A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Ipswich or anywhere in the country, our expert personal injury solicitors can handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

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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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Key criteria

Compensation claims should, in most cases, be made within a three-year window.

For most claims, a successful compensation claim has three key components. It needs to be demonstrated that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Starting your claim as soon as possible should allow the solicitor to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

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The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our online compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Work accident claims in Ipswich

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people hurt in an accident, from forklift drivers to investment bankers, to claim maximum compensation. Work injury statistics in the Ipswich local authority are published in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Ipswich Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported371640
Electric shock injury100
Machinery related853
Explosion related100
Exposed to fire110
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chemical and bacterial poisoning)1220
Fall from height1379
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)200
Lifting and handling injuries754741
Physical attack151111
Slip, trip or fall555330
Struck against364
Struck by moving vehicle527
Struck by object161713
Trapped by something collapsing100

See: Injured at work claims

Road traffic accident claims in Ipswich

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of certified personal injury lawyers are experienced in getting the best awards for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle crash in Ipswich.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Ipswich are quite common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 25 fatal accidents, 266 serious accidents and 1923 slight accidents in 2013 in Suffolk (Total events were 2214 council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,349. Incidents in the Ipswich area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A1022 and A1156 junction and on the single carriageway of the A1214 and A1071 crossroads.

See: Road accident compensation

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Ipswich

Clinical negligence is the term for when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for closure rather than financial compensation. For example, you can write to Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, to make a formal complaint against Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported statistics demonstrate that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of injury in the Suffolk workplace in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are typically related to injuries attributed to other causes for instance being hit by tools in use or a fire related accident. Public place litigation for injuries such as fractured vertebrae occurring on obstructed pathways are also quite common with recent kerb stone trips having occurred on Tavern Street and on Carr St.

Ipswich solicitors for serious injury claims

The long-term impact serious and catastrophic injury can have will be acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when determining compensation.

A claim should ease the financial burden on an injured person and their family enabling them to prioritise recovery.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries including anything from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to acute silicosis.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Ipswich 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 Ipswich and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Ipswich, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of 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 your solicitors have of claims in Ipswich?

We are a national network of expert personal injury solicitors that assists people in Ipswich, Suffolk and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Suffolk get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from scaffolding accidents to whiplash.

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

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Choosing the best solicitor for your claim

Usually a claim can take months to agree a settlement and for cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the quality of service does vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you can rely on throughout the claims process to provide both practical advice and expert legal guidance.

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 loss of taste, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?15,510 to ?20,185 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Look into Ipswich solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can differ considerably.

Reviews can certainly help build a picture when considering which lawyer to work with.

Read Personal injury lawyer reviews

Do I need to go with a local Ipswich legal firm ?

The location of a law firm is less relevant as cases are usually managed by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to select a firm with national medical coverage as you will be expected to go to a medical exam.

Read about : What is the process for attending a 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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