A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

No matter whether you are based in Bungay or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury solicitors will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Key criteria

A claim must usually be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

To win a Bungay personal injury case, it must be proven that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

The solicitor should look at how your injury claim relates to the points.

Find out how much you can claim

The compensation you will be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Bungay

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Bungay are relatively commonplace with statistics showing a total of 2214 accidents (1923 slight accidents, 266 serious accidents and 25 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Suffolk local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,349.

Our group of trained no win, no fee personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in obtaining optimum awards for anyone injured in a car or motorbike accident in Bungay.

See: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Bungay

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from building site contractors to art therapists, to claim compensation. Accident statistics for the Waveney local authority are published under RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Waveney Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related110
Contact with machinery1671
Exposed to explosion001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)426
Fall from height (ladder)111010
Animal related111
Manual handling623045
Physical attack882
Slip, trip, fall same level584942
Struck against686
Hit by vehicle242
Struck by object30910

See: Work accident claims

Other claims

Bungay experts for serious injury compensation

The impact serious and catastrophic injury has will be understood by Courts and insurance companies when they are working out compensation.

By limiting the financial pressure a serious injury puts on an injured claimant and their dependants, an injury claim allows claimants to prioritise rehabilitation. Our network of law firms engage with Courts, insurance companies and medical professionals to make sure claimants impacted by major accidents receive the support they need. Injuries and medical conditions held by the Courts to be serious include spinal cord damage and asbestos-related disease.

See: Serious injury claims

Slip and trip injuries

Reported data underline the fact that slips and trips are by far the most frequent cause of injury in the Suffolk workplace. Slips and trips are typically the precursor to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by an object falling from a machine, a fall from a ladder or a fire related accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like fractured vertebrae experienced on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with recent pavement crack trips having occurred on Earsham Street.

Clinical and medical negligence in Bungay

Clinical negligence describes when someone is injured due to the lack of care of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you only want a better understanding of events as opposed to injury compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can contact Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

See: Medical negligence claim

Bungay No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Bungay and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Bungay and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

What is your track record of injury claims in Bungay?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of specialist personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Bungay, Suffolk and throughout the country, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted 100's of injured claimants in Suffolk get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and motorbike accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to handle your claim

In most cases a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion and in severe injuries, some claims can take over a year. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, however the SRA are not required to monitor many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Your legal representative should be someone you can rely on throughout your claim to give expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

What should you look for when comparing Bungay solicitor reviews?

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Will you need to choose a local Bungay injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the firm is not very important as injury cases are normally handled by phone and email.

However, you should select a company with medical facilities near you as you will have to attend a medical exam.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for a broken tibia or fibula could vary between ?1,000 and ?7,370 (based on 2015 market research).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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