A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Hatfield or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced personal injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

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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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims must, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Hatfield or slip or trip, there are three components to proving a claim. It needs to be shown that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

In all cases, answers and invaluable guidance can be provided by a brief, no-obligation consultation with an expert solicitor.

Find out how much you can claim

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Road traffic accident claims in Hatfield

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of professional road traffic accident injury lawyers have vast experience in negotiating optimum general and special damages for anyone injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Hatfield.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Hatfield are quite common with statistics showing a total of 3139 accidents (2754 slight accidents, 358 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hertfordshire local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 3,690. Accidents in Hatfield in 2013 included crashes on the A1001 and A(M)1 roundabout and on the slip road of the A414 and A1000 junction.

Find out more: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Hatfield

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people hurt in an accident, from gardeners to humanitarian workers, to claim compensation from their employer. Accident statistics in the Welwyn Hatfield local authority collated in accordance with RIDDOR by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Welwyn Hatfield Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported362824
Machinery related348
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)323
Fall from height (ladder)111013
Animal related203
Lifting and handling injuries795755
Physical assault19137
Slip, trip or fall535850
Struck against1468
Hit by vehicle462
Hit by falling object182533

Find out more: Accident at work compensation claim

Other injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Hatfield

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for a better understanding of events instead of a compensation award. To make a complaint against Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Head Office, The Colonnades, Beaconsfield Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury

Quittance understand the vital change an injury claim makes to the lives of severely injured claimants. Compensation will lessen the impact of bills other financial issues on an injured person and their family enabling them to prioritise recovery.

Our panel of expert solicitors for many years have helped families impacted by severe accidents.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from respiratory diseases to chronic silicosis.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Government statistics reveal that slips and trips are, by some degree, the most frequent accident in the Hertfordshire workplace. Slips, trips and falls are often related to injuries attributed to other reasons like being hit by a runaway vehicle or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place (Welwyn Hatfield local authority) legal claims for injuries like fractured vertebrae occurring on pavement cracks are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on Station Rd and in Roe Green Centre.

Hatfield 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 Hatfield and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Hatfield, from fast track whiplash cases to long term illness. Selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, our solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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

What is your track record of injury claims in Hatfield?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Hatfield, Hertfordshire and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from part-time worker injuries to accidents on public transport.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean that claiming compensation is as stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

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.

Advice for those seeking a lawyer

Choosing the most suitable legal expert for your legal matter is an important step towards securing the highest settlement or award.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Hatfield (according to the 2015 SRA database), what is the best way to make certain you select the most appropriate company to pursue compensation for you?

The disparity in the level of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between lawyers working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is quite significant

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant awarded ?15,666 for displaced metatarsal fractures can range from ?9,399 to ?13,316.

Read more at How to compare personal injury fees

Reviews for lawyers in Hatfield

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from strictly professional to more casual and friendly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the quality of service taken by individual firms.

Do you need to instruct a local solicitor ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is not especially critical as injury cases are typically handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should choose a firm that provides national medical centres as claimants will almost always have to attend a medical assessment.

More - Do you have a medical centre in or near Hatfield?

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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