Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, we can help you claim compensation.

How can we help

We have helped hundreds of people in Copthorne, Surrey and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In reality, a number of factors can impact whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or whether there is an untraceable defendant.

We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim 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

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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Copthorne road accident claims

Drivers, pedestrians and riders can claim injury compensation if they are hurt on Copthorne's roads due to someone else's actions.

Regardless of whether you have suffered an injury in a motorbike accident, or have been hurt in a collision on Copthorne's roads, our useful guide explains what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Copthorne

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any other losses or expenses.

Whatever your job is, whether you had a fall from height or developed noise-induced hearing loss, our work injury claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place accidents

Officially reported statistics demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in West Sussex. Slips, trips and falls are often the initiators of injuries recorded in a different category for instance being hit by machinery or a river drowning accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like broken wrists suffered on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having occurred on the Boulevard and on North Rd.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, the panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you only want a deeper understanding of what happened rather than injury compensation. For example, you can write to St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: Clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The lasting impact a serious injury has will be understood by the Courts when calculating injury compensation.

By reducing the financial stress serious injury imposes on an injured claimant, a compensation claim allows people to concentrate on their rehabilitation. The panel of specialist serious injury solicitors engage with insurance providers and the Courts, helping to ensure claimants affected by serious accidents and injuries receive the legal and medical support they need. Injuries held by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include chemical burns, birth negligence and paralysis.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Copthorne 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, Copthorne 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 Copthorne, Surrey 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 legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What should I do next?

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

Has Quittance won many injury claims in Copthorne?

We are a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Copthorne, Surrey and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have helped hundreds of people in Surrey get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including industrial disease and car accidents.

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

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Do I need to go with a local injury lawyer ?

The location of a solicitor is not so important as injury cases are, as a matter of course, managed by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to select a solicitors' firm that offers national medical coverage as you will almost always be expected to go to an independent medical examination.

What should you consider when checking reviews for solicitors in Copthorne?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The variation in insurance premiums and success fees between solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements is an important consideration for claimants.

As an example the amount retained by a claimant awarded £67,083 for severe knee injuries could conceivably vary from £40,250 to £57,020.

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What are the road accident statistics in Copthorne

Accidents involving vehicles in Copthorne are reasonably common. Official statistics show a total of 2554 accidents (2116 slight accidents, 408 serious accidents and 30 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Sussex council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,748. Incidents in the Copthorne area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the B2036 and A2011 junction and on the A2011 and M23 roundabout.

The panel of skilled road traffic accident solicitors are experienced in achieving the highest general and special damages for claimants injured in a road accident in Copthorne.

What are the Copthorne work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019 injury and illness figures in the Crawley Local Authority (2013/14) are published in accordance with legislation by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in Crawley Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Undetermined30
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)1
Machinery related4
Fire related (e.g. scarrs)0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)4
Fall from height24
Animal related1
Lifting and handling injuries90
Physical attack7
Slip or trip79
Struck against7
Hit by vehicle3
Hit by falling object43
Trapped by something collapsing1

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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