A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Bury St Edmunds or anywhere else in the UK, Quittance can will help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim.

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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

Claims for personal injury compensation should be made in 3 years of an injury in most cases.

In order to win a Bury St Edmunds personal injury case, your lawyer must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Getting your claim started sooner will allow your solicitor to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Bury St Edmunds

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Bury St Edmunds are quite common. Official statistics reveal 25 fatal accidents, 266 serious accidents and 1923 slight accidents in 2013 in Suffolk (Total events were 2214 council area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,349. Accidents in Bury St Edmunds in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the roundabout of the A143 and A1302 mini-roundabout and on the slip road of the A14 and A1302 other junction.

Quittance's network of proficient personal injury lawyers are experienced in getting maximum general and special damages for people who have been hurt in a car accident in Bury St Edmunds.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Bury St Edmunds

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants injured at work, from hotel workers to automotive engineers, to claim compensation. Work injury statistics for the Bury St Edmunds local authority reported under regulations by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in St Edmundsbury Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury7810
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. exposure to Teflon fumes)521
Fall from height (ladder)16129
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)242
Lifting and handling injuries785766
Physical assault3411
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)716353
Struck against1977
Struck by moving vehicle435
Struck by object291515

For more information: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other claims we handle

Serious injury

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

Slip and trip 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.

Clinical negligence in Bury St Edmunds

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

Bury St Edmunds 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 Bury St Edmunds and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Bury St Edmunds and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

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.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your accident?

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is vital.

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

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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