A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Leiston or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers will assist with your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

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

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Compensation claims must be made within a 3-year window in the majority of cases.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like repetitive strain injuries are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is considered.

For most claims, there are three elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Making your claim as soon as possible will enable the lawyer to collect useful supporting evidence.

Calculate your compensation

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

Work accident claims in Leiston

Worker injured in accident

We have helped Claimants, from members of the army to land-based engineers, to claim maximum compensation. Injury and illness statistics for the Leiston local authority are detailed in accordance with legislation by the Government in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Suffolk Coastal Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Other282718
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: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Leiston

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of skilled personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in getting the highest compensation for Claimants who have been hurt in a road accident in Leiston.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Leiston are reasonably common with statistics showing a total of 2214 accidents (1923 slight accidents, 266 serious accidents and 25 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Suffolk council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,349.

See: Road accident compensation claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Leiston lawyers for serious injury compensation claims

We understand the change an injury claim can make to the lives of people who have been impacted by serious injury. By relieving the financial pressure serious injury imposes on an injured person, a claim helps them to concentrate on rehabilitation. Quittance's network of solicitor firms have aided families impacted by severe accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are considered to be serious range from chemical burns to brain injuries.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical and medical negligence in Leiston

When someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want a better understanding of events instead of claiming compensation. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, you can write to Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help Claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that range from respiratory diseases to asthma caused by flour.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Recorded statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most common cause of injury at work in Suffolk. Slips and trips are frequently related to injuries filed under a different category for instance being struck by a moving object or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public liability claims for injuries such as fractured ankles occurring on raised kerb stones are also common with recent pavement crack trips having occurred on High St.

Leiston 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 Leiston and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Leiston, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of experience handling injury claims.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

What is Quittance's track record of claims in Leiston?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists claimants in Leiston, Suffolk and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people across Suffolk seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from public place accidents to part-time worker injuries.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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.

Help for injured people seeking a personal injury solicitor

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from many months for minor injuries to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, finding a solicitor to fit your requirements is vital.

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 displaced metatarsal fractures could vary between ?11,110 and ?20,185 (based on 2015 market research).

Are Leiston Claimants restricted to only local law firms?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, 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 should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Read Leiston personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary significantly.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be enlightening when trying to decide which solicitor to select.

Read more Personal injury solicitors reviews

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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