A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in St Albans or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert personal injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Personal injury claims must, in most cases, be made within three years of an injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like RSI may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three key components to making a successful claim. It must be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Information and legal advice will be provided by a short, free consultation with an expert St Albans lawyer.

Find out how much you can claim

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of points. Our online calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in St Albans

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in St Albans are relatively frequent. Official statistics show 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 3,690. Incidents in St Albans in 2013 included collisions on the A414 and A5183 roundabout and on the A414 and A405 roundabout.

Quittance's network of certified no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in negotiating maximum damages for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in St Albans.

Further information: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in St Albans

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from carpenters to software engineers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Injury and illness information in the St Albans local authority reported in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Government:

Workplace accidents in St Albans Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related212
Machinery related427
Explosion related (e.g. dust)001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)241
Fall from height (ladder)91410
Injured by an animal010
Manual handling442835
Physical assault221814
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)515431
Struck against1657
Struck by moving vehicle540
Struck by object171215
Trapped by something collapsing020

Further information: Work accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical and clinical negligence in St Albans

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

You can raise a formal complaint if you just want answers as opposed to financial damages. You can contact Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, for example, to make a complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive figures stress the fact that employee slips and trips are still the most frequent accident in the Hertfordshire workplace in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the initiators of injuries recorded in a different category e.g. being hit by another person or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (St Albans local authority) accident claims injuries like bruised legs experienced on pavement cracks are also common with pothole trips having occurred recently.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for industrial injuries including anything from radiation exposure to PCB exposure.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

St Albans serious injury compensation

The long-term effect of serious injury will be acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when determining a claim.

Quittance's team fight for compensation for serious injury and illness, which includes claiming for medical and care costs.

Our network of law firms communicate with insurance companies and medical professionals ensuring claimants affected by major accidents get legal and medical support.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

St Albans No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in St Albans and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in St Albans, from more minor injury cases to catastrophic injury. Selected because of their winning track record, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Meet the team - click here.

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

What is your track record of claims in St Albans?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people in St Albans, Hertfordshire and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of claimants in Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including industrial disease and public place accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 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 that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

How to select the best personal injury lawyer for your compensation claim

Finding a suitable legal representation for your case is a critical step towards getting the highest compensation settlement for your accident.

With approximately 100 offices within a 25 radius of St Albans (according to the SRA database) - how can you make certain you choose the most appropriate solicitors' practice to pursue compensation for you?

Do you need to instruct a local lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitor is not relevant as cases are usually managed by phone and email.

It is however necessary to choose a law firm with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will be expected to attend a medical exam.

More - Do you have a local medical centre?

Injury lawyer reviews in St Albans - What to look for

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For work-related upper limb disorders, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?17,710 to ?18,700 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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