A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Stevenage or anywhere else in England or Wales, our solicitors can help with your claim and we will always set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our expert solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Personal injury claims should, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

In most cases, proving an injury claim will involve three issues. It needs to be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

The lawyer can take you through these points and will explain how they apply to your claim.

What is my claim worth?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Stevenage

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of road traffic accident (RTA) solicitors have a wealth of experience in achieving optimum settlements for anyone who has been hurt in a road accident in Stevenage.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Stevenage are relatively frequent with statistics showing a total of 3139 accidents (2754 slight accidents, 358 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hertfordshire local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 3,690. Accidents in the Stevenage area in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A602 and A1155 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A1070 and A602 roundabout.

See: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Stevenage

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from factory workers to special education teachers, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident at work data for the Stevenage local authority are published in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the HSE in the following table:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Stevenage Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury100
Machinery related223
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PCB - polychlorinated biphenyls)204
Fall from height11511
Injured by an animal100
Lifting and handling injuries622641
Physical assault23187
Slip or trip413139
Struck against521
Struck by moving vehicle422
Hit by object161118
Trapped by something collapsing100

See: Work accident claim

Other injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Stevenage

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for a better understanding of events rather than financial damages. You can write to Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, for example, to make a complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

See: Clinical negligence claims

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive figures expose the fact that slips and trips are by far the most frequent cause of injury at work in Hertfordshire and the UK as a whole. Slips, trips and falls are frequently the initiators of injuries categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by another person, a fall from a height or a drowning accident. Public place accident claims injuries like facial scarring sustained on obstructed footpaths are also common with pothole trips having occurred in the local area.

Industrial disease

Litigators can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that include anything from NIHL to mercury poisoning.

See: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury lawyers in Stevenage

Quittance's team recognise the difference a successful claim makes to the lives of seriously injured claimants. By reducing the financial stress a serious injury puts on a claimant, a claim allows individuals to prioritise rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of lawyers communicate with the Courts and insurers to make sure people affected by serious accidents and injuries receive medical and financial support.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Stevenage No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Stevenage and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Stevenage and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their winning track record and their professionalism.

Meet the team - click here.

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

What experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Stevenage?

We are a national panel of specialist solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Stevenage, Hertfordshire and throughout the country, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of claimants across Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including workplace accidents and public place accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

In most cases a personal injury claim can take months to agree a settlement. In cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you can trust throughout the claims process to provide both legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Comparing Stevenage personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

You do not need to instruct a law firm near you.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

The diversity in the level of success fees and ATE premiums charged by law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is vast

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant awarded ?65,762 for a serious back injury could conceivably vary from ?39,457 to ?55,898.

Further reading Get a personal injury quote

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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