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

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, we can help you claim compensation.

How can we help

Every year, we help hundreds of people in Downham Market, Norfolk and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

The basic criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or whether there is an untraceable defendant.

We can give you a definitive answer over the phone. Speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Injury 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 Downham Market

Downham Market cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians may be able to make a claim for compensation if they are hurt because of someone else's actions.

Whether you have been hurt in a car collision on Downham Market's roads, or have suffered an injury in a hit-and-run, the Quittance road accident compensation guide explains everything you need to know about how to get started.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Downham Market

If you have sustained an injury because of your employer's actions or negligence, you have the right to make a claim.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp working through an agency, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Public place injuries

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.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

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

Other types of claim

Downham Market 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, Downham Market 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 Downham Market, Norfolk 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

Speak to an expert

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.

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FAQs

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.

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

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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.

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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