A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

No matter whether you live in Hertfordshire or anywhere in the UK, we can help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date of the injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must demonstrate that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that the Defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Your lawyer will explain how your case relates to the points.

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

Road traffic accident claims in Hertfordshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Hertfordshire are relatively commonplace. Police reporters reveal that there were 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 3,690.

Our network of certified road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury solicitors have years of experience in getting the best general and special damages for anyone injured in a car or motorbike accident in Hertfordshire.

Find out more: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Hertfordshire

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from bricklayers to geographical information systems managers, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident data in the Welwyn Hatfield local authority reported in accordance with reporting legislation by the HSE in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Welwyn Hatfield Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported362824
Electrocution100
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 claims

Other claims we handle

Slips and trips

HSE data highlight the fact that slips and trips are by far the most frequent cause of injury at work in South East England. Slips and trips are frequently the initiators of injuries categorised as something else for instance being hit by a runaway vehicle, being trapped by something collapsing or a toxic substance accident. Public place (Welwyn Hatfield local authority) legal claims for injuries like pulled muscles sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite prevalent with street trips having happened on High St and on Claggy Rd.

Medical negligence in Hertfordshire

Clinical negligence describes when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages. To make a complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from chemical poisoning to chronic silicosis.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury

The long-term effect serious injury has is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when determining injury compensation.

By relieving the stress a serious or catastrophic injury places on an injured person and their dependants, a successful claim helps Claimants to concentrate on their rehabilitation. Quittance's network of law firms have aided Claimants collect compensation for many chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries categorised as serious range from major surgical negligence to neck injuries.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Hertfordshire No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Hertfordshire and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Hertfordshire, from whiplash cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Our lawyers are chosen for their winning track record and their level of experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

What experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Hertfordshire?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Hertfordshire and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of claimants across Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including building site accidents and road accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward 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. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your accident

Choosing a suitable solicitors' practice for your case is a critical step towards getting the highest settlement or award.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Hertfordshire (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015 database), how can you make sure you instruct the best solicitors' practice to help you?

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a Claimant's compensation for severe arm injuries, for example, ranges from ?77,715 to ?105,875 (based on 2015 market data).

Will I need to select a local Hertfordshire injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitors office is less critical as cases are typically run without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should go with a company that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as Claimants will usually have to go to a medical exam.

More - Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

Hertfordshire personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by lawyers can differ.

Online reviews is a great place to start if you are trying to decide which lawyer best serves your needs 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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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