Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, Quittance Legal Services can help.

How Quittance can help

Every year, we help injured claimants in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to 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 at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or whether there was a criminal incident.

A brief phone consultation will tell you whether you are eligible to make a claim. There is 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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Road accident claims in Wheathampstead

Wheathampstead road users are entitled to make a claim for compensation if they have been hurt as the result of someone else's carelessness.

Whether you sustained an injury riding a cycle on Wheathampstead's roads, or have been hurt in a car collision, Quittance's expert guide explains how to make a road accident compensation claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Wheathampstead

Have you been injured at work and your employer, or another member of staff, was liable? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

Whatever you do for a living, whether you had a fall or developed noise-induced hearing loss, our work accident claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Injuries in a public place

Officially recorded statistics expose the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent accident at work in Hertfordshire. Slips and trips are often related to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being struck by a moving object, a lifting injury or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability accident claims injuries, such as broken toes happening on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with recent pavement trips having happened in the area.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from asbestos related illness to toluene exposure.

Read more about Industrial disease compensation claim

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

Quittance's team recognise the critical change a successful claim makes to the lives of severely injured claimants.

Quittance's team fight for the maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries. This includes compensation for medical and care costs. Our network of solicitor firms have aided families recover compensation for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injuries and illnesses categorised as serious include amputation, head injuries and poisoning.

Read more about Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Wheathampstead 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, Wheathampstead 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 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire 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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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Frequently asked questions

What is your track record of winning claims in Wheathampstead?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of expert personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

The solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and factory accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, 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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Solicitor reviews in Wheathampstead - Tips for comparing firms

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

The diversity in personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different solicitors working on No Win No Fee agreements is surprising.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant having been awarded £11,181 for mild tinnitus with some hearing loss can vary from £6,708 to £9,503.

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Does the location of the solicitor matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a personal injury solicitor near you.

Medical exams 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.

What are the road accident statistics in Wheathampstead

Quittance's group of trained no win no fee litigators have decades of experience in negotiating the highest awards for claimants who have been injured in a car or motorbike accident in Wheathampstead.

Accidents involving all vehicles in Wheathampstead are relatively common. Official statistics reveal 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 3,690.

What are the Wheathampstead work accident statistics?

The latest 2019 accident stats for the St Albans Local Authority (2013/14) are compiled in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in St Albans Local AuthorityReported Injuries
Other20
Electricity related2
Machinery related7
Explosion related (e.g. dust)1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)1
Fall from height (ladder)10
Injured by an animal0
Manual handling35
Physical assault14
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)31
Struck against7
Struck by moving vehicle0
Struck by object15
Trapped 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.

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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