A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Fakenham or anywhere in the country, Quittance can will assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, Quittance's panel of 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims for compensation should, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

In most cases, proving an injury claim will involve three issues. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities 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.

Compensation Calculator

The personal injury compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Fakenham

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants injured at work, from scaffolding erectors to European commission administrators, to claim compensation from their employer. Accident at work data in the North Norfolk local authority collated in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

HSE reported work accidents in North Norfolk Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Machinery related injury1169
Exposed to explosion001
Fire related (e.g. burns)110
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)110
Fall from height71310
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)101
Lifting and handling injuries391922
Physical assault413
Slip or trip563225
Struck against233
Struck by moving vehicle321
Hit by falling object161012
Trapped by something collapsing201

See: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Fakenham

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Fakenham are relatively commonplace. Government statistics reveal a total of 2391 accidents (1999 slight accidents, 352 serious accidents and 40 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Norfolk council area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,578.

Our panel of knowledgeable no win, no fee legal advisors have decades of experience in securing the highest compensation for anyone who has sustained an injury in a road accident in Fakenham.

See: Road traffic accident claim

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Fakenham

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a person is injured as the result of a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you just want a better understanding of events instead of injury compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. To make a complaint against James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data stress the fact that slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Norfolk workplace. Slips and trips are often connected to injuries attributed to other reasons like being hit by machinery or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like broken wrists happening on potholes are also quite prevalent with incidents having happened on Guist Bottom Road and on Barney Road.

Serious injury lawyers in Fakenham

Quittance recognise the vital difference injury compensation can make to people who have been affected by serious injury. We fight to get maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, which includes reimbursement for medical expenses and care costs. Quittance's panel of specialist solicitors have aided families collect damages for many chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries categorised as serious include eye injuries, birth negligence and lead poisoning.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help claimants with getting compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from dermatitis claims to chromium related illnesses.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Fakenham 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 Fakenham and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Fakenham and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their years of specialist experience and their success rate in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

Have you handled many Fakenham claims?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping injured people in Fakenham, Norfolk and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of injured claimants throughout Norfolk get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from whiplash to industrial disease.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.


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.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to handle your claim

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from many months for less serious injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues of interest to claimants, such as communication or speed.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Look into Fakenham solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews is a great place to start if you are mulling over which solicitor to work with.

See - Quittance reviews

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for moderate complex regional pain syndrome, for example, ranges from ?22,660 to ?42,460 (based on 2015 market data).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Will I need to choose a local lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitor is not very critical as cases now tend to be run without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will almost always need to go to a medical exam.

More on - Do you have a local medical centre?

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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