Were you 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 we can help you

We have helped injured people in Haywards Heath, West Sussex and across the UK claim compensation for:

Do I have a claim?

The key 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 reality, several other factors can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury, the quantum of the claim or whether there is sufficient evidence to support your claim.

We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our 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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Road accident claims in Haywards Heath

Drivers and other road users have a right to claim compensation if they have been injured on Haywards Heath's roads due to another party's carelessness.

Whether you were hurt in a collision, or were involved in a cycling accident, our guide to road accident compensation claims sets out what you need to know about how to get started.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Haywards Heath

You may be eligible to make a work accident claim if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

Whatever you do for a living, whether you had a fall from height or developed noise-induced hearing loss, our work injury claim guide shows you how best to make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place injuries

Recorded statistics demonstrate that employee slips and trips are still the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the West Sussex workplace. They are typically connected to accidents attributed to other reasons such as being struck by moving machinery, being trapped by something or a drowning accident. Public place (Mid Sussex local authority) legal claims for injuries like fractured wrists occurring on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent dislodged paving slab trips having occurred on Sydney Road.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a registrar, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want closure instead of injury compensation. You can write to Holtye Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The lasting effect of a serious or catastrophic injury is understood by Courts and insurance companies when working out how much compensation to pay.

The panel of expert lawyers fight hard for compensation for major injuries, including compensation for medical expenses and care costs. Quittance's panel of expert lawyers have aided people collect compensation for numerous major injuries and conditions. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious range from asbestos-related disease to deep vein thrombosis.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Haywards Heath 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, Haywards Heath 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 Haywards Heath, West 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 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

Can Quittance help me?

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

How much experience do you have of winning claims in Haywards Heath?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that helps people in Haywards Heath, West Sussex and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in West Sussex seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents due to poor road conditions and accidents on building sites.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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.

What should you consider when comparing reviews for solicitors in Haywards Heath?

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

Will I need to select a local Haywards Heath lawyer ?

The location of a solicitors office is not especially critical as cases are conducted by phone and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a firm that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will need to attend a medical examination.

Read about - Do you have a local medical centre?

What are the road accident statistics in Haywards Heath

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Haywards Heath are not uncommon. 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. By 2014 the total had increased to 2,748. Accidents in the Haywards Heath region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A273 and A272 roundabout and on the B2112 and A272 roundabout.

Quittance's panel of best of breed lawyers have years of experience in negotiating the highest general and special damages for people hurt in a road accident in Haywards Heath.

Haywards Heath work accident statistics

The most recent 2019 work accident figures for the Mid Sussex Local Authority (2013/14) was available under legislation by the Health and Saftey Executive excerpted below:

HSE reported work accidents in Mid Sussex Local AuthorityReported Injuries
Unspecified17
Machinery related4
Fire related (e.g. scarrs)0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning)0
Fall from height11
Injured by an animal0
Lifting and handling injuries30
Physical attack9
Slip, trip, fall same level36
Struck against6
Struck by moving vehicle4
Struck by object6

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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