Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?
If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we can help.
If your injuries were caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation.
We have helped hundreds of people in Newmarket, Suffolk and throughout the UK. We will help you get the compensation you need to fund your recovery
How were you injured?
Starting a personal injury claim is not complicated, but the process will differ depending on how and where you were injured.
For more information, see:
Can I make a claim?
You should be able to make a compensation claim if you suffered an illness or injury:
- in the last three years (limitation) and
- was caused by another party (causation) and
- that party owed you a duty of care (liability).
Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?
Yes. In practice, several other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or where the injury occurred.
It costs nothing to find out if you can claim. Speak to an expert now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker.
Can I start an injury claim on behalf of a child?
An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child, as a 'litigation friend'. Whether you were injured in a shop or park, at school, or in any other situation, you can begin an injury claim at any time until you are 21 years old.
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 Newmarket
Car, HGV, cycle and motorcycle accidents in Newmarket are reasonably common. Government data indicates there were 1419 road accidents in Suffolk in 2021; 1122 slight accidents, 277 accidents and 20 fatalities.
All road users, including cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians, owe a duty of care to all other users. If you have been injured as a result of the actions or negligence of another road user, you may be able to start a no win, no fee claim for compensation.
Whether you sustained an injury as a pedestrian, or were hurt in a collision with another vehicle, our expert guide sets out what you need to do to make a road accident compensation claim.
Work injury claims in Newmarket
According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 750 non-fatal and 1 fatal work-related accidents in Suffolk. 508 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.
|Work accidents in Suffolk (RIDAGGR)||Reported Injuries|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)||1%|
|Fall from height (scaffolding)||26%|
|Animal related (e.g. livestock)||4%|
|Lifting and carrying||21%|
|Slip, trip or fall||14%|
|Hit by vehicle||1%|
|Hit by falling object||7%|
|Trapped by something collapsing||0%|
If you were injured at work and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.
Whether you suffered an injury when working as a landscape gardener or a retail worker, our work accident claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.
Medical negligence claims in Newmarket
When a person is injured as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from a private clinic or NHS trust covering Newmarket, including Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust (Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk).
Occupiers liability accident claims in Newmarket
Owners and operators of privately-owned land or property are known as 'occupiers'. Occupiers have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of anyone on their property.
Whether you were hurt when travelling by train or on a public highway, and a third party was responsible, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a public place, we can help.
Serious injury compensation claims
Serious injury claims, include compensation for life-altering injuries such as head, brain and spinal injuries.
Our panel of expert catastrophic injury solicitors understand the difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.
Compensation will ease the financial burden and reduce stress, so you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. Your solicitor will work with insurance providers and medical professionals, to help you get the support you need.
Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?
There is no need to visit your solicitor's office in person if you are thinking about making a claim.
Before you start your claim, you can speak to a trained injury claims advisor about your options.
Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day 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 Newmarket and cross the UK.
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Have you helped many injury claimants in Newmarket?
We assist 100's of injured claimants in Newmarket and Suffolk every year.
Your solicitor will fight hard to win your case and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured in a car accident, at your place of work or in a public place.
Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?
If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.
Newmarket injury solicitor reviews
All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Despite the strict professional standards that lawyers must meet, the quality of service they deliver can vary.
Online reviews and recommendations from friends and family can make it easier decide which solicitor 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.
Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor
About the author
Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.