Making a personal injury compensation claim

Our personal injury experts are here to help, so you can focus on your recovery.

If you have been injured and you think it is someone else's fault, you could make a claim for financial compensation.

What caused your injury?

The steps required to win a personal injury claim will depend on what caused your injury or illness.

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Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In practice, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the specific details of the accident, where the injury occurred or whether causation can be established.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker.

Can a child claim injury compensation?

As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.

If you were injured when you were under 18 years old, you have until your 21st birthday to make claim.

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Child injury compensation claims

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

Calculate my 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.

Road accident claims in Rushden

Vehicle accidents in Rushden are quite common. Government data indicates there were 1317 road accidents in Northamptonshire in 2021 (911 slight accidents, 377 accidents and 29 fatalities). Accidents in the Rushden region in 2013 included crashes on the A5001 and A45 roundabout and on the A6 and A5001 roundabout.

All road users in Rushden and across the UK, owe a legal duty of care to each other, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. If someone else was to blame for your injury, you may be able to claim compensation.

Regardless of whether you have been hurt in a crash, or were the victim of a hit-and-run driver, our specialist team can help. Our road accident compensation claim guide sets out everything you need to know about the compensation process.

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Claim road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Rushden

Official HSE statistics show that there were 0 fatal and 907 non-fatal work accidents in Northamptonshire in 2021 (672 led to 7+ days off work).

If you have sustained an injury because of your employer's actions, you may be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whether your accident happened while working as a care home worker or a care assistant, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful work accident claim.

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Work accident compensation claims

How common are work accidents in Rushden?

HSE-reported work accidents in NorthamptonshireReported Injuries
Not specified12%
Machinery related injury5%
Exposed to fire0%
Fall from height7%
Injured by an animal1%
Lifting22%
Physical assault0%
Slip, trip, fall same level29%
Struck against5%
Struck by moving vehicle4%
Struck by object14%
Trapped under falling object0%

Clinical negligence claims in Rushden

When a person is injured due to the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from one of the clinics and NHS trusts covering Rushden.

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Clinical negligence compensation

Public place accidents claims in Rushden

UK law states that owners (occupiers) of premises are liable for the safety and welfare of all visitors.

Whether you have been injured in a shopping centre or on a footpath, and someone else was responsible, you may be entitled to make an injury claim.

If you have been injured in an accident in a public place we can help you make an injury claim for financial compensation.

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Claim public place accident compensation

Compensation for serious injuries

Serious injuries, often referred to as catastrophic injuries, are those which have an immediate and life-changing impact on an injured person and their family. Serious injuries typically include head, brain and spinal injuries, but could also include injuries arising from medical negligence or pharmaceutical error.

We know how important a successful serious injury claim will be. Compensation will help to reduce the financial burden, and your specialist catastrophic injury solicitor will also liaise with insurers and care professionals, so you can focus on your recovery.

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Serious and catastrophic injury compensation

Will I have to visit my solicitor's office?

If you are planning to start a claim, you do not need to go to a solicitor's office.

On a quick phone call with a friendly advisor, you can explain what happened and find out if you may have a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim.

Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Rushden and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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FAQs

Has Quittance helped many claimants in Rushden?

Whether you live in Rushden, Northamptonshire, or elsewhere in the UK, we can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim.

Whether your injury occurred in a car or motorbike accident or in a public park we will ensure your case is handled by an expert, specialist solicitor.

Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Rushden solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, but service levels vary considerably.

Online reviews and word of mouth will help you to choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

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

If, for example, 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 for them.

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

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

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

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?

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

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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

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

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator