Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick due to someone else's actions, you may be able to claim compensation.

How we can help you

We have helped injured people in Brighton, East Sussex and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you suffered an illness or injury:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In practice, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances, if there is an uninsured driver involved or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Online Claim Checker:

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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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

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

Injury compensation calculator

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in Brighton

Brighton road users are entitled to claim injury compensation if they are injured due to someone else's actions.

Whether you were involved riding a cycle on Brighton's roads, or have been hurt in a car accident, our specialist team are here. This guide explains how to make a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Brighton

You may be able to claim work accident compensation if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp working through an agency, our work injury claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place accidents

Recorded data demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most prevalent cause of injury at work in East Sussex. Slips and trips are sometimes related to accidents recorded in a different category such as being hit by a falling object or a harmful substance accident. Public place (Brighton and Hove local authority) claims for injuries such as facial scarring experienced on spillages are also quite common with falls having happened on St. James's St and on Lewes Road.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a person is injured or becomes ill due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. 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 the hospital to explain what happened instead of a compensation award, you can raise a formal complaint. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, for example, you can write to Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex.

Read more: Medical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

We recognise the difference a successful claim makes to the lives of severely injured claimants. We fight hard for compensation for serious injury and illness, including damages for private medical treatment and case costs. Our panel of specialist serious injury solicitors have for many years helped families affected by major accidents.

Read more: Serious injury compensation

Other types of claim

Brighton No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Brighton injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Brighton, East Sussex and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

How we can help

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

How much experience do you have of injury claims in Brighton?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of specialist solicitors that assists people in Brighton, East Sussex and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants in East Sussex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from factory accidents to car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that making an injury claim is as stress-free as possible.

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Reviews for lawyers in Brighton

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from strictly professional to more casual and friendly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service taken by individual firms.

Will I need to select a local Brighton injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitors office is not very important as injury cases now tend to be handled remotely.

It is however necessary to select a law firm that offers national medical coverage as claimants will usually be expected to attend a medical exam.

The diversity in success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by solicitors working on No Win No Fee agreements can have a significant impact on your compensation.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of £8,035 for minor achilles tendon injuries can vary from £4,821 to £6,830.

Read more at Compare personal injury solicitors fees

What are the road accident statistics in Brighton

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Brighton are common. Police reporters reveal that there were 3 fatal accidents, 142 serious accidents and 763 slight accidents in 2013 in Brighton and Hove (Total events were 908 local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 987. Incidents in Brighton in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the B2066 and A23 crossroads and on the A259 and A23 roundabout.

Our network of expert litigators are experienced in achieving the highest compensation for anyone who has sustained an injury in a road accident in Brighton.

Work accident statistics in Brighton

The most recent 2019 injury and illness figures for the Brighton and Hove Local Authority (2013/14) reported in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in Brighton and Hove Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
Unspecified27
Electric shock injury1
Machinery related injury4
Explosion related0
Fire related1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)2
Fall from height39
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)1
Lifting and handling injuries62
Assault24
Slip, trip, fall same level88
Struck against8
Struck by moving vehicle4
Struck by object14
Trapped underneath something1

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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