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

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent driver, employer or any other party, we can help.

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We have helped injured claimants in Harwich, Essex and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

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

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or if there is an uninsured driver involved.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Online 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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Harwich road accident claims

Harwich cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians can claim injury compensation if they have been hurt because of someone else's actions.

Whether you have been hurt in a car collision, or were injured riding a cycle on Harwich's roads, our team can help. Quittance's guide to road accident compensation sets out everything you need to know about the compensation process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Harwich

If you have been injured or made ill as a result of your employer's actions, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whatever your job is, whether you have been injured by heavy machinery on a farm or an estate agent injured on a property viewing, our work injury claim guide shows you how best to make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place injuries

Official data demonstrate that slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Essex workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are sometimes the precursor to injuries classified under another heading e.g. being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Suffolk Coastal local authority) legal claims for injuries like broken wrists suffered on raised flagstones are also common with pavement trips having happened on High St and on High Rd.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of a compensation award. For example, you can write to Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

See: Medical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from asbestosis to asthma caused by colophony.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Industrial disease claims

Harwich 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, Harwich 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 Harwich, 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

Advice and 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 experience do the solicitors have of winning claims in Harwich?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Harwich, Essex and throughout the UK, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of people throughout Essex get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from public place accidents to accidents in the workplace.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Injury lawyer reviews in Harwich - What to look for

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

Many solicitors operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

What are the road accident statistics in Harwich

The panel of trained road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers are experienced in achieving the highest damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Harwich.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Harwich are relatively commonplace. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 4,352.

Harwich work accident statistics

The latest 2019 work injury data for the Suffolk Coastal Local Authority (2013/14) are published in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Saftey Executive excerpted below:

Work accidents in Suffolk Coastal Local Authority HSE)Reported Injuries
Other18
Machinery related injury6
Fire related1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)0
Fall from height20
Injured by an animal2
Lifting and handling injuries39
Physical assault6
Slip or trip55
Struck against20
Hit by vehicle5
Hit by falling object19
Trapped under falling object1

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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