A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Harleston or anywhere else in the UK, we can will handle your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Key criteria

Claims should usually be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

Whether claiming for a road accident in Harleston, there are three key components to proving a claim. 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.

The solicitor will discuss each of these issues and should look at how they apply in your case.

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

Work accident claims in Harleston

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted injured Claimants, from soldiers to health promotion specialists, to secure financial compensation awards. Injury and illness statistics for the South Norfolk local authority collated in accordance with RIDDOR by the Government and set out below:

Workplace accidents in South Norfolk Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Unspecified192317
Electric shock003
Contact with machinery726
Explosion related (e.g. gas)001
Exposed to fire111
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)121
Fall from height (scaffolding)131311
Animal related1077
Manual handling664241
Assault1067
Slip, trip or fall315136
Struck against337
Struck by moving vehicle224
Hit by object181013
Trapped underneath something200

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Road traffic accident claims in Harleston

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Harleston are relatively frequent. Official statistics reveal a total of 2391 accidents (1999 slight accidents, 352 serious accidents and 40 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Norfolk local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,578.

Quittance's panel of expert personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving the best damages for people hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Harleston.

Find out more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims we handle

Serious injury

The effect serious and catastrophic injury has will be recognised by the Courts when working out a claim.

Quittance fight hard for compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness, including damages for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy.

Our panel of specialist serious injury solicitors have aided families claim compensation for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injury and illness categorised as serious and catastrophic range from serious psychiatric harm to dioxin poisoning.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Official figures reveal that slips and trips are the single most frequent accident at work in Norfolk and the UK as a whole. They are typically the initiators of injuries categorised as something else for instance being hit by moving machinery or a toxic substance accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like broken ankles happening on raised flagstones are also quite common with pavement crack trips having happened on the Thoroughfare.

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with getting compensation for industrial illness ranging from bladder cancer to asthma caused by flour.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Medical negligence in Harleston

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when someone sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you only want a better understanding of events instead of a compensation award, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to make a complaint against James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

Harleston 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 Harleston and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Harleston and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases, our lawyers have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Harleston?

We are a national network of specialist personal injury lawyers that assists claimants in Harleston, Norfolk and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants in Norfolk seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from whiplash to industrial disease.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

It can take several months for most claims to reach a conclusion. Claims where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Read Harleston solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by solicitors vary considerably.

Reviews can help build a picture if you are trying to decide which solicitor to choose.

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Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

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.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for mild asthma could vary between ?8,580 and ?15,510 (based on 2015 market research).

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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