A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in East Grinstead or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can will take on your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our expert solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Compensation claims must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as industrial deafness are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what is important in such circumstances.

For the majority of injury claims, a successful compensation claim has three key elements. It needs to be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

In all cases, a short, free call with an expert East Grinstead solicitor will provide answers and useful advice.

Calculate my compensation

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use claim calculator gives you an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in East Grinstead

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of certified solicitors have decades of experience in achieving the best awards for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in East Grinstead.

Accidents involving vehicles in East Grinstead are relatively common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 2554 accidents (2116 slight accidents, 408 serious accidents and 30 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Sussex local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,748.

Further information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in East Grinstead

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for contractors, self employed or employed people hurt in an accident, from farm workers to consumer rights advisers, to claim compensation from their employer. Accident statistics for the Mid Sussex local authority are listed in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Mid Sussex Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related434
Fire related (e.g. scars)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)400
Fall from height10911
Injured by an animal210
Lifting and handling injuries481930
Physical attack1189
Slip, trip, fall same level584636
Struck against426
Struck by moving vehicle324
Struck by object1396

Further information: Work accident claims

Other claims we handle

Clinical negligence in East Grinstead

Clinical negligence is the term used when a person is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor or other medical professional. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are just looking for closure as opposed to starting an injury claim. For example, you can write to Holtye Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from mesothelioma to benzene poisoning.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

East Grinstead solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

The lasting effect a serious or catastrophic injury has is recognised by Courts and insurance companies when they are calculating what a claim is worth.

By relieving the financial pressure a serious injury imposes on an injured claimant and their family, a claim allows them to prioritise their recovery.

Further information: Serious injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data highlight the fact that slips and trips are still the most prevalent cause of injury in the West Sussex workplace. They are sometimes the cause of accidents attributed to other reasons like being hit by an object falling from a ladder or a harmful substance accident. Public liability cases for injuries like fractured wrists happening on potholes are also common with recent slips having occurred on London Road and on Dunnings Rd.

East Grinstead 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 East Grinstead and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in East Grinstead and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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

What experience does Quittance have of winning claims in East Grinstead?

We are a national panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that helps people in East Grinstead, West Sussex and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants in West Sussex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and scaffolding accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.


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.

How to select the right personal injury lawyer for your claim

Identifying the best solicitor to assist you is a key step towards securing the highest compensation settlement for your illness or injuries.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of East Grinstead - how do you ensure you choose the ideal company to help you?

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 serious thumb injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?10,175 to ?13,530 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Comparing injury solicitors in East Grinstead - online reviews

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

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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