A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Great Yarmouth or anywhere in the UK, our experienced lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim?

Updated: September 15, 2016

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, we can help you make a claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Injury claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within a three-year window.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must prove:

  • The Defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The Defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Your solicitor should consider how these issues relates to your case.

Compensation Calculator

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

Road traffic accident claims in Great Yarmouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Great Yarmouth are relatively frequent. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 2391 accidents (1999 slight accidents, 352 serious accidents and 40 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Norfolk local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,578. Incidents in Great Yarmouth in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A1243 and B1141 junction and on the A12 and A1243 roundabout.

Quittance's network of best of breed no win, no fee lawyers have decades of experience in achieving optimum general and special damages for people who have been hurt in a road accident in Great Yarmouth.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Great Yarmouth

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for Claimants, from hotel workers to ergonomists, to claim work accident compensation. Work injury information in the Great Yarmouth local authority collated under RIDDOR by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in Great Yarmouth Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Undefined131610
Electricity related001
Machinery related241
Fire related (e.g. scars)110
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)310
Fall from height91911
Animal related100
Manual handling503234
Physical assault314
Slip, trip, fall same level313532
Struck against656
Struck by moving vehicle121
Struck by object20128
Trapped underneath something100

Read more: Work accident compensation

Other claims

Serious injury

The effect of serious injury is understood by insurers and the Courts when they are working out compensation. The Quittance team work for the maximum compensation for serious injury and illness, which includes claiming for medical treatment and care costs. Quittance's panel of solicitor firms have helped families recover compensation for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries categorised as serious and catastrophic include chemical poisoning and major surgical negligence.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip and trip injuries

Government statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent cause of injury at work in Norfolk. Slips and trips are typically forerunner to injuries attributed to other causes for instance being struck by a moving object or a quarry drowning accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like broken arms suffered on potholes are also quite prevalent with pothole trips having occurred on Salisbury Rd and on King Street.

Clinical negligence in Great Yarmouth

Clinical negligence is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong rather than a compensation award. For example, you can contact Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries ranging from asbestos related illness to asthma caused by latex.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Great Yarmouth No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Great Yarmouth and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Great Yarmouth, from relatively minor claims to serious road injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their level of specialist experience and their track record in recovering compensation.

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

What is Quittance's track record of winning claims in Great Yarmouth?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps people in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Norfolk seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from injuries sustained at work to car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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 don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Identifying the most appropriate personal injury lawyer for your case is a crucial step towards negotiating the best compensation award.

What is the best way to make sure you select the best company to represent you?

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 asbestosis, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?12,210 to ?85,580 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Injury lawyer reviews in Great Yarmouth - What to look for

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to sympathetic. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Will I need a local legal firm ?

Going for a local solicitor is less critical as injury cases are conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to select a law firm that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will have to go to a medical exam.

More : Do you have a medical centre in or near Great Yarmouth?

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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