We know how an injury can affect your life
If your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, we can help.
With our no win, no fee guarantee, there is no financial risk in making a compensation claim, even if you don't win your claim.
Each year, we help injured people in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire and across the UK. We can help you claim your compensation too.
How did your injury occur?
There are several steps involved in making an injury claim. The steps involved will depend on how and where you were injured.
Please select how you were injured to find out more:
Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?
If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, the law entitles you to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:
- in the last three years, and;
- someone else was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?
Yes. In practice, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of accident, where the injury occurred or whether there is sufficient evidence to support your claim.
If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker.
What if I was injured as a child?
You can claim injury compensation yourself, at any time until you are 21 years old, whether you were injured in a road accident, at the park, or in any other situation. An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.
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 Chorleywood
Official gov.uk data for 2021 shows there were 2228 road accidents in Hertfordshire. There were 1848 slight accidents, 360 accidents and 20 fatal accidents in 2021.
If you have been injured on Chorleywood's roads, or anywhere in the UK, you may be entitled to claim compensation. An injury claim may be possible if you were injured:
- As driver or passenger
- On a motorbike or bicycle
- As a pedestrian
- On public transport
Whether you have suffered an injury in a motorbike accident, or have been hurt in a collision, we're here to help. our expert guide sets out what you need to do to start a road accident compensation claim.
Chorleywood work injury claims
Hertfordshire Health and Safety Executive data for 2021 revealed there were 754 non-fatal and 6 fatal work accidents. The injured worker was required to take 7 or more days off work in 538 cases.
|HSE-reported Hertfordshire work accidents||Reported Injuries|
|Machinery related injury||5%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)||0%|
|Fall from height (scaffolding)||5%|
|Animal related (e.g. veterinary)||2%|
|Lifting and carrying||23%|
|Slip, trip, fall same level||27%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||0%|
|Hit by object||10%|
|Trapped by something collapsing||2%|
If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation.
By law, all employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as an agency worker or an engineer, our guide to work accident claims explains your rights and to make a successful compensation claim.
Chorleywood medical negligence claims
Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust covering Chorleywood, including East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire).
Chorleywood occupiers liability accident claims
UK law states that owners (occupiers) of premises are liable for the safety and welfare of all visitors.
Whether your accident happened in a public pool or in a shopping centre, and someone else was at fault, you could be able to claim compensation.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place, we can help.
Serious injury claims
Any injury or long-lasting health condition that has had a life-altering effect on your life and ability to work may be referred to as a 'serious injury'. Examples include serious burns, complex fractures and head trauma. Facial scarring, injuries to the senses, and health conditions such as Chronic Pain Syndrome are also considered to be life-altering injuries.
A successful claim will reduce the burden of bills and other financial issues, so you and your family can focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert serious injury solicitors work with medical care specialists and insurance providers, to get the rounded support you need.
Will I have to visit my solicitor's office?
There is no need to visit your solicitor's office in person if you are thinking about making a claim.
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.
If you decide to make a compensation claim, your solicitor will take you through the process over the phone. You will be able to speak to your solicitor at any stage and you wlll receive regular updates.
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 Chorleywood and cross the UK.
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Frequently asked questions
Has Quittance helped many claimants in Chorleywood?
Whether you live in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, or elsewhere in the UK, we can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim.
Whether your injury occurred as a result of a negligent employer, on the road or due to clinical negligence we will ensure your case is handled by an expert, specialist solicitor.
Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?
If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.
Chorleywood solicitor reviews
All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, but service levels vary considerably. Online reviews and recommendations from friends and family will help you choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.
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.
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.