A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you live in Shefford or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Can I claim?Check claim

Key criteria

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of an injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it should be demonstrated 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.

Starting your claim sooner will enable evidence and witness statements to be gathered in support of your claim by the solicitor.

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Calculate my compensation

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Shefford

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Further information: Road traffic accident claims

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Work accident claims in Shefford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from catering assistants to public house managers, to get the compensation they deserve. Injury and illness figures in the Central Bedfordshire local authority reported in accordance with legislation by the Government excerpted below:

Work accidents in Central Bedfordshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified354049
Electric shock012
Machinery related injury191214
Fire related (e.g. scars)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)433
Fall from height (ladder)321728
Injured by an animal223
Manual handling876383
Slip, trip, fall same level937378
Struck against13819
Struck by moving vehicle1458
Hit by falling object382736
Crushed by something collapsing121

Further information: Work accident compensation claims

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Other types of claim

Slip and trip injuries

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.

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

Serious injury

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. Our 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

Clinical and medical negligence in Shefford

When a person sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. To raise a complaint against Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, for example, you can contact South Wing, Kempston Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation claim

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Shefford No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Shefford and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Shefford and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their track record in winning claims and their knowledge and expertise.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience do Quittance 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.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

How to approach choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your circumstances

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

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?

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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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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