A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you are based in Watford or anywhere in the UK, our expert injury solicitors can take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 19, 2016

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

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Key criteria

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such cases.

In most cases, making a successful claim has three key elements. It must be demonstrated 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
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How much compensation could I get?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Work accident claims in Watford

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from farm workers to television production assistants, to claim maximum compensation. Work accident data for the Hertsmere local authority are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Government as follows:

HSE reported work accidents in Hertsmere Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Undefined16913
Electrical injury010
Machinery related injury643
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. MTBE related illnesses)323
Fall from height (ladder)13610
Animal related (e.g. livestock)211
Manual handling311823
Physical attack1057
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)504028
Struck against824
Struck by moving vehicle134
Hit by falling object11106
Trapped by something collapsing011

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Road traffic accident claims in Watford

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Watford are not uncommon. Official statistics show a total of 3139 accidents (2754 slight accidents, 358 serious accidents and 27 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Hertfordshire local authority district. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,690. 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.

Our network of qualified litigators have a wealth of experience in negotiating maximum compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Watford.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury

The long-term effect serious injury can have is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when determining how much compensation to pay.

By reducing the financial stress serious injury places on an injured Claimant, a claim allows Claimants to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation. Our network of solicitor firms have aided families affected by major accidents. Injuries which are considered by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include multiple fractures and birth negligence.

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Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) figures demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Hertfordshire. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the forerunner to accidents filed under a different category like being hit by a reversing vehicle or an animal related accident. Public place (Hertsmere local authority) negligence claims injuries like fractured ankles happening on raised kerb stones are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having occurred in the local area.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help Claimants with claiming work related compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from dermatitis claims to toluene exposure.

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Medical negligence in Watford

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a GP or other medical professional. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want the hospital to explain what happened instead of starting an injury claim. For example, you can contact Trust Offices, Watford General Hospital, Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Watford 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 Watford and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet the team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Watford and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and expertise 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
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What experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in Watford?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists people injured in Watford, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK, get compensation.

Last year, we have helped 100's of injured claimants in Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents in the office and car accidents.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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FAQs

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.

Picking the right lawyer for your claim

You will be liaising with your legal representative for a long period of time, from many months for minor injuries to over a year for complex cases. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the quality of service does vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to trust throughout the claims process to give legal guidance and practical advice.

The disparity in the amount of personal injury fees between different solicitors is a material consideration for Claimants.

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by a Claimant awarded ?32,601 for moderate complex regional pain syndrome could vary from ?19,561 to ?27,711.

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Will you need a local Watford injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is not very relevant as injury cases now tend to be run by phone and email.

You will need to go with a company with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as Claimants will have to go to a medical assessment.

More details : Do you have a medical centre near me?

Check Watford solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by lawyers can vary to a large extent.

Online reviews can be instructive if you are attempting to decide which lawyer to sign up with.

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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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