Have you been hurt in an accident that wasn't your fault?
If either you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.
If someone else was responsible for your accident or injuries, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Every year, we help injured people in Lowestoft, Suffolk and across the UK get the compensation they deserve.
How did your injury happen?
The steps required to win a personal injury claim will depend on what caused your injury or illness.
Can I claim?
You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?
Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or whether there was a criminal incident.
Why not speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Instant Claim Checker.
What if I was injured as a child?
Whether you were injured on a playground, at school, or anywhere else, you can start a claim at any point until your 21st birthday.
An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.
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.
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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my 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:
Road accident claims in Lowestoft
Road accidents in Lowestoft are relatively common. Government data reveals there were 1419 road accidents in Suffolk in 2021, including 1122 slight accidents, 277 accidents and 20 fatalities. Accidents in Lowestoft in 2013 included car crashes on the A1117 and A1144 roundabout and on the A1117 and B1375 roundabout.
If you have been unfortunate enough to be injured in one of the 100's of serious road accidents that occur in Lowestoft and across the UK every year, you may be able to claim no win, no fee compensation.
Whether you have been hurt in a collision on the motorway, or have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, our guide to road accident compensation claims sets out what you need to know about how to get started.
Lowestoft work accident claims
Per 100,000 workers, there were 262 non-fatal work accidents and 0.29 fatalities in Suffolk in 2021.
|Work accidents in Suffolk (RIDAGGR)||Reported Injuries|
|Contact with machinery||1%|
|Exposed to explosion||1%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)||4%|
|Fall from height (ladder)||7%|
|Slip, trip, fall same level||28%|
|Hit by vehicle||1%|
|Struck by object||7%|
If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any losses or expenses.
Whether you suffered an injury or illness working as a delivery driver or a temp worker, our work accident claim guide shows you how best to make a successful claim.
Lowestoft clinical negligence claims
When a person is injured due to the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from a clinic or NHS trust covering Lowestoft.
Lowestoft Occupiers liability injury claims
An individual or company that owns or occupies a property has a legal duty of care to the people who visit it.
Whether you were hurt when travelling by train or on land maintained by the local authority, and the owner or occupier of the location was responsible, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place, we can help.
Serious injury claims
Claims for particularly serious injuries might include brain injuries or amputations, but could also include injuries affecting the senses, cancer and other diseases arising from exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals.
If you have suffered a serious injury, we recognise how important a successful injury claim will be towards supporting your recovery.
Our panel of expert catastrophic injury solicitors understand the difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.Read more:
Will I need to go into a solicitor's office?
If you are planning to start a claim, you do not need to go to a solicitor's office.
A friendly advisor will talk to you about what happened on a brief phone call. Your advisor can then confirm if you may have a claim, but there is no obligation to proceed.
Whenever you are ready, you can speak to a solicitor. They will address any questions you have, and will take care of each stage of the claims process until you recieve your compensation.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Lowestoft and cross the UK.
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- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
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Frequently asked questions
Have you helped many claimants in Lowestoft?
Each year, we help hundreds of injured people in Lowestoft, Suffolk and across the country.
Whether you have been injured in a car or motorbike accident or in a supermarket we can introduce you to the right solicitor for your claim.
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.
Lowestoft solicitor reviews
All personal injury solicitors are regulated by the SRA. Although injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary. Online reviews and word of mouth can help you decide which injury lawyer is the right fit for you.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, 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 for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.