Have you been hurt in an accident that wasn't your fault?
If your life and ability to work has been affected by an injury, we can help.
Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
We have helped hundreds of people in Witham, Essex and throughout the UK get the best possible compensation for their injuries.
How did your injury occur?
The injury claims process varies according to how your injury happened.
Please select how you were injured to find out more:
Do I have a personal injury claim?
If you have been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, the law entitles you to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:
- in the last three years (limitation) and
- was caused by another party (causation) and
- that party owed you a duty of care (liability).
Are there any other points to consider?
Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or the quantum of the claim.
We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Instant Claim Checker.
Can a child claim injury compensation?
You can claim injury compensation yourself, at any time until you are 21 years old, whether you were injured in a road accident, at the park, or in any other situation. As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.
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:
Road accident claims in Witham
Road accidents in Witham are reasonably common. Government data reveals there were 2995 road accidents in Essex in 2021 (2321 slight accidents, 638 accidents and 36 fatalities). Accidents in Witham in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A12 and B1389 slip road and on the single carriageway of the B1389 and B1018 other junction.
You can claim compensation if you were injured as a driver or passenger and another road user was liable. You can also claim compensation if you were injured as a motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian.
whether you were hurt in a car crash at a junction, or you were involved in a hit-and-run, our team can help. Our guide to road accident compensation sets out everything you need to know about starting a claim.
Witham work injury claims
In 2021, there were 926 non-fatal work accidents and 1 fatalities in Essex, based on official records.
|HSE-reported work accidents in Essex||Reported Injuries|
|Contact with machinery||3%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)||0%|
|Fall from height||10%|
|Injured by an animal||1%|
|Lifting and handling injuries||26%|
|Slip, trip or fall (not from height)||25%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||1%|
|Hit by object||12%|
If you were injured at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.
Employers owe a duty of care to their staff. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a school teacher or a forklift driver, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful claim.
Witham medical negligence claims
Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against one of the clinics and NHS trusts covering Witham.
Witham occupiers liability accident claims
An occupier (owner or operator) of premises has a legal duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors.
Whether you were hurt on a slippery floor at a supermarket or at a public swimming pool, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and any financial losses.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place we can help you make an injury claim for financial compensation.
Serious injury compensation claims
A catastrophic injury describes any case where a claimant's quality of life is has been so affected that they must make long-term or permanent changes to their daily life. Examples include paraplegia, spinal and brain damage and amputations, but could also include scarring, injuries and illness caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals.
If you have suffered a serious injury, we recognise how important a successful injury claim will be towards supporting your recovery.
Our panel of expert catastrophic injury solicitors understand the difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.Read more:
Will I need to go into a solicitor's office?
Personal injury claims are carried out by phone, post and email, so there will be no need to travel to your solicitor's office when claiming compensation.
On a quick phone call with a friendly advisor, you can explain what happened and find out if you may have a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim.
When you decide to go ahead, the next step is to discuss your case with an expert solicitor. Your solicitor will handle every stage of your claim and will be there to answer any questions you have.
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 Witham and cross the UK.
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Frequently asked questions
Have you helped many injury claimants in Witham?
We assist 100's of injured claimants in Witham and Essex every year.
Your solicitor will fight hard to win your case and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured in a public park or in a car crash.
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.
Witham personal injury solicitor reviews
The SRA regulate the professional standards of all injury solicitors. Despite this, service levels do vary from firm to firm. Personal recommendations and online reviews can help you to select which solicitor is the right fit 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.
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.