network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps claimants in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of injured claimants in Hertfordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from road accidents to industrial disease.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, mean making a claim is as clear and straightforward 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.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Finding a suitable PI solicitor to act for you is a key step towards achieving the highest compensation settlement for your injuries.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Borehamwood - how can you ensure you instruct the best one to advise you?

The diversity in the amount of success fees between different firms can have a significant impact on your compensation.

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of ?28,329 for vibration white finger affecting causing a change in job could conceivably vary from ?16,997 to ?24,080.

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Are Borehamwood claimants restricted to only local personal injury solicitors?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

In general, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

What should you look for when comparing reviews for solicitors in Borehamwood?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the quality of service offered by different firms.

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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