A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you are based in Buntingford or anywhere else in England or Wales, our lawyers will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

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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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims should, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as industrial deafness are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is considered.

In the majority of cases, there are three components to proving a claim. It needs to be proven that:

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

Answers to your questions and practical guidance can be offered through a no-obligation phone consultation with an expert Buntingford solicitor.

How much compensation can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Buntingford

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of qualified no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving the best awards for claimants who have been hurt in a car accident in Buntingford.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Buntingford are relatively common. Government statistics reveal 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 3,690.

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Work accident claims in Buntingford

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from construction workers to cartographers, to claim injury compensation. Accident information in the East Hertfordshire local authority collated under legislation by the Government as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in East Hertfordshire Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related332
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)313
Fall from height11718
Animal related120
Physical assault2176
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)524737
Struck against1031
Struck by moving vehicle210
Struck by object998
Trapped by something collapsing111

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Other injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Buntingford

When a patient sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, you can contact Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

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Buntingford solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

The Courts recognise that serious injuries will have a life-changing impact on an injured person and their dependants. Damages should lessen the financial burden and take the pressure off a claimant and their family enabling them to prioritise recovery. Our network of solicitor firms for many years have aided people impacted by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries and illnesses which are held to be catastrophic or serious range from spinal cord damage to cancer.

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Slips, trips and falls

Official data demonstrate that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most common accident at work in Hertfordshire. They are frequently the precursor to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine or a drowning accident. Public liability accident claims injuries, such as fractured wrists happening on potholes are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having happened on the Village Hall and on Baldock Rd.

Buntingford No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Buntingford and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Buntingford, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their specialist knowledge and their track record in recovering compensation.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

Have you won many injury claims in Buntingford?

We are a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Buntingford, Hertfordshire and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Hertfordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including pedestrian accidents and injuries sustained at work.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Picking the best personal injury solicitor

You will be liaising with your legal representative for a long period of time, from several months for minor injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

Buntingford personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary.

Reading reviews is a great place to start when mulling over which lawyer to choose.

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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 a severe foot injury, for example, ranges from ?67,870 to ?88,660 (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?".

Do you need to instruct a local Buntingford legal firm ?

The location of a solicitors office is not very important as injury cases are, as a matter of course, managed by phone, post and email.

However, you should instruct a company with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will have to attend a medical exam.

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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