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 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant Claim Checker:

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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

Injury compensation calculator

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

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.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

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

Other types of claim

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.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

How we can help

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.

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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
Undefined30
Electric shock1
Machinery related10
Exposed to explosion1
Fire related0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)4
Fall from height (ladder)16
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)1
Lifting and handling injuries53
Physical assault20
Slip, trip, fall same level59
Struck against7
Hit by vehicle2
Hit by falling object18
Trapped by something collapsing2

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.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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*

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?

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.

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

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.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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