Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Our personal injury services

We have helped injured people in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Do I have a personal injury claim?

You should be able to make a compensation claim if you suffered an illness or injury:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or whether a minor was injured.

A short phone call will tell you whether you have a valid compensation claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant 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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Waterbeach road accident claims

Waterbeach cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians may be able to start a claim for compensation if they are injured because of someone else's carelessness.

Whether you have been hurt in a collision at a junction, or were injured in a hit-and-run on Waterbeach's roads, our specialist team can help. Our guide to road accident compensation claims sets out everything you need to know about the claims process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Waterbeach

Have you have had an accident at work and your employer was negligent? If so you may be able to claim compensation through their liability insurance.

However your injury occurred, whether you a civil engineer injured in the field or a teacher injured at school, our guide to work accident claims explains your rights and to make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Injuries in a public place

Government figures underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the single most prevalent accident at work in Cambridgeshire. They are quite often the initiators of injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by machinery or a toxic substance accident. Public place (South Cambridgeshire local authority) litigation for injuries like fractured vertebrae happening on obstructed footpaths are also common with slips and trips having happened in the area.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Clinical negligence describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you only want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. To make a complaint against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Hills Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from mesothelioma to solvent exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

Waterbeach 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, Waterbeach 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 Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire 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

Your questions answered

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 Quittance's track record of winning claims in Waterbeach?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Last year, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants throughout Cambridgeshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from whiplash to accidents in the workplace.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Solicitor reviews in Waterbeach - What to consider

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for vibration white finger affecting causing a change in job, for example, ranges from £25,575 to £31,075 (based on 2015 market data).

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?".

Will I need to instruct a local Waterbeach solicitor ?

The location of the lawyers office is not particularly relevant as cases now tend to be conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to choose a solicitors practice that offers national medical centres as you will usually be expected to attend a medical exam.

Further reading : Do you have a medical centre in or near Waterbeach?

What are the road accident statistics in Waterbeach

Our group of accredited litigators have decades of experience in achieving the best settlements for people hurt in a car accident in Waterbeach.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Waterbeach are relatively common. Police reporters reveal that there were 28 fatal accidents, 277 serious accidents and 1664 slight accidents in 2013 in Cambridgeshire (Total events were 1969 local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,049.

Work accident statistics in Waterbeach

The latest 2019 work injury figures for the South Cambridgeshire Local Authority (2013/14) are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE excerpted below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in South Cambridgeshire Local AuthorityReported Injuries
Undetermined21
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)0
Machinery related injury7
Fire related (e.g. burns)0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)2
Fall from height13
Injured by an animal1
Lifting and carrying34
Physical assault19
Slip, trip, fall same level41
Struck against4
Struck by moving vehicle3
Struck by object16
Crushed 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.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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