A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Felixstowe or anywhere in the UK, we can will manage your claim and we will set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, Quittance 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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Eligibility to claim

A claim must usually be made within three years of the date of the injury.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must prove 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.

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The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator gives an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Work accident claims in Felixstowe

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from members of the Royal Navy to employment advice workers, to seek financial compensation. Injury and illness statistics for the Suffolk Coastal local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Work accidents in Suffolk Coastal Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury666
Fire related001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)520
Fall from height341020
Injured by an animal332
Lifting and handling injuries813539
Physical assault526
Slip or trip724355
Struck against261520
Hit by vehicle345
Hit by falling object212419
Trapped under falling object001

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Road traffic accident claims in Felixstowe

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Felixstowe are relatively commonplace. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 2214 accidents (1923 slight accidents, 266 serious accidents and 25 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Suffolk local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,349. Incidents in Felixstowe in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A14 and A154 roundabout and on the A154 and A1021 roundabout.

Our panel of accredited no win, no fee injury solicitors have decades of experience in achieving the highest settlements for anyone injured in a car accident in Felixstowe.

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Other claims we handle

Felixstowe experts for serious injury compensation

Quittance's team understand the change a successful claim makes to the lives of severely injured claimants. We fight to get maximum compensation for severe injuries. This includes reimbursement for the cost of ongoing treatment and care. Quittance's panel of specialist lawyers have helped people impacted by severe accidents.

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Medical and clinical negligence in Felixstowe

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of injury compensation. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, you can write to Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from asbestos related disease to emphysema.

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Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially recorded data underscore the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Suffolk and the UK as a whole. Slips, trips and falls are typically the initiators of accidents recorded in another category like being hit by another person or a river drowning accident. Public place (Suffolk Coastal local authority) claims for injuries such as sprained arms happening on potholes are also quite common with slips and trips having occurred on High St and on High Rd.

Felixstowe 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 Felixstowe and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Felixstowe and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation and their level of specialist experience.

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 Felixstowe?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Felixstowe, Suffolk and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In 2017, we have assisted 100's of claimants in Suffolk seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to injuries sustained at work.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

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

Instructing the most appropriate legal representation to help you is a critical step towards achieving the highest settlement or award.

What is the best way to make certain you instruct the best company to pursue compensation for you?

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

You do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Read Felixstowe solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can differ.

Online reviews can be enlightening when trying to decide which solicitor to choose.

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Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For emphysema, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?44,275 to ?56,650 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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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