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

If you were injured or became ill due to another party's negligence, we're here to help.

How we can help

Every year, we help injured people in St Albans, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you suffered an injury:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or whether the defendant is uninsured.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our 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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St Albans road accident claims

Road users should be able to claim compensation if they are hurt on St Albans's roads because of another party's carelessness.

It does not matter if you have been hurt in a crash, or have suffered an injury riding a cycle on St Albans's roads, we're here to help. Quittance's road accident compensation claim guide sets out what you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in St Albans

If you have sustained an injury because of your employer's actions or negligence, you have the right to make a claim.

Whatever the circumstances of your injury, whether you are a scaffolder injured on a building site or a solicitor injured in the office, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Injuries in a public place

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.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

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

Industrial disease claims

St Albans 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, St Albans 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 St Albans, Hertfordshire 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

We are Quittance Legal Services

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

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.

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.

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?".

What are the road accident statistics in St Albans

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.

St Albans work accident statistics

The most recent 2019 injury and illness information in the St Albans Local Authority (2013/14) reported in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Government:

Workplace accidents in St Albans Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other20
Electricity related2
Machinery related7
Explosion related (e.g. dust)1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)1
Fall from height (ladder)10
Injured by an animal0
Manual handling35
Physical assault14
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)31
Struck against7
Struck by moving vehicle0
Struck by object15
Trapped by something collapsing0

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.

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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