A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Dereham or anywhere else in the UK, our solicitors can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims for personal injury compensation must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must demonstrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Your lawyer can take you through each of these issues and will look at how they apply in your case.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Dereham

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of accredited no win no fee solicitors are experienced in negotiating optimum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Dereham.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Dereham are not uncommon. Government statistics reveal a total of 2391 accidents (1999 slight accidents, 352 serious accidents and 40 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Norfolk local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,578.

See: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Dereham

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from bricklayers to corporate bankers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Accident at work statistics in the Dereham local authority made available under RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Breckland Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported423728
Electricity related110
Machinery related29912
Fire related (e.g. burns)002
Exposure to harmful substance403
Fall from height (ladder)211517
Injured by an animal649
Physical assault14129
Slip, trip, fall same level593933
Struck against1077
Struck by moving vehicle632
Struck by object242915
Trapped by something collapsing011

See: Work accident compensation

Other types of claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Dereham

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you only want the hospital to explain what happened instead of starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to make a complaint against James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

See: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Recorded statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most prevalent accident in the Norfolk workplace. Slips and trips are quite often the forerunner to accidents categorised as another type of accident for instance being hit by an object falling from a ladder or a lake drowning accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like broken toes sustained on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with pothole trips having happened on Shipdham Rd and on Quebec Street.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for industrial illness that include anything from NIHL to latex allergy.

See: Industrial disease claims

Dereham serious injury claims

Quittance recognise the difference a successful claim will make to the lives of severely injured claimants.

Quittance's team work to achieve the maximum compensation for major injuries. This includes compensation for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Quittance's network of expert lawyers for many years have aided claimants impacted by serious accidents and injuries.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Dereham No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Dereham and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Dereham and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their level of experience and their success rate in winning claims.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Dereham?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of expert solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Dereham, Norfolk and throughout the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people in Norfolk get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including slips and trips at work and car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

What to consider when selecting the best injury lawyer

Usually a compensation claim can take months to agree a settlement. In cases of serious injury, some claims can take over a year. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a personal injury solicitor near you.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The disparity in the level of success fees between different solicitors working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is significant.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?67,656 for lung cancer could conceivably vary from ?40,594 to ?57,508.

Further reading Compare solicitors quotes

Dereham solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, vary considerably.

Reviews can be enlightening when weighing up which lawyer to instruct.

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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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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