A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you are based in Brighton or anywhere in the country, our experienced personal injury solicitors can handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party 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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Key criteria

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

In order to win a Brighton personal injury case, it must be shown 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.

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The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Work accident claims in Brighton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from building site contractors to chemical process engineers, to secure financial compensation awards. Injury and illness figures for the Brighton local authority 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)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury131
Machinery related injury554
Explosion related110
Fire related011
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)1162
Fall from height322139
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)001
Lifting and handling injuries1096762
Slip, trip, fall same level847388
Struck against1278
Struck by moving vehicle514
Struck by object262314
Trapped underneath something111

Read more: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Brighton

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other types of claim

Medical negligence in Brighton

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

Slip and trip injuries

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.

Serious injury

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

Brighton 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 Brighton and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Brighton, from more minor injury cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their specialist expertise and their success rate in winning claims.

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

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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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

It can take several months for most minor injury claims to be settled. Injury claims for very serious injury or illness can take much longer. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust throughout the claims process to provide both specialist legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

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

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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