Decades of experience helping accident victims

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.

Making a no win, no fee claim could help you get the compensation you need for an injury or illness that wasn't your fault.

What happened?

Depending on how your injury happened, the compensation claims process will vary. A specialist solicitor will guide you through the stages of making a claim.

Please select how you were injured:

Can I claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

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

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, including the specific details of the accident, how close to the claim limitation date you are or whether liability can be proved.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker.

How long does a child have to start a claim?

As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can act as a 'litigation friend' and instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of your child. If you suffered an injury as a child, you have until you turn 21 years old to claim compensation.

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Child injury compensation claims

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

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.

Road accident claims in Wickford

Department of Transport data reveals there were 2995 road accidents in Essex in 2021, including 2321 slight accidents, 638 accidents and 36 fatal accidents.

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault in Wickford, or anywhere in England or Wales, you may be entitled to claim compensation. A compensation claim could be possible if you were injured as a:

  • Driver or passenger in a car
  • Rider or pillion on a motorbike
  • Lorry, HGV or van driver or passenger
  • Public transport user (bus or taxi)
  • Cyclist or e-scooter rider
  • Pedestrian

Regardless of whether you were hurt in a car collision, or were injured riding a bike, our team can help. Our guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

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Claim road accident compensation

Work injury claims in Wickford

There were 1 fatalities and 926 other work accidents in Essex in 2021.

If you were injured at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.

By law, employers and site operators owe a duty of care to their staff, to visitors and contractors. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a farm worker or a gardener, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful compensation claim.

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Work accident compensation

How common are work accidents in Wickford?

HSE-reported Essex work accidentsReported Injuries
General14%
Electric shock0%
Machinery related3%
Exposure to harmful substance0%
Fall from height7%
Injured by an animal1%
Manual handling23%
Physical attack12%
Slip or trip28%
Struck against1%
Struck by moving vehicle1%
Hit by object10%
Crushed by something collapsing0%

Medical negligence claims in Wickford

Medical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a GP or other medical professional. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from one of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Wickford, including Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (The Lodge, Lodge Approach, Runwell, Wickford, Essex).

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Clinical negligence compensation

Public place injury claims in Wickford

Claims for injuries that occur on property or land owned by somebody else are called occupiers' liability claims.

Whether your accident happened at an airport or on a public highway, you could be entitled to make an injury claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in a public place, we can help.

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Claim public place accident compensation

Serious injury compensation

Life-changing injuries that have long term or debilitating effect on your life are referred to as 'serious' injuries. These injuries typically include head, brain and spinal injuries. Loss of sight, other injuries to the senses, and long-term health issues are also considered to be life-altering injuries.

We know how important a successful serious injury claim will be. Compensation will help to reduce the financial burden, and your specialist catastrophic injury solicitor will also liaise with insurers and care professionals, so you can focus on your recovery.

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Serious injury compensation claims

Will I have to visit my solicitor's office in person?

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.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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 Wickford and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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FAQs

Has Quittance helped many claimants in Wickford?

Whether you live in Wickford, Essex or elsewhere, we can help you to make no win, no fee injury claim.

Whether your injury occurred in a car crash, at your place of work or in a public park our team will make sure your claim is handled by a specialist injury solicitor.

Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Wickford personal injury solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary.

Online reviews will make it easier choose the best injury lawyer for your needs.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

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.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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**

*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?

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.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator