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If your life has been affected by illness or injury, we are here to help.

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

What happened?

The claims process is different, depending on how and where you were injured. Personal injury solicitors tend to specialise in specific types of claim.

Please select how you were injured:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

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

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or whether the defendant is uninsured.

It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker.

Do I have longer to claim if injured as a child?

If you were injured as a child (under 18), you can start a claim at any time until your 21st birthday.

If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

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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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

Calculate my injury compensation

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.

Road accident claims in Hatfield

Accidents involving drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users in Hatfield are reasonably common. Government data indicates there were 2228 road accidents in Hertfordshire in 2021 (1848 slight accidents, 360 accidents and 20 fatalities). 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.

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault in Hatfield, or anywhere in England or Wales, you may be entitled to claim compensation. A compensation claim could be possible if you were injured as a:

  • Driver or passenger in a car
  • Rider or pillion on a motorbike
  • Lorry, HGV or van driver or passenger
  • Public transport user (bus or taxi)
  • Cyclist or e-scooter rider
  • Pedestrian

Regardless of whether you were injured in a hit-and-run, or have been hurt in a crash, our useful guide sets out what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

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Road accident compensation claims

Hatfield work accident claims

Hertfordshire Health and Safety Executive data for 2021 revealed there were 754 non-fatal and 6 fatal work accidents. The injured worker was required to take 7 or more days off work in 538 cases.

You may be able to claim work accident compensation if you've been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

All employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a scaffolder or a police officer, our work injury claim guide shows you how best to make a successful claim.

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Work accident claims

How common are work accidents in Hatfield?

HSE-reported work accidents in HertfordshireReported Injuries
Not Reported12%
Electrocution0%
Machinery related4%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)1%
Fall from height (ladder)6%
Animal related1%
Lifting and handling injuries27%
Physical assault3%
Slip, trip or fall24%
Struck against4%
Hit by vehicle1%
Hit by falling object16%

Hatfield clinical negligence claims

Medical negligence is the term used when a patient suffers an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor or other medical professional. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against any of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Hatfield.

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

Hatfield public place accident claims

There is a legal duty on the owners (occupiers) of premises to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors.

Whether you were injured when travelling on public transport or in a public park, you may be able to start an injury claim.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident in public, we can help.

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Public place accident claims

Serious injury compensation

Any injury or long-lasting health condition that has had a life-altering effect on your life and ability to work may be referred to as a 'serious injury'. Examples include brain or spinal injuries. Serious and catastrophic injuries could also refer to work-related cancers, severe scarring and organ damage.

If you have suffered a serious injury, we understand the vital difference a successful claim can make.

Our panel of catastrophic injury lawyers will help coordinate with care professionals and insurance providers to ensure you get the best medical and financial support.

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Claim catastrophic injury compensation

Will I have to visit my solicitor's office?

There is no need to visit your solicitor's office in person if you are thinking about making a claim.

Before you start your claim, you can speak to a trained injury claims advisor about your options.

Whenever you are ready, you can speak to a solicitor. They will address any questions you have, and will take care of each stage of the claims process until you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Hatfield and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance helped many claimants in Hatfield?

Whether you live in Hatfield, Hertfordshire or elsewhere, we can help you to make no win, no fee injury claim.

Whether your injury occurred in a public place or due to a manager's negligence our team will make sure your claim is handled by a specialist injury solicitor.

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.

Hatfield injury solicitor reviews

Although the Solicitors Regulation Authority regulates professional standards for solicitors in England and Wales, the actual quality of service varies widely. Online reviews and word of mouth will help you choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor