Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?
If your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, Quittance Legal Services can help.
What sort of injuries can I claim for?
Every year, we help injured people in Colchester, Essex and across the UK get compensation for:
Do I have a claim?
You should be able to make a compensation claim if you suffered an injury:
- in the last three years (limitation) and
- was caused by another party (causation) and
- that party owed you a duty of care (liability).
Are there any other considerations?
Yes. There are various other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or whether a child was injured.
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 Instant Claim Checker:
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 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 Colchester
Colchester cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians have the right to make a claim for compensation if they have been injured because of another party's actions.
Whether you have suffered an injury as a pedestrian on Colchester's roads, or have been hurt in a crash, we can help. Our guide to road accident compensation claims explains everything you need to know about the claims process.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in Colchester
If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any losses or expenses.
No matter what your job is - whether you are a builder injured on a building site or a journalist injured in the office, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful no win no fee claim.Work accident claims
Other types of claim
Public place accidents
Health and Safety statistics demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common accident at work in Essex. They are often connected to accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by material under pressure or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Colchester local authority) legal claims for injuries like bruised legs suffered on slippery pavements are also common with recent street falls having happened on North Hill.
Medical negligence is the term used when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.
If you just want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can write to Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.
Find out more: Medical negligence compensation
More claim types
Quittance's team recognise the critical change a successful claim makes to the lives of people affected by catastrophic and serious injury. Damages will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on an injured person and their dependants so they can focus on recovery.
Quittance's panel of lawyers have helped people collect compensation for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious range from back injuries to deep vein thrombosis.
Find out more: Serious injury compensation
Colchester No win, no fee Solicitors
A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.
Under a CFA, Colchester injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.
The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee
Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Colchester, Essex and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.
By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.
You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.
What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?
You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
The Quittance Team
Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.
Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.
If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.
We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
if you can claim
to start a claim
Frequently asked questions
What is your track record of injury claims in Colchester?
Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Colchester, Essex and throughout the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.
Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across Essex seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from workplace accidents to whiplash.
With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.
Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee
If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.
What should be considered when checking reviews for solicitors in Colchester?
Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to strictly professional. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.
Does the location of the law firm matter?
Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.
Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.
Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.
The contrast in the level of personal injury success fees and ATE premiums between lawyers is quite surprising.
As an example the amount of compensation retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of £48,409 for a very severe ankle injury could conceivably vary from £29,045 to £41,148.
Read more at Compare solicitors quotes
What are the road accident statistics in Colchester
Our network of knowledgeable road traffic accident (RTA) solicitors are experienced in achieving the best damages for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Colchester.
Road accidents involving all vehicles in Colchester are common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 4,352. Incidents in the Colchester area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A134 and A133 roundabout and on the A134 and B1022 roundabout.
Work accident statistics in Colchester
The latest 2019 work injury figures for the Colchester Local Authority (2013/14) are detailed under RIDDOR legislation by the Government in the following table:
|Workplace accidents in Colchester Local Authority (HSE)||Reported Injuries|
|Exposed to explosion||1|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)||4|
|Fall from height (ladder)||16|
|Animal related (e.g. riding accident)||1|
|Lifting and handling injuries||53|
|Slip, trip, fall same level||59|
|Hit by vehicle||2|
|Hit by falling object||18|
|Trapped by something collapsing||2|
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If 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 on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long will my claim take?
The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can 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.
Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:
Personal injury claim type
Estimated claim duration*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
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?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early 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 before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.