Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, we are here to help.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

We have helped injured people in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

The basic criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In practice, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the type of illness or injury, whether a child was injured or whether liability can be proved.

It costs nothing to find out if you have a valid claim. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Online 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

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 Letchworth Garden City

Letchworth Garden City road users have the right to claim injury compensation if they have been hurt as the result of another party's actions.

Whether you were hurt in a car accident, or were involved in a motorbike accident, we can help. The Quittance road accident claim guide sets out what you need to know about how to get started.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Letchworth Garden City

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

Whether you have been injured by heavy machinery on a farm or a mechanic injured in a garage, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Accidents in a public place

Recorded data demonstrate that slips and trips are by far the most common cause of injury in the Hertfordshire workplace. Slips and trips are typically the cause of accidents recorded in another category e.g. being hit by a moving object, a fall from a height or a river drowning accident. Public place negligence claims injuries such as fractured wrists experienced on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with slips having occurred on Station Road and on Ivel Court.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a better understanding of events rather than financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to make a formal complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, you can write to Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that include anything from mesothelioma to acute silicosis.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Industrial disease claims

Letchworth Garden City 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, Letchworth Garden City 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 Letchworth Garden City, 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

What should I do next?

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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FAQs

How much experience do your solicitors have of claims in Letchworth Garden City?

Quittance is a national network of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps people in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents at work to whiplash.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Letchworth Garden City - Tips for comparing firms

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for very serious thumb injuries could vary between £15,840 and £28,325 (based on 2015 market research).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Are Letchworth Garden City claimants restricted to only local personal injury solicitors?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a lawyer near you.

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

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

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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.

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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