A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Needham Market or anywhere in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers can handle your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Compensation claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like noise-induced deafness are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what matters in these situations.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Starting your claim as soon as possible will allow your lawyer to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our online injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Needham Market

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from members of the army to magazine features editors, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Injury and illness statistics in the Mid Suffolk local authority reported under legislation by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

Work accidents in Mid Suffolk Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury210
Machinery related injury764
Fire related (e.g. burns)110
Exposure to toxic substance411
Fall from height (ladder)1499
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)612
Lifting and handling injuries412934
Physical assault6117
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)434532
Struck against753
Struck by moving vehicle311
Struck by object1496
Trapped by something collapsing001

See: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Needham Market

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of accredited road traffic accident injury solicitors have decades of experience in securing the highest damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Needham Market.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Needham Market are reasonably common. Government statistics reveal a total of 2214 accidents (1923 slight accidents, 266 serious accidents and 25 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Suffolk council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,349.

See: Road accident compensation claim

Other claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Reported statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most common accident at work in Suffolk. Slips and trips are quite often the initiators of injuries recorded in another category like being hit by a reversing vehicle, when supporting another person or an animal related accident. Public liability claims for injuries like torn ligaments suffered on obstructed walkways are also quite common with pothole trips having occurred on Ipswich St and on High St.

Serious injury solicitors handling cases in Needham Market

Quittance recognise the critical change compensation will make to seriously injured claimants. A claim will ease the financial burden on an injured person so they can prioritise recovery.

Our panel of specialist lawyers have for many years aided claimants affected by serious accidents.

See: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from asbestos related disease to farmers lung.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Needham Market

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

You could make a formal complaint if you just want closure rather than financial damages. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, you can contact Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk.

See: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Needham Market No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Needham Market and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Needham Market, from fast track claims to life-changing clinical negligence. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their level of specialist experience and their winning track record.

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 you have of handling claims in Needham Market?

Quittance is a national panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Needham Market, Suffolk and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Suffolk seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents due to poor road conditions and workplace accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How to pick the best injury lawyer

Finding the most appropriate solicitors' practice for your case is your most important step towards successfully claiming the highest compensation award for your injuries.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Needham Market, what is the best way to make sure you select the most appropriate law firm to advise you?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

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 deafness could vary between ?73,315 and ?88,660 (based on 2015 market research).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Will I need a local Needham Market lawyer ?

The location of a law firm is not especially important as cases are run without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to instruct a firm that has national medical centres as claimants will be expected to attend a medical examination.

Further reading - Do you have a medical centre near me?

Solicitor reviews in Needham Market - What to consider

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the quality of service taken by individual firms.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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