Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

We can help you to claim compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Shefford, Bedfordshire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

If you have been injured or made ill in an accident that was not your fault, you should be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In practice, various other factors can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or whether a child was injured.

We can confirm your eligibility to claim over the phone. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant 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 Shefford

Shefford cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians have the right to start a claim for compensation if they are hurt because of another party's negligence.

Whether you have been hurt in a crash, or were involved riding a cycle on Shefford's roads, we can help you take action. This road accident compensation claim guide sets out everything you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Shefford

If you have been injured because of your employer's negligence, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whatever your job is, whether you suffered a cut or laceration or developed carpal tunnel syndrome, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place accidents

Recorded statistics underscore the fact that slips and trips are the single most frequent cause of injury at work in Bedfordshire. They are typically related to injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by a reversing vehicle, a carrying injury or a harmful substance accident. Public place cases for injuries like bruised backs sustained on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with kerb stone trips having occurred on South Bridge St and on Shefford Road.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries including anything from dermatitis claims to pesticide poisoning.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claims

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

Courts understand that serious injuries can have a major effect on an individual and their dependants.

By relieving the financial stress a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on an injured person, injury compensation allows them to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. The panel of specialist serious injury solicitors work with insurance companies, medical practitioners and the legal system to ensure people affected by major accidents receive legal and medical support.

Further information: Serious injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Shefford 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, Shefford 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 Shefford, Bedfordshire 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

Take the first steps towards compensation

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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Frequently asked questions

How much experience do the solicitors have of handling claims in Shefford?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of specialist solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Shefford, Bedfordshire and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of injured claimants throughout Bedfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents due to poor road conditions to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Reviews for solicitors in Shefford

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to strictly professional. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

The diversity in success fees and ATE premiums between different solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements is enormous.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded £17,883 for loss of taste can vary from £10,730 to £15,200.

Additional reading How to compare personal injury fees

Will I need a local injury lawyer ?

The location of a solicitor is not so important as injury cases are usually managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should choose a company that provides national medical centres as you will almost always have to attend a medical exam.

More details - Do you have a local medical centre?

What are the road accident statistics in Shefford

Our network of specialist no win no fee injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in getting optimum general and special damages for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Shefford.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Shefford are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 831 accidents (716 slight accidents, 108 serious accidents and 7 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bedfordshire local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 964.

What are the Shefford work accident statistics?

The latest 2019 injury and illness figures in the Central Bedfordshire Local Authority (2013/14) reported in accordance with legislation by the Government excerpted below:

Work accidents in Central Bedfordshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Not specified49
Electric shock2
Machinery related injury14
Fire related (e.g. scarrs)1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)3
Fall from height (ladder)28
Injured by an animal3
Manual handling83
Assault13
Slip, trip, fall same level78
Struck against19
Struck by moving vehicle8
Hit by falling object36
Crushed by something collapsing1

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.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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