A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you live in Knebworth or anywhere in the country, our injury lawyers can handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim?

Updated: September 22, 2016

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, we can assist you with a claim.

Eligibility to claim

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as noise-induced deafness may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

To win a Knebworth personal injury case, it must be shown that:

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

Answers to your legal questions and invaluable guidance can be provided by a brief, no-obligation consultation with a Knebworth-specialist solicitor.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

Work accident claims in Knebworth

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for Claimants, from building site contractors to interpreters, to seek financial compensation. Injury and illness figures for the North Hertfordshire local authority made available under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Work accidents in North Hertfordshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined191220
Electricity related021
Machinery related injury1076
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)120
Fall from height12512
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)111
Manual handling512622
Assault253
Slip or trip473033
Struck against716
Struck by moving vehicle121
Struck by object20158
Trapped under falling object101

For more information: Injured at work claims

Road traffic accident claims in Knebworth

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Knebworth are quite common. Official statistics reveal a total of 3139 accidents (2754 slight accidents, 358 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hertfordshire local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 3,690.

Our network of professional road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors have vast experience in fighting for optimum settlements for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Knebworth.

For more information: Road accident compensation claim

Other claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Knebworth

Clinical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured as the result of the lack of care of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a better understanding of events instead of claiming compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, you can write to Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation

Slips and trips

HSE data indicate that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common accident at work in Hertfordshire. They are quite often the precursor to injuries categorised as something else e.g. being hit by material under pressure, being trapped by something or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries like fractured ankles suffered on tripping on a street are also quite prevalent with recent incidents having happened on St. Martins Rd and on Broadwater Crescent.

Knebworth lawyers for serious injury compensation

We recognise the vital difference injury compensation will make to seriously injured Claimants. Quittance work to get compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness, which includes damages for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Our panel of expert solicitors have aided Claimants claim compensation for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as serious include lead poisoning and back injuries.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from occupational asthma to asthma caused by latex.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Knebworth 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 Knebworth and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Knebworth and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in recovering compensation, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services 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 Knebworth?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of results-focussed solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Knebworth, Hertfordshire and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of people throughout Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents on building sites to car passenger accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, make our claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.

FAQs

Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for you is critical for your illness or injury

It can take many months for the majority of claims to conclude. Injury claims involving serious injury or disputed liability can take years in some circumstances. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not responsible for many issues that matter to Claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you can rely on throughout your claim to give practical advice and legal guidance.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For minor achilles tendon injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?5,885 to ?10,175 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Do you have to choose a lawyer in Knebworth?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a personal injury solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Reviews for injury lawyers in Knebworth

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

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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