Personal injury claims help and support
Have you had to take time off work to recover from your injuries? Has your daily life been affected? If so, our team can help.
If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, you could claim financial compensation.
Every year, we help injured people in Watford, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK claim No Win, No Fee compensation for their injuries.
How did your injury happen?
The claims process is different, depending on how and where you were injured. Personal injury solicitors tend to specialise in specific types of claim.
Can I make a claim?
You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?
Yes. There are various other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or whether there is an untraceable defendant.
A brief phone consultation will let you know whether you are eligible to make a 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 Online Claim Checker.
What if the injured claimant is a child?
Regardless of when the injury occurred, an injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child at any point until the child's 18th birthday.
Anyone who was injured either during their birth or as a child can start a claim themselves once they turn 18 years old.
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.
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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my 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:
Watford road accident claims
Accidents on Watford's roads are quite common. Government data reveals there were 2228 road accidents in Hertfordshire in 2021 (1848 slight accidents, 360 accidents and 20 fatalities). Incidents in the Watford area in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A4125 and A4008 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A4008 and A411 roundabout.
We can help people injured in road accidents that have occurred in Watford and throughout England and Wales. You may be able to claim compensation if you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian and another road user was liable.
Whether you have been hurt in a crash on a roundabout, or have suffered an injury in a hit-and-run, our team can help. Our guide to road accident claims sets out what you need to know about the compensation process.
Work accident claims in Watford
In Watford, there were 142 non-fatal work accidents and 3.31 fatalities in 2021 (per 100,000 workers).
|Watford work accidents (RIDAGGR)||Reported Injuries|
|Machinery related injury||3%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. MTBE related illnesses)||3%|
|Fall from height (ladder)||10%|
|Animal related (e.g. livestock)||1%|
|Slip, trip or fall (not from height)||27%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||4%|
|Hit by falling object||6%|
|Trapped by something collapsing||1%|
If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation.
Employers and site operators owe a duty of care to their staff, to visitors and contractors. Whether you sustained an injury when working as an electrician or a waiter, our work injury claim guide explains your rights and to make a successful compensation claim.
Clinical negligence claims in Watford
When a patient suffers an 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 a clinic or NHS trust responsible for Watford.
Occupiers liability injury claims in Watford
UK law states that owners (occupiers) of premises are liable for the safety and welfare of all visitors.
Whether you have been injured at a leisure centre or when travelling by train, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
If you've been injured in a public place, we can help you.
Compensation for serious injuries
Compensation claims for particularly severe injuries include head or spinal injuries.
Facial scarring, injuries to the senses, and health conditions such as Chronic Pain Syndrome are also considered to be life-altering injuries.
If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.
A claim will ease the financial burden, helping you and your family to focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert serious injury lawyers coordinate with insurance providers and medical professionals, so you get the rounded support you need.
Will I have to visit my solicitor's office?
When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.
Before you start your claim, you can speak to a trained injury claims advisor about your options.
Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Watford and cross the UK.
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Has Quittance helped many Watford injury claimants?
We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Watford, Hertfordshire, or anywhere in the UK.
Regardless of whether you were hurt in a car accident or in a public place, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.
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.
Watford injury solicitor reviews
Although the Solicitors Regulation Authority regulates professional standards for solicitors in England and Wales, the actual quality of service varies widely.
Online reviews and word of mouth will help you to find the right solicitor for your claim.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, 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 for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.