A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Downham Market or anywhere in the country, our personal injury lawyers are able to assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

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

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

For most claims, proving an injury claim has three key elements. It must be proven that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

In all cases, a short, free call with a Downham Market personal injury solicitor will give information and useful advice.

Find out how much you can claim

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a number of points. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Downham Market

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from building site contractors to conference organisers, to secure financial compensation settlements.

Find out more: Injured at work claims

Road traffic accident claims in Downham Market

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of qualified no win, no fee legal advisors are experienced in achieving optimum damages for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Downham Market.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Downham Market are common with 40 fatal accidents, 352 serious accidents and 1999 slight accidents in 2013 in Norfolk (Total events were 2391 local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 2,578.

Find out more: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims we handle

Clinical and medical negligence in Downham Market

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a person is injured as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for a better understanding of events rather than injury compensation. You can contact Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, for example, to make a complaint against James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation

Slips, trips and falls

Government figures expose the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are still the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Norfolk and the UK as a whole. They are sometimes the forerunner to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by material under pressure, a fall from a ladder or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (King's Lynn and West Norfolk local authority) accident claims injuries such as cheekbone fractures suffered on pavement cracks are also common with pavement crack trips having occurred on Wales Court and on Downham Rd.

Serious injury

The lasting effect of serious injury will be acknowledged by the Courts when working out what a claim is worth. By relieving the stress a major injury puts on an injured claimant and their dependants, injury compensation helps claimants to focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist law firms work with the other side's legal representatives and insurers to make sure families impacted by severe accidents get legal and medical support.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Lawyers can assist with getting compensation for industrial illness that range from mesothelioma to asthma caused by flour.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Downham Market No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Downham Market and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Downham Market and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen for their track record in winning cases, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

What experience does Quittance have of handling claims in Downham Market?

Quittance is a national network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Downham Market, Norfolk and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across Norfolk get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents at work to car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, enables you to focus on your recovery.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Help for those looking for a lawyer

Finding the best solicitor for your legal matter is an important step towards obtaining the best compensation settlement for your injuries.

With some over 75 offices within 25 miles of Downham Market - what is the best way to make sure you choose the best solicitors' practice for your needs?

Check Downham Market personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by solicitors, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be informative when trying to decide which lawyer to act for you.

Read more Quittance reviews

Do you need to select a local lawyer ?

The location of the solicitor is not very relevant as injury cases are usually run remotely.

You will need to instruct a solicitors practice that has medical facilities near you as you will need to go to a medical exam.

The variation in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums between different law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is significant.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant awarded ?4,357 for a severe thumb dislocation can range from ?2,614 to ?3,703.

Read more at 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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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