A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you live in Hertford or anywhere else in the UK, our expert lawyers can manage your claim and we will set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for personal injury compensation must be made within a three-year window in the majority of cases.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what is important in these situations.

In order to win a Hertford personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

In all cases, a short, free call with an expert solicitor can give answers and invaluable guidance.

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How much can I claim?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Work accident claims in Hertford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from members of the army to homeless workers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident information in the East Hertfordshire local authority are detailed in accordance with reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Work accidents in East Hertfordshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
General141710
Electrocution101
Machinery related332
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)313
Fall from height11718
Animal related120
Lifting572827
Physical assault2176
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)524737
Struck against1031
Struck by moving vehicle210
Struck by object998
Trapped by something collapsing111

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Road traffic accident claims in Hertford

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of accredited road traffic accident injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in fighting for maximum general and special damages for people who have been hurt in a car accident in Hertford.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Hertford are relatively frequent. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 3139 accidents (2754 slight accidents, 358 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hertfordshire local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 3,690. Incidents in the Hertford area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A414 and B1197 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A119 and A414 roundabout.

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Other injury claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from asbestos related illness to MEK poisoning.

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Slips and trips

Officially recorded figures emphasise the fact that slips and trips are by some margin the most common accident at work in Hertfordshire and the UK in 2014/15. Slips and trips are often the precursor to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being struck by a falling object or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries like broken wrists experienced on raised kerb stones are also quite common with recent slips and trips having happened on Fore Street and on Bengeo Street.

Serious injury experts handling cases in Hertford

Quittance's team understand the critical difference an injury claim can make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. Our panel of lawyers work to achieve compensation for serious injuries, including compensation for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Our network of lawyers have for many years helped people affected by major accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are held to be serious range from serious psychiatric harm to mesothelioma.

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Medical negligence in Hertford

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when a patient is injured due to the lack of care of a GP or other health worker. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for closure or answers rather than a compensation award. For example, you can contact Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, to make a complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

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Hertford 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 Hertford and across the UK.

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Meet the team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Hertford, from fast track cases to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their winning track record and their level of specialist experience.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What is Quittance's track record of claims in Hertford?

Quittance is a nationwide network of specialist solicitors that helps claimants in Hertford, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of people across Hertfordshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents at work and public place accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and expert advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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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.

Guidance for injured people seeking a personal injury solicitor

Instructing the best solicitor for your legal case is a crucial step towards negotiating the best compensation award for your illness or injuries.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Hertford (according to the 2015 SRA database) - what is the best way to make certain you instruct the best legal practice for your needs?

The contrast in the amount of fees between different lawyers working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is a material consideration for claimants.

For example the amount retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of ?8,379 for moderate shoulder injuries could vary from ?5,027 to ?7,122.

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Will I need to choose a local Hertford injury lawyer ?

The location of a law firm is not so critical as injury cases can be conducted by phone and email.

It is however necessary to select a solicitors practice that offers national medical centres as claimants will need to attend a medical examination.

See : Do you have a medical centre in or near Hertford?

Hertford personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary significantly.

Reading reviews is a great place to start if you are trying to decide which solicitor to pick and which considerations are most important to you.

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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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