A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Lowestoft or anywhere in the country, our experienced lawyers can take on your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, Quittance can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Personal injury claims should be made within three years in most cases.

In order to win a Lowestoft personal injury case, your lawyer must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

In all cases, a brief, no-obligation call with an expert Lowestoft solicitor can provide answers and advice.

What is my claim worth?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Lowestoft

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from scaffolding erectors to materials specialists, to get the compensation they deserve. Work accident statistics for the Waveney local authority reported under reporting legislation by the Government in the following table:

Work accidents in Waveney Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related110
Contact with machinery1671
Exposed to explosion001
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)426
Fall from height (ladder)111010
Animal related111
Manual handling623045
Physical attack882
Slip, trip, fall same level584942
Struck against686
Hit by vehicle242
Struck by object30910

See: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Lowestoft

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of accredited no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have years of experience in obtaining the best compensation for people hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Lowestoft.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Lowestoft are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show 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. Accidents in Lowestoft in 2013 included car crashes on the A1117 and A1144 roundabout and on the A1117 and B1375 roundabout.

See: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims we handle

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are still the most prevalent cause of injury in the Suffolk workplace. Slips and trips are sometimes the precursor to accidents filed under a different category such as being hit by an object falling from a ladder or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Waveney local authority) accident claims injuries like bruised legs experienced on pavement ice are also quite common with recent pavement crack trips having occurred on Pakefield St and on Carlton Rd.

Lowestoft solicitors for serious injury compensation

The lasting impact of a serious or catastrophic injury is acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when calculating compensation.

The Quittance team fight hard for the maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions, which includes compensation for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy.

See: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness ranging from occupational asthma to asthma caused by enzymes.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Lowestoft

When a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want closure or answers rather than starting an injury claim. For example, you can write to Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, to raise a complaint against Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

See: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Lowestoft 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 Lowestoft and across the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Lowestoft and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen for their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in Lowestoft?

Quittance is a nationwide network of SRA regulated solicitors that assists people injured in Lowestoft, Suffolk and across the country, obtain compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Suffolk get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from ladder accidents to motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process 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.

Advice for injured people looking for a personal injury solicitor

In many cases a claim will take some months to reach a conclusion and in cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Do you have to choose a lawyer in Lowestoft?

Many solicitors operate throughout England and Wales, 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 does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for moderate shoulder injuries, for example, ranges from ?6,380 to ?10,340 (based on 2015 market data).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Lowestoft solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by lawyers, as with any professional service, vary considerably.

Reading reviews can be instructive when contemplating which solicitor to pick.

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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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