A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Hemel Hempstead or anywhere in the UK, our experienced lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a compensation claim?

Updated: September 11, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Key criteria

Claims must be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in most cases.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three key components to proving a claim. It needs to be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

A brief, no-obligation call with an Hemel Hempstead injury lawyer will provide information and invaluable guidance.

Calculate my compensation

The compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator gives an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

Work accident claims in Hemel Hempstead

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for Claimants, from factory workers to health promotion specialists, to claim work accident compensation. Accident information in the Dacorum local authority are detailed under RIDDOR regulations by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in Dacorum Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Other201819
Electric shock injury200
Machinery related injury445
Fire related010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)641
Fall from height6917
Animal related (e.g. livestock)302
Lifting and handling injuries513553
Assault101013
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)503847
Struck against1163
Hit by vehicle645
Struck by object222321
Trapped by something collapsing100

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Road traffic accident claims in Hemel Hempstead

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of personal injury solicitors have years of experience in obtaining the best awards for people who have been injured in a car or motorbike accident in Hemel Hempstead.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Hemel Hempstead are relatively frequent. Official statistics show 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 3,690. Accidents in the Hemel Hempstead region in 2013 included collisions on the dual carriageway of the A41 and A4251 crossroads and on the A4146 and A4147 slip road.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical and clinical negligence in Hemel Hempstead

When a person suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of financial compensation. You can contact Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, for example, to make a formal complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

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Slips and trips

Official statistics stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are still the most frequent cause of injury at work in Hertfordshire and the UK as a whole. These types of accident are frequently the initiators of injuries recorded in another category like being hit by an object falling from a machine or a drowning accident. Public liability claims for injuries such as facial scarring sustained on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent slips and trips having happened on Chapel Croft and in Simmons Garden Centre.

Hemel Hempstead serious injury claims

We recognise the change an injury claim makes to the lives of severely injured Claimants. By limiting the stress serious injury puts on an injured Claimant, a claim enables Claimants to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Our panel of expert solicitors have aided Claimants receive compensation for many catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and medical conditions categorised as catastrophic or serious include chronic pain and cerebral palsy.

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Industrial disease

Lawyers can help Claimants with getting compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from occupational asthma to carbon monoxide poisoning claim.

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Hemel Hempstead No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Hemel Hempstead and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Hemel Hempstead, from fast track whiplash cases to serious road injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Hemel Hempstead?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Hertfordshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents in the office.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

FAQs

Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Guidance for those searching for a lawyer

Instructing the best lawyer to assist you is a crucial step towards claiming the best compensation settlement for your injuries.

What is the best way to ensure you instruct the ideal legal practice to represent you?

Comparing injury solicitors in Hemel Hempstead - online reviews

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Do I need to choose a local Hemel Hempstead legal firm ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is not especially important as cases can be run remotely.

It is however necessary to select a firm that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as Claimants will be expected to go to a medical exam.

Read more - What is the process for attending a medical?

The diversity in the level of personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements is vast

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?67,660 for lung cancer could vary from ?40,596 to ?57,511.

Additional reading How to compare personal injury fees

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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