A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Heathfield or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can will assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

A claim must usually be made within three years of the date of the injury.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Heathfield or slip or trip, a successful compensation claim has three key components. It needs to be demonstrated that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Your solicitor can take you through these points and should explain how they apply to your claim.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

Work accident claims in Heathfield

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from dental nurses to herbalists, to claim injury compensation. Accident statistics in the Wealden local authority reported in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE as follows:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Wealden Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
General191621
Electric shock001
Machinery related injury226
Exposed to explosion010
Fire related (e.g. burns)020
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)201
Fall from height181112
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)533
Lifting and carrying451716
Physical assault1634
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)534848
Struck against347
Hit by vehicle212
Struck by object11110
Trapped by something collapsing001

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Road traffic accident claims in Heathfield

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of knowledgeable no win no fee legal advisors have vast experience in securing the highest damages for Claimants injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Heathfield.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Heathfield are relatively frequent. Government statistics reveal a total of 1792 accidents (1453 slight accidents, 322 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Sussex local authority. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,969. Accidents in the Heathfield area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A267 and B2102 junction and on the single carriageway of the B2096 and A265 junction.

Read more: Road accident claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Reported data show that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in East Sussex and the UK. Slips, trips and falls are frequently lead to injuries categorised as something else e.g. being hit by machinery or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Wealden local authority) negligence claims injuries such as cheekbone fractures occurring on obstructed pathways are also quite common with street trips having happened on Hastings Rd and on Barden Rd.

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with getting compensation for industrial illnesses that range from industrial deafness to asthma caused by colophony.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Clinical negligence in Heathfield

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation. For example, you can write to Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, to make a formal complaint against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Read more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Serious injury

The impact serious injury can have is understood by Courts and insurance companies when calculating a claim. We work hard for compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness, including damages for physiotherapy and treatment. Our panel of lawyers have for many years helped people affected by severe accidents.

Read more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Heathfield 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 Heathfield and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Heathfield, from less severe claims to long term industrial disease. Selected on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel 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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Heathfield?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of expert solicitors that helps people in Heathfield, East Sussex and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across East Sussex get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and slips and trips at work.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

FAQs

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

What factors to consider when locating the best personal injury lawyer

Selecting a suitable legal expert to help you is an important step towards receiving the most compensation.

With over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Heathfield - how do you ensure you select the best company to handle your case?

Are Heathfield Claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

As with many professional services, you do not need to choose a lawyer near you.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Heathfield - What to look for

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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