A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you are based in Bognor Regis or anywhere else in the UK, our expert lawyers will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

Updated: September 15, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

Key criteria

Compensation claims should usually be made within a 3-year window.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis, is what starts the three-year time limit in such circumstances.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that the Defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Beginning your claim sooner will enable the lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

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How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Road traffic accident claims in Bognor Regis

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Bognor Regis are relatively frequent. Gov.uk statistics show 30 fatal accidents, 408 serious accidents and 2116 slight accidents in 2013 in West Sussex (Total events were 2554 council area. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,748.

Quittance's network of expert road traffic accident legal advisors are experienced in obtaining the highest compensation for Claimants injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Bognor Regis.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Bognor Regis

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from plasterers to broadcasting presenters, to claim maximum compensation. Accident information for the Arun local authority are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Arun Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known131317
Electric shock injury020
Machinery related785
Exposed to fire100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. lead poisoning)013
Fall from height61213
Injured by an animal343
Manual handling441926
Physical assault537
Slip, trip, fall same level432837
Struck against542
Struck by moving vehicle221
Hit by object789
Trapped by something collapsing010

Read more: No win, no fee work accident claim

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Other claims

Slips, trips and falls

Government data reveal that employee slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent accident in the West Sussex workplace in 2014/15. Slips and trips are sometimes connected to accidents classified under another heading e.g. being hit by moving machinery or a toxic substance accident. Public place negligence claims injuries such as broken ankles sustained on obstructed walkways are also common with pavement crack trips having occurred on Durlston Drive and on Aldwick Rd.

Medical and clinical negligence in Bognor Regis

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you are only looking for closure or answers instead of injury compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. You can contact Holtye Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Serious injury

We recognise the vital difference a compensation claim will make to people whose lives have been affected by serious injury. A claim will ease the financial load on a Claimant and their dependants so they can focus on rehabilitation.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

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Bognor Regis 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 Bognor Regis 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

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Bognor Regis, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their specialist knowledge and their success rate in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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Have Quittance solicitors handled many Bognor Regis claims?

We are a UK-wide network of specialist solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Bognor Regis, West Sussex and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Last year, we helped hundreds of claimants throughout West Sussex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from pedestrian accidents to accidents in the workplace.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and stress-free as possible.

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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your accident

Identifying the most appropriate PI lawyer for your legal matter is your most important step towards negotiating the best compensation award for your accident.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Bognor Regis (according the SRA), how do you make sure you choose the best one to handle your case?

Check Bognor Regis solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by injury lawyers can differ.

Reading reviews can be informative if you are thinking about which solicitor to act for you.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

Do you need to select a local solicitor ?

Choosing a nearby solicitor is not particularly important as cases are usually run by phone and email.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors' firm that provides national medical centres as Claimants will need to attend an independent medical examination.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. 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 thumb injury, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?7,810 to ?10,175 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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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