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, we can help.

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

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).

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

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.

Do I have longer to claim if injured as a child?

Whether you were hurt on a playground, on a school trip, or in any other situation, you can start a claim at any point until your 21st birthday.

If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

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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.

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
  • Physiotherapy
  • 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:

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Road accident claims in Colchester

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault in Colchester, or anywhere in England or Wales, you may be entitled to claim compensation. A compensation claim could be possible if you were injured as a:

  • Driver or passenger in a car
  • Rider or pillion on a motorbike
  • Lorry, HGV or van driver or passenger
  • Public transport user (bus or taxi)
  • Cyclist or e-scooter rider
  • Pedestrian

Whether you have suffered an injury as a pedestrian, 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.

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Road accident compensation claims

Colchester work accident claims

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.

All employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a lifeguard or a farm worker, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful no win, no fee claim.

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Work accident claims

Colchester clinical negligence claims

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 affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against any of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Colchester, including Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex).

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

Colchester Occupiers liability injury claims

UK law states that owners (occupiers) of premises are liable for the safety and welfare of all visitors.

Whether you have been injured in a hotel or on council property, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident in public, we can help.

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Serious injury claims

Catastrophic injuries usually lead to long-term health issues, ongoing medical treatments, disability or reduced life-expectancy. These injuries include amputations, paralysis and brain injuries. Facial scarring, injuries to the senses, and health conditions such as Chronic Pain Syndrome are also considered to be life-altering injuries.

Personal injury solicitors understand the importance of focussing on treatment and recovery. Your solicitor will take care of the legal process and will coordinate with medical professionals and insurance companies at every stage of the claim.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No.You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical assessment, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery. Our personal injury solicitor panel helps claimants in Colchester, and across the UK.

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Colchester No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Colchester injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Colchester, Essex and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal 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.

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Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 you will have nothing to pay.

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Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 Colchester and cross the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance helped many Colchester injury claimants?

We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Colchester, Essex, or anywhere in the UK.

Regardless of whether you were hurt in a car collision, whilst doing your job or in public, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.

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.

Colchester personal injury solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary. Personal recommendations and online reviews will make it easier find the right solicitor for your claim.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Colchester?

Department of Transport data reveals there were 2995 road accidents in Essex in 2021 (2321 slight accidents, 638 accidents and 36 fatal accidents). Incidents in the Colchester area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A134 and A133 roundabout and on the A134 and B1022 roundabout.

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.

What are the statistics for work accidents in Colchester?

According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 131 non-fatal and 0 fatal work-related accidents in Colchester. 91 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.

Work accidents in Colchester (HSE)Reported Injuries
Undefined13%
Electric shock0%
Machinery related4%
Exposed to explosion0%
Fire related0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)2%
Fall from height (ladder)7%
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)0%
Lifting and handling injuries24%
Physical assault9%
Slip, trip, fall same level26%
Struck against3%
Hit by vehicle1%
Hit by falling object8%
Trapped by something collapsing1%

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.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

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.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor