A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Harpenden or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced solicitors will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

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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 must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date of the injury.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions like mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it should be demonstrated that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

The lawyer will explain how your case relates to each of the points.

Compensation Calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives you a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in Harpenden

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to health and safety advisers, to seek financial compensation. Accident at work statistics in the St Albans local authority reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

Work accidents in St Albans Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related212
Machinery related427
Explosion related (e.g. dust)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)241
Fall from height (ladder)91410
Injured by an animal010
Manual handling442835
Physical assault221814
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)515431
Struck against1657
Struck by moving vehicle540
Struck by object171215
Trapped by something collapsing020

Find out more: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Harpenden

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Harpenden are relatively common. Gov.uk statistics show 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,690.

Our network of professional road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers have vast experience in negotiating maximum settlements for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Harpenden.

Find out more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims we handle

Clinical negligence in Harpenden

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when someone suffers injury or illness due to a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you just want a better understanding of events rather than financial damages. For example, to make a complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, you can write to Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Harpenden serious injury compensation

The effect serious injury can have is acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when determining injury compensation.

Quittance's team fight to achieve the maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, which includes claiming for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics expose the fact that employee slips and trips are by some margin the most prevalent accident at work in Hertfordshire in 2014/15. They are sometimes the initiators of accidents categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability litigation for injuries like torn ligaments experienced on pavement cracks are also quite common with pothole trips having happened on Station Road and on Southdown Road.

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help with getting compensation for industrial illness that include anything from NIHL to asthma caused by laboratory animals.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Harpenden No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Harpenden and across the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Harpenden and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their track record in recovering compensation and their specialist expertise.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

How much experience does Quittance have of handling claims in Harpenden?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of specialist solicitors that assists people injured in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

We have helped hundreds of people in Hertfordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from part-time worker injuries to car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, 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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your illness or injury

Choosing the most appropriate lawyer to help you is the most important step towards obtaining the most compensation.

What is the best way to ensure you instruct the best legal practice to handle your case?

Does the location of the lawyer matter?

The majority of large firms operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For significant hip or pelvis injuries without serious permanent damage, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?21,505 to ?31,625 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Check Harpenden solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by solicitors, as with any service, can differ considerably.

Online reviews can certainly be informative when weighing up which lawyer to instruct.

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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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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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