Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

Our personal injury services

Every year, we help injured people in Eastbourne, East Sussex and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim compensation?

The basic criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In practice, several other factors can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or where the injury occurred.

Why not speak to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Injury 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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Eastbourne road accident claims

Eastbourne road users have a right to make a claim for compensation if they are hurt because of someone else's carelessness.

Whether you were involved in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a car collision, the Quittance useful guide sets out what you need to do to make a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Eastbourne

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

Whether you are a policeman injured in the line of duty or a teacher injured at school, our work accident claim guide shows you how best to make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Injuries in a public place

Officially reported data reveal that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent accident in the East Sussex workplace. These types of accident are quite often related to accidents attributed to other causes such as being hit by material under pressure or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like bruised legs happening on slippery pavements are also common with pavement trips having happened on Ocklynge Rd and on Framfield Way.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone is injured due to the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional. If you have been injured by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, you can contact Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex.

For more information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can help with getting compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from dermatitis claims to asthma caused by grain.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Industrial disease claims

Eastbourne 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, Eastbourne 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 Eastbourne, 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

Is Quittance the right claims firm for me?

Our specialist solicitors have 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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FAQs

How much experience do you have of handling claims in Eastbourne?

Quittance is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Eastbourne, East Sussex and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we assisted hundreds of people in East Sussex get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from motorbike accidents to injuries sustained at work.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Finding the most appropriate injury lawyer to help you is an important step towards achieving the best compensation award for your injuries.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Eastbourne - how do you make sure you instruct the ideal law firm to handle your case?

The difference in personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between solicitors is vast

E.g. the amount retained by a successful claimant accepting a settlement of ?24,103 for a moderate pain disorder could vary from ?14,462 to ?20,488.

More information How to compare personal injury solicitors

Eastbourne personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary to a large extent.

Researching online reviews is a great place to start if you are weighing up which solicitor to sign up with and which considerations are most important to you.

Read Personal injury lawyer reviews

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

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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 Quittance’s 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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