A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Suffolk or anywhere else in the UK, our solicitors can manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

Updated: September 19, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

Find out if you have a claimUse our online claim checker

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for personal injury compensation must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Suffolk or work-related illness, making a successful claim has three key elements. It must be demonstrated that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

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Calculate my compensation

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Work accident claims in Suffolk

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted Claimants, from catering assistants to secondary school teachers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Injury and illness statistics in the Mid Suffolk local authority are detailed under RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Mid Suffolk Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
General121817
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

Read more: Injured at work compensation claim

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Road traffic accident claims in Suffolk

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of accredited solicitors are experienced in achieving the best settlements for people injured in a car accident in Suffolk.

Read more: Road accident claims

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Other claims we handle

Clinical negligence in Suffolk

Medical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of a compensation award. For example, you can contact Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, to make a complaint against Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

The lasting impact serious and catastrophic injury can have will be recognised by Courts when calculating how much compensation to pay.

Our network of expert lawyers work to achieve maximum compensation for major injuries, including compensation for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Quittance's network of expert law firms correspond with insurance companies, medical practitioners and the other side's legal representatives to ensure families impacted by major accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries and illnesses which are considered to be catastrophic or serious include dioxin poisoning, major surgical negligence and spinal cord damage.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

HSE statistics indicate that employee slips and trips are still the most common cause of injury at work in East of England. Slips and trips are often related to injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by hand tools in use or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place (Mid Suffolk local authority) accident claims injuries such as torn ligaments suffered on spillages are also quite common with incidents having occurred recently.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from bladder cancer to toluene exposure.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

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Suffolk No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Suffolk and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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

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Meet our team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Suffolk, from relatively minor claims to serious road injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their winning track record and their knowledge and expertise.

Meet more of the QLS 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 injury claims in Suffolk?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated solicitors that assists claimants in Suffolk and across the country, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of people in Suffolk get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including scaffolding accidents and whiplash.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.

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FAQs

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Help for potential Claimants seeking a personal injury solicitor

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Your lawyer should be someone you can trust at every step of the process to provide practical advice and legal guidance.

Suffolk solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by injury lawyers can differ.

Researching reviews can certainly help build a picture if you are thinking about which solicitor best serves your needs.

Find out more - Solicitor reviews

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 severe shoulder injuries, for example, ranges from ?15,510 to ?38,830 (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?".

Will I need to go with a local Suffolk injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby law firm is not important as cases are, as a matter of course, conducted by phone, post and email.

However, you should select a law firm that offers medical facilities near you as Claimants will almost always need to go to a medical examination.

See : 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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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