A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you live in Hethersett or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can handle your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can help you make an injury 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

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

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like repetitive strain injuries are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

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The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Hethersett

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Hethersett are relatively common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 2391 accidents (1999 slight accidents, 352 serious accidents and 40 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Norfolk local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,578.

Our panel of qualified personal injury solicitors are experienced in negotiating the highest damages for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Hethersett.

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

Work accident claims in Hethersett

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from plasterers to hotel managers, to get the compensation they deserve. Work injury statistics in the South Norfolk local authority are published under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Workplace accidents in South Norfolk Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
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
Slip, trip or fall315136
Struck against337
Struck by moving vehicle224
Hit by object181013
Trapped underneath something200

Find out more: Work accident compensation claim

Other types of claim

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help with getting compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from industrial deafness to asthma caused by flour.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury

Courts understand that serious injuries have a life-altering impact on an injured person and their family. By limiting the stress a serious or catastrophic injury puts on an injured person, compensation allows claimants to prioritise recovery. Our panel of specialist law firms correspond with insurers, medical providers and Courts, helping to ensure people impacted by serious accidents receive the support they need.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips and trips

Recorded statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most common accident at work in Norfolk. These types of accident are frequently the precursor to injuries categorised as something else e.g. being hit by a reversing vehicle, a carrying injury or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (South Norfolk local authority) negligence claims injuries such as fractured vertebrae suffered on pavement ice are also common with recent pavement trips having occurred on Marlingford Rd and on Great Melton Road.

Clinical negligence in Hethersett

Medical negligence describes when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want a formal account of what went wrong instead of claiming compensation. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Hethersett 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 Hethersett and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Hethersett, from more minor injury cases to long term illness. Selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

What experience do you have of injury claims in Hethersett?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Hethersett, Norfolk and throughout the country, obtain compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have helped 100's of injured claimants across Norfolk get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from public place accidents to scaffolding accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) 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

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

How to choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

You will be liaising with your lawyer for a long period of time, from months for minor and moderate injury to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Your lawyer should be someone you are able to rely on throughout the claims process to provide both practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Do you need to select a local legal firm ?

Going for a local firm is not critical as injury cases are typically handled by phone and email.

You will need to go with a firm that has national medical centres as you will almost always need to attend a medical assessment.

Read about - Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

The disparity in success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between solicitors is an important consideration for claimants.

For example the amount retained by a successful claimant awarded ?56,367 for very serious leg injuries leaving permanent problems can vary from ?33,820 to ?47,912.

Read more at Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Read Hethersett personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by solicitors vary enormously.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be informative if you are deciding which solicitor best serves your needs.

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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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