A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Potters Bar or anywhere in the UK, we can are able to assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims for personal injury compensation must, in most cases, be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

In order to win a Potters Bar personal injury case, it must be shown that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Information and legal advice will be provided by a brief, no-obligation consultation with an expert Potters Bar lawyer.

Calculate your compensation

The personal injury compensation you will receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online claim calculator gives an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Potters Bar

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of accredited road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury lawyers have vast experience in fighting for the highest compensation for claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Potters Bar.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Potters Bar are reasonably common. Government statistics reveal 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 3,690. Accidents in the Potters Bar area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the slip road of the M25 and A111 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A1000 and B556 crossroads.

Read more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Potters Bar

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people hurt in an accident, from soldiers to planning surveyors, to claim maximum compensation. Work accident information for the Hertsmere local authority are published in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Government:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Hertsmere Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury010
Machinery related injury643
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. MTBE related illnesses)323
Fall from height (ladder)13610
Animal related (e.g. livestock)211
Manual handling311823
Physical attack1057
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)504028
Struck against824
Struck by moving vehicle134
Hit by falling object11106
Trapped by something collapsing011

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Other claims we handle

Clinical and medical negligence in Potters Bar

When someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you only want a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To raise a complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, for example, you can write to Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Read more: Clinical negligence claims

Slip and trip accidents

Government data expose the fact that slips and trips are, by some degree, the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Hertfordshire workplace. These types of accident are sometimes the cause of accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by hand tools in use, a crush injury from something overturning or an animal related accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like broken wrists suffered on spillages are also quite common with pothole trips having happened on High St and on Darkes Lane.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with securing compensation for industrial injuries including anything from radiation exposure to vibration white finger.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury

The lasting effect of serious and catastrophic injury will be acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when they are calculating how much compensation to pay.

Damages should lessen the financial burden on an injured claimant and their dependants so they can focus on rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist solicitor firms have helped families claim damages for many major injuries and conditions. Injuries referred to as catastrophic or serious include deep vein thrombosis and chronic pain.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Potters Bar No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Potters Bar and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Potters Bar, from more minor injury cases to catastrophic injury. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their specialist expertise and their track record in winning cases.

Meet the team - click here.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Potters Bar?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of specialist solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Hertfordshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from scaffolding accidents to pedestrian accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.


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.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your injury

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from many months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is vital.

Does the location of the lawyer matter?

Many solicitors operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

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

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 emphysema could vary between ?44,275 and ?56,650 (based on 2015 market research).

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?".

Comparing Potters Bar personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

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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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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