A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Newmarket or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can will take on your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a injury claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims must be made within three years of an injury in the majority of cases.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is considered.

For most claims, there are three key components to proving a claim. It must be shown that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Compensation Calculator

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of factors. Our injury calculator gives a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Newmarket

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Newmarket are common with statistics showing a total of 1969 accidents (1664 slight accidents, 277 serious accidents and 28 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Cambridgeshire local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,049.

Our group of specialist no win, no fee lawyers have years of experience in fighting for the highest compensation for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Newmarket.

For more information: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Newmarket

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for injured claimants, from kitchen workers to packaging technologists, to claim compensation from their employer. Injury and illness statistics for the Newmarket local authority are published under regulations by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

Workplace accidents in East Cambridgeshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related698
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)112
Fall from height (scaffolding)221235
Animal related (e.g. livestock)1986
Lifting and carrying411428
Physical attack502
Slip, trip or fall322819
Struck against455
Hit by vehicle031
Hit by falling object25910
Trapped by something collapsing200

For more information: Accident at work claims

Other types of claim

Medical and clinical negligence 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. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened as opposed to financial compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to make a complaint against Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, you can write to Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk.

For more information: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Government statistics emphasise the fact that employee slips and trips are the single most frequent cause of injury at work in Suffolk. These types of accident are typically the cause of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by moving machinery or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place negligence claims injuries such as broken arms occurring on tripping on a street are also quite common with recent pothole trips having happened recently.

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from noise induced hearing loss to asthma caused by flour.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury solicitors in Newmarket

The long-term impact a serious injury has will be acknowledged by the Courts when calculating a claim. By reducing the pressure catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured person and their family, injury compensation allows people to concentrate on their recovery. Quittance's panel of solicitor firms work with the legal system and insurance companies to make sure claimants impacted by serious accidents get the legal and medical support they need.

For more information: Catastrophic injury claims

Newmarket 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 Newmarket and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Newmarket and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Click here to meet more of the 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 injury claims in Newmarket?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that helps people in Newmarket, Suffolk and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have helped hundreds of people across Suffolk get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from cycling accidents to accidents in the office.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


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.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Identifying the most appropriate lawyer for your case is your most important step towards receiving the highest compensation settlement.

What is the best way to make sure you choose the ideal firm to pursue compensation for you?

Newmarket solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be a good place to start if you are weighing up which lawyer to select.

Read more : Personal injury lawyer reviews

The difference in the level of success fees charged by firms working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is a material consideration for claimants.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant awarded ?7,921 for serious hand injuries with full or close to full recovery could vary from ?4,752 to ?6,732.

Further reading Get a personal injury quote

Will I need to select a local solicitor ?

Going for a local solicitors office is not very important as injury cases are normally conducted remotely.

It is however necessary to select a law firm that provides a national network as claimants will need to attend a medical assessment.

More : Do you have a medical centre in or near Newmarket?

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.

Read more
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.

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