A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Hitchin or anywhere else in England or Wales, we can will take on your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our expert solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such circumstances.

Whether a claim is being made for a slip, trip or work accident in Hitchin, there are three elements to making a successful claim. It must be shown that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Answers and both practical and legal advice can be provided by a short, free consultation with a specialist lawyer.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Hitchin

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants injured at work, from lathe operators to health visitors, to get the compensation they deserve. Work accident information for the North Hertfordshire local authority are compiled under legislation by the HSE and set out below:

Workplace accidents in North Hertfordshire Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related021
Machinery related injury1076
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)120
Fall from height12512
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)111
Manual handling512622
Slip or trip473033
Struck against716
Struck by moving vehicle121
Struck by object20158
Trapped under falling object101

See: Injured at work compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Hitchin

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

See: Road accident compensation claim

Other 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

Slips and trips

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.

Serious injury

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

Clinical negligence in Hitchin

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you just want closure rather than starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. You can contact Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, for example, to make a formal complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Hitchin No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Hitchin and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Hitchin and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their track record in recovering compensation and their years of specialist experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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 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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

Finding the best personal injury solicitor for your compensation claim

It can take months for most minor injury claims to reach a conclusion. Injury claims for very serious injury or illness can take much longer. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to trust at every step of the process to provide both legal guidance and practical advice.

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).

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.

Read more
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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