Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you've been injured in an accident, we can help you to claim compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

How we can help

Every year, we help injured people in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and across the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. There are a number of other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or the location of the injury.

Talk to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our 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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Harpenden road accident claims

You are entitled to claim injury compensation if you are hurt on Harpenden's roads because of a careless road user.

Whether you were hurt in a collision, or have been involved riding a cycle on Harpenden's roads, our specialist team are here. The Quittance useful guide explains how to make a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Harpenden

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any costs incurred as a result of your accident.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp working through an agency, our work accident claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Accidents in a public place

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.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

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

Other types of claim

Harpenden 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, Harpenden 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 Harpenden, Hertfordshire 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

Our 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.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Harpenden

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.

Work accident statistics in Harpenden

The latest 2019 accident at work stats in the St Albans Local Authority (2013/14) reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Saftey Executive and set out below:

Work accidents in St Albans Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
Other20
Electricity related2
Machinery related7
Explosion related (e.g. dust)1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)1
Fall from height (ladder)10
Injured by an animal0
Manual handling35
Physical assault14
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)31
Struck against7
Struck by moving vehicle0
Struck by object15
Trapped by something collapsing0

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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