Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If either your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, we can help.

How we can help

Each year, we help injured claimants in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and across the UK get compensation for:

Can I make a claim?

If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or if there is an uninsured driver involved.

Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant Claim Checker:

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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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation calculator

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:

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Road accident claims in Hitchin

If you were hurt on Hitchin's roads because of the behaviour of another road user, you have a right to claim injury compensation.

Whether you have suffered an injury as a pedestrian, or were hurt in a collision, this expert guide explains how to make a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Hitchin

Have you have had an accident at work and your employer, or another member of staff, was responsible? If so you may be able to claim compensation through their liability insurance.

Whatever the circumstances of your injury, whether you are a roofer injured on a building site or a media executive injured in the office, our work injury claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Public place accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data demonstrate that slips, trips and falls are by far the most common accident in the Hertfordshire workplace in 2015. They are sometimes related to injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a lake drowning accident. Public liability claims for injuries such as broken collarbones occurring on obstructed walkways are also common with recent pavement crack trips having occurred on Redhill Road and on Bucklersbury.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with securing compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from occupational asthma to farmers lung.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

Quittance's team recognise the change compensation makes to the lives of people who have been affected by catastrophic and serious injury.

By limiting the stress a serious injury places on a claimant and their family, a compensation claim helps individuals to prioritise rehabilitation. Quittance's network of expert solicitors have for many years aided families affected by serious accidents and injuries.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Hitchin No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Hitchin injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Why Quittance?

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

Have the solicitors handled many claims in Hitchin?

We are a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

We have helped hundreds of people throughout Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including pedestrian accidents and accidents in the office.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Do you have to choose a law firm in Hitchin?

You do not need to select a solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Hitchin personal injury solicitor reviews

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

Reading reviews can be revealing when mulling over which lawyer best serves your needs and which considerations are most important to you.

Read more Personal injury lawyer reviews

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 wrist injuries causing permanent pain and stiffness, for example, ranges from £10,175 to £19,800 (based on 2015 market data).

What are the road accident statistics in Hitchin

Our network of trained road traffic accident legal advisors have vast experience in fighting for optimum awards for anyone who has sustained an injury in a road accident in Hitchin.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Hitchin are reasonably common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 3,690.

Work accident statistics in Hitchin

The most up to date 2019 work accident information for the North Hertfordshire Local Authority (2013/14) are compiled under legislation by the HSE and set out below:

Workplace accidents in North Hertfordshire Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
Undetermined20
Electricity related1
Machinery related injury6
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)0
Fall from height12
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)1
Manual handling22
Assault3
Slip or trip33
Struck against6
Struck by moving vehicle1
Struck by object8
Trapped under falling object1

Can I claim for someone else?

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

If 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 on behalf of the injured person.

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

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

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

Taken from average case times, 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?

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

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

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

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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