A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Norwich or anywhere in the country, our experienced personal injury lawyers can take on your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, we can help you make a claim for compensation.

Eligibility to claim

Claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is important.

For the majority of injury claims, proving an injury claim involves three components. It must be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Calculate my compensation

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

Work accident claims in Norwich

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for Claimants, from catering assistants to nurses, to seek financial compensation. Work accident statistics in the Norwich local authority are listed in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Norwich Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified382927
Electrocution020
Machinery related injury484
Exposed to fire011
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)412
Fall from height17178
Animal related321
Manual handling804738
Physical attack2587
Slip or trip635841
Struck against1158
Hit by vehicle403
Struck by object272210
Trapped underneath something200

Read more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Norwich

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Norwich are relatively common. Government statistics reveal a total of 2391 accidents (1999 slight accidents, 352 serious accidents and 40 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Norfolk local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,578. Accidents in Norwich in 2013 included car crashes on the A11 and A140 roundabout and on the A11 and A147 roundabout.

Our panel of best of breed personal injury lawyers have years of experience in achieving optimum settlements for people injured in a road accident in Norwich.

Read more: Road traffic accident claim

Other types of claim

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive statistics show that slips and trips are by some margin the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Norfolk. They are typically the precursor to injuries attributed to other reasons like being hit by an object falling from a machine or a drowning accident. Public liability accident claims injuries, such as sprained ankles experienced on obstructed footpaths are also common with trips having occurred on Queens Rd and on Dereham Rd.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses that range from asbestosis to welders lung.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Norwich

When a patient is injured as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are only looking for closure or answers instead of starting an injury claim, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich, Norfolk.

Read more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Norwich lawyers for serious injury claims

The Quittance team recognise the change an injury claim makes to severely injured Claimants.

Our network of lawyers work to get compensation for major injuries. This includes compensation for medical treatment and care costs. Our network of law firms have aided people recover damages for numerous major injuries and conditions. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious range from chemical poisoning to serious pharmaceutical error.

Read more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Norwich 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 Norwich and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Norwich, from short-term injury cases to serious road injury claims. Chosen for their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

Has Quittance won many injury claims in Norwich?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that assists people in Norwich, Norfolk and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we helped hundreds of people throughout Norfolk seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including building site accidents and car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and expert advice, make the claims process as clear and straightforward 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.

Finding the best lawyer

Choosing the best legal representation for your case is a critical step towards getting the highest compensation award for your injuries.

With approximately 100 offices within a 25 radius of Norwich (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority website) - how do you make sure you instruct the best firm to advise you?

Reviews for lawyers in Norwich

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

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 a serious back injury, for example, ranges from ?59,950 to ?71,500 (based on 2015 market data).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Norwich?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a personal injury solicitor near you.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

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

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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