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

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

We have helped hundreds of people in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and across the UK get compensation for:

Do I have a personal injury claim?

You should be able to make a compensation claim if you suffered an illness or injury:

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

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or whether a minor was injured.

A short phone call will tell you whether you have a valid compensation claim. You will be under 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 calculator

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 Bury St Edmunds

Road users have a right to start a claim for compensation if they have been hurt on Bury St Edmunds's roads due to another party's carelessness.

It does not matter whether you have been involved riding a cycle on Bury St Edmunds's roads, or have been hurt in a car accident, our useful guide sets out how to start a road accident compensation claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Bury St Edmunds

Have you have had an accident at work and your employer was negligent? If so you may be able to claim compensation through their liability insurance.

However your injury occurred, whether you a civil engineer injured in the field or a teacher injured at school, our guide to work accident claims explains your rights and to make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Public place injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Suffolk and the UK as a whole. Slips, trips and falls are quite often lead to injuries classified under another heading such as being hit by a falling object or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place (St Edmundsbury local authority) claims for injuries such as sprained arms sustained on potholes are also common with street falls having occurred on St. Olaves Precinct and on Lake Avenue.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence is the term used when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor or other medical professional. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for answers instead of starting an injury claim. To make a complaint against West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to West Suffolk Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

Quittance recognise the vital change a compensation claim will make to the lives of people impacted by serious and catastrophic injury. By reducing the pressure serious injury puts on an injured person, a successful claim helps them to concentrate on recovery.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Bury St Edmunds 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, Bury St Edmunds 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 Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 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

Take the first steps towards compensation

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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FAQs

Have you won many injury claims in Bury St Edmunds?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps people in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted 100's of claimants across Suffolk seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including ladder accidents and bike accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.

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.

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

You do not need to pick a personal injury solicitor near you.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Bury St Edmunds - Tips for comparing firms

Talking to a solicitor about your case is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service offered by different firms.

The disparity in personal injury success fees and insurance premiums between different lawyers is an important consideration for claimants.

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of £28,331 for vibration white finger affecting causing a change in job could conceivably vary from £16,999 to £24,081.

Additional reading How to compare personal injury fees

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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.

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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