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

Has your life or ability to work been affected by your injury? Our personal injury specialists can help.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.

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.

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

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 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant Claim Checker.

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

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:

Calculate compensation

Road accident claims in Shefford

If you have been unfortunate enough to be injured in one of the 100's of serious road accidents that occur in Shefford and across the UK every year, you may be able to claim no win, no fee compensation.

Whether you have been hurt in a crash, or injured when riding a bike, we can help you take action. This road accident compensation claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a claim.

Read more:

Road accident compensation claims

Shefford work accident claims

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

Whether you suffered an injury or illness working as a care home worker or a baggage handler, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful compensation claim.

Read more:

Work accident claims

Shefford clinical negligence claims

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Read more about Medical negligence compensation

Shefford public place accidents

Whether your accident occurred in a park or in a supermarket, and the owner or occupier of the property was at fault, you may be able to claim compensation.

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

Claim compensation for a 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. 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

Shefford No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Shefford injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Shefford, Bedfordshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal 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.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 you will have nothing to pay.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 Shefford and cross the UK.

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

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 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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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

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor