A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Norfolk or anywhere in the UK, we can are able to assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for personal injury compensation must usually be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like noise-induced deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is considered.

Whether claiming for a work-related illness or road accident, proving a claim has three key components. It needs to be shown that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness
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How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of points. Our calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Norfolk

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of certified road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury solicitors have years of experience in obtaining optimum general and special damages for claimants who have been injured in a car or motorbike crash in Norfolk.

Accidents involving vehicles in Norfolk are common. Gov.uk statistics show 40 fatal accidents, 352 serious accidents and 1999 slight accidents in 2013 in Norfolk (Total events were 2391 council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 2,578.

Read more: Road traffic accident claims

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Work accident claims in Norfolk

Worker injured in accident

We have helped injured claimants, from metal workers to oceanographers, to claim for their work related injuries. Work injury information in the Breckland local authority are listed under RIDDOR legislation by the Government as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Breckland Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported423728
Electricity related110
Machinery related29912
Fire related (e.g. burns)002
Exposure to harmful substance403
Fall from height (ladder)211517
Injured by an animal649
Physical assault14129
Slip, trip, fall same level593933
Struck against1077
Struck by moving vehicle632
Struck by object242915
Trapped by something collapsing011

Read more: Accident at work compensation claims

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip and trip injuries

Government data reveal that employee slips and trips are by some margin the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in East of England in 2015. Slips and trips are typically the cause of injuries recorded in another category e.g. being hit by machinery or an electrocution accident. Public place (Breckland local authority) cases for injuries such as broken arms sustained on spillages are also quite common with recent incidents having happened on Shipdham Rd and on Quebec Street.

Medical negligence in Norfolk

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone is injured due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You can raise a formal complaint if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation. For example, to make a formal complaint against James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can contact Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial injuries that range from asbestos related illness to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Norfolk specialists for serious injury compensation claims

Quittance's team recognise the vital change a successful claim makes to seriously injured claimants.

By relieving the financial stress a serious injury puts on a claimant and their dependants, a compensation claim allows people to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of specialist lawyers for many years have helped claimants impacted by serious accidents. Injuries which are considered by the Courts to be serious include concussion and lead poisoning.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

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Norfolk No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Norfolk and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet our team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Norfolk, from fast track claims to serious road injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Meet more of the Quittance team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Norfolk?

Quittance is a national panel of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Norfolk and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants in Norfolk seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the office and car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on your recovery.

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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 don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, but the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

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.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For a moderate pain disorder, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?17,050 to ?31,130 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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?".

Read Norfolk personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can differ.

Researching reviews can be enlightening when trying to decide which lawyer to sign up with.

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Do you need to select a local Norfolk legal firm ?

Going for a local firm is not so relevant as injury cases are normally managed by phone, post and email.

However, you should instruct a company with national medical centres as you will be expected to attend a medical assessment.

Read more : Can I attend a medical centre near me?

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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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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