Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If your life has been affected by illness or injury, Quittance Legal Services are here to help.

How we can help

Every year, we help hundreds of people in Haverhill, Suffolk and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Do I have a personal injury claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. There are several other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or how close to the claim limitation date you are.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Personal Injury Claim Checker:

Check my claim

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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

Calculate compensation

Road accident claims in Haverhill

If you have been injured on Haverhill's roads due to a careless road user, you may be able to claim injury compensation.

No matter if you sustained an injury in a hit-and-run, or have been hurt in a car accident on Haverhill's roads, this expert guide sets out what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Haverhill

If you have suffered an injury because of your employer's actions, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whatever your job, whether you or nurse injured in a hospital, our guide to work accident claims shows you how to make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Injuries in a public place

Officially reported figures indicate that employee slips and trips continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Suffolk workplace. Slips, trips and falls are typically the cause of injuries attributed to other causes like being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place (St Edmundsbury local authority) accident claims injuries like bruised backs experienced on tripping on a street are also quite common with pavement trips having happened on Greenfield Way.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

When someone is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are only looking for closure instead of a compensation award, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to make a formal complaint against Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, you can contact Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Read more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from allergic contact dermatitis to dioxin poisoning.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Industrial disease claims

Haverhill No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Haverhill injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Haverhill, Suffolk and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Talk to the experts

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

Call me back

  • Tick icon FREE consultation
  • Tick icon Find out if you can claim
  • Tick icon No obligation to start a claim

Frequently asked questions

Have the solicitors won many injury claims in Haverhill?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of SRA regulated solicitors that helps injured people in Haverhill, Suffolk and across the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Suffolk get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including motorbike accidents and accidents at work.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

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.

Will you need to select a local Haverhill lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitor is not especially relevant as injury cases are managed by phone and email.

You will need to go with a solicitors' firm that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will almost always have to go to a medical exam.

Read more - Do I have to attend a medical?

Haverhill solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by injury lawyers can vary to a large extent.

Researching online reviews can certainly be revealing when considering which solicitor to choose.

Find out more Quittance reviews

The variation in the amount of personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by firms is quite surprising.

As an example the amount retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of £7,911 for serious hand injuries with full or close to full recovery can range from £4,746 to £6,724.

See Get a quote

What are the road accident statistics in Haverhill

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Haverhill are relatively frequent with statistics showing 25 fatal accidents, 266 serious accidents and 1923 slight accidents in 2013 in Suffolk (Total events were 2214 local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,349.

Our network of specialist road traffic accident legal advisors have decades of experience in securing the best compensation for people who have been injured in a car or motorbike accident in Haverhill.

Work accident statistics in Haverhill

The most recent 2019 accident at work statistics in the St Edmundsbury Local Authority (2013/14) collated under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in St Edmundsbury Local AuthorityReported Injuries
Other28
Machinery related injury10
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. exposure to teflon fumes)1
Fall from height (ladder)9
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)2
Lifting and handling injuries66
Physical assault11
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)53
Struck against7
Struck by moving vehicle5
Struck by object15

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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.

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert