A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Copthorne or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert lawyers can help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim?

Updated: September 23, 2016

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, we can help you make a claim.

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Key criteria

Claims for personal injury compensation should be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury in most cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must prove that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Starting your claim as soon as possible should enable your solicitor to gather evidence and witness statements.

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How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in Copthorne

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Our 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.

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Work accident claims in Copthorne

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from factory workers to community workers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Injury and illness figures in the Crawley local authority are published in accordance with legislation by the HSE and set out below:

Work accidents in Crawley Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)101
Machinery related844
Fire related (e.g. scars)020
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. industrial and air pollution)224
Fall from height212024
Animal related611
Lifting and handling injuries1528090
Physical attack17107
Slip or trip12210179
Struck against9127
Hit by vehicle953
Hit by falling object463143
Trapped by something collapsing001

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Other injury claims

Copthorne specialists for serious injury claims

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. Our 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

Slips, trips and falls

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.

Clinical and medical negligence in Copthorne

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, our 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

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Copthorne 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 Copthorne and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet our team

The national panel of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Copthorne, from fast track claims to long term illness. Selected on the basis of their winning track record, our solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

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

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your accident?

You will be liaising with your solicitor for a long period of time, from many months for minor and moderate injury to potentially years for complex cases. The SRA regulate legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer to fit your requirements is vital.

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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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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