A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you live in Harwich or anywhere else in the UK, our expert personal injury solicitors are able to help with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Compensation claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must demonstrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Answers to your questions and useful guidance can be given on a short, no-obligation phone consultation with an expert Harwich lawyer.

Injury claims calculator

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of points. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Harwich

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from members of the army to horticultural consultants, to get the compensation they deserve. Work injury data for the Suffolk Coastal local authority are published in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

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

See: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Harwich

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of trained road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers are experienced in achieving the highest damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Harwich.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Harwich are relatively commonplace. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 4000 accidents (3428 slight accidents, 538 serious accidents and 34 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Essex local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 4,352.

See: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims

Medical negligence in Harwich

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of a compensation award. For example, you can write to Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

See: Medical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from asbestosis to asthma caused by colophony.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Official data demonstrate that slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Essex workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are sometimes the precursor to injuries classified under another heading e.g. being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Suffolk Coastal local authority) legal claims for injuries like broken wrists suffered on raised flagstones are also common with pavement trips having happened on High St and on High Rd.

Serious injury experts handling compensation in Harwich

The long-term effect a serious or catastrophic injury has will be understood by insurers and the Courts when calculating a claim.

A successful claim should ease the financial load on a claimant and their dependants enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation.

Our network of specialist solicitor firms have helped families collect compensation for a range of major injuries and conditions. Injuries and illnesses categorised as serious and catastrophic range from birth negligence to dioxin poisoning.

See: Serious injury compensation

Harwich No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Harwich and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Harwich and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning claims.

Meet the team - click here.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Harwich?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Harwich, Essex and throughout the UK, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of people throughout Essex get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from public place accidents to accidents in the workplace.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Guidance for injured people seeking a lawyer

In most cases a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion and in the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, however service levels can vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you can trust at every step of the process to provide both practical advice and legal guidance.

The contrast in personal injury success fees and insurance premiums charged by law firms is vast

For example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant awarded ?27,078 for complicated leg fractures could vary from ?16,247 to ?23,016.

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Injury lawyer reviews in Harwich - What to look for

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

Many solicitors operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed 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.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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