A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Waltham Cross or anywhere else in the UK, our injury solicitors can help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Injury A claim must usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

In the majority of cases, a successful compensation claim has three key elements. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Calculate your compensation

The personal injury compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Work accident claims in Waltham Cross

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants injured at work, from bricklayers to technical sales engineers, to claim for their work related injuries. Injury and illness figures for the Broxbourne local authority are listed under RIDDOR by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Broxbourne Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Contact with machinery758
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)401
Fall from height (ladder)18103
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)101
Lifting and carrying453119
Slip, trip or fall392626
Struck against6810
Struck by moving vehicle1044
Struck by object201413
Trapped by something collapsing101

Further information: Injured at work compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Waltham Cross

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of qualified legal advisors are experienced in negotiating optimum settlements for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Waltham Cross.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Waltham Cross are not uncommon. 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 the Waltham Cross region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A105 and A10 junction and on the A10 and M25 roundabout.

Further information: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims

Slips and trips

HSE data indicate that slips, trips and falls are still the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Hertfordshire. Slips, trips and falls are frequently connected to accidents attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by machinery or an animal related accident. Public place (Broxbourne local authority) litigation for injuries such as sprained wrists happening on potholes are also quite prevalent with dislodged paving slab trips having happened in the area.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness ranging from allergic contact dermatitis to pesticide poisoning.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Clinical negligence in Waltham Cross

When a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you just want closure or answers instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, to make a formal complaint against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Further information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Serious injury

Quittance understand the vital difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants. Quittance's team fight hard for the maximum compensation for severe injury and illness. This includes claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs.

Quittance's network of expert solicitors work with insurance providers and the legal system ensuring people affected by severe accidents receive legal and medical support.

Further information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Waltham Cross 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 Waltham Cross and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Waltham Cross, from whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their level of specialist experience and their winning track record.

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

Have you won many injury claims in Waltham Cross?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted 100's of claimants across Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and car passenger accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean making a claim is as clear and straightforward 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.

How to choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your illness or injury

Identifying the most appropriate legal expert to assist you is a critical step towards negotiating the highest settlement or award.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Waltham Cross, how do you make sure you choose the ideal legal practice to handle your case?

What should you consider when checking Waltham Cross solicitor reviews?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

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 a fractured forearm, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?5,390 to ?15,510 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Are Waltham Cross claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

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

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

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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