A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you are based in Bexhill or anywhere in the country, our solicitors will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

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.

This calculation will factor in general damages and special damages.

General damages

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

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as asbestosis may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is considered.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Find out how much you can claim

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Bexhill

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Bexhill are not uncommon. Official statistics show a total of 1792 accidents (1453 slight accidents, 322 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Sussex local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,969. Incidents in Bexhill in 2013 included collisions on the dual carriageway of the A259 and A269 junction and on the A259 and A2036 roundabout.

Quittance's group of expert legal advisors have years of experience in getting the best damages for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Bexhill.

Read more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Bexhill

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from carpenters to biomedical engineers, to claim injury compensation. Accident figures in the Rother local authority made available under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Rother Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related243
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)002
Fall from height948
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)401
Lifting and handling injuries242014
Physical attack842
Slip, trip, fall same level212426
Struck against320
Hit by vehicle101
Struck by object794
Trapped by something collapsing110

Read more: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Bexhill

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a person is injured due to a GP or other health worker's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You could make a formal complaint if you only want answers instead of claiming compensation. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex.

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Bexhill specialists for serious injury claims

The lasting impact serious injury has will be acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when working out what a claim is worth. By relieving the stress a serious or catastrophic injury puts on an injured claimant and their dependants, a claim enables people to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of specialist solicitor firms have helped claimants impacted by serious accidents. Injuries and illnesses which are considered to be serious include serious psychiatric harm, chronic pain and degloving injuries.

Read more: Serious injury compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Safety statistics highlight the fact that slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common cause of injury at work in East Sussex and the UK as a whole. Slips, trips and falls are quite often lead to accidents classified under another heading for instance being struck by a moving object, when supporting another person or an electrical discharge accident. Public place (Rother local authority) negligence claims injuries like broken arms sustained on raised kerb stones are also quite prevalent with recent slips having happened on Windmill Drive and on Devonshire Square.

Bexhill 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 Bexhill and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Bexhill, from fast track cases to long term industrial disease. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their years of specialist experience.

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 claims in Bexhill?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Bexhill, East Sussex and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

Last year, we helped hundreds of people across East Sussex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to injuries sustained at work.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean making a claim is as easy and stress-free 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 don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Choosing the most suitable solicitors' practice to act for you is the most important step towards claiming the most compensation for your injuries.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Bexhill - what is the best way to make certain you instruct the best legal practice to act for you?

Will you need to choose a local Bexhill legal firm ?

The location of a firm is not important as cases can be conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should instruct a law firm with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will have to attend a medical exam.

Injury lawyer reviews in Bexhill - Tips for comparing firms

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

The disparity in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is huge.

For instance the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of ?8,996 for a moderate thumb injury can range from ?5,397 to ?7,646.

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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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