Making a personal injury compensation claim
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If your injuries were caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation.
Every year, we help hundreds of people in Horsham, West Sussex and throughout the UK claim No Win, No Fee compensation for their injuries.
What caused your injury?
The injury claims process varies according to how your injury happened.
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Can I claim?
The key criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was at least partly to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other points to consider?
Yes. In reality, several other factors can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, including the circumstances of your injury, whether a child was injured or whether your chosen solicitor believes your claim has a prospect of success.
Talk to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you have a claim. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Online Claim Checker.
Can I claim if I was injured as a child?
If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf, at any time until the child's 18th birthday.
Anyone who was injured either during their birth or as a child can start a claim themselves once they turn 18 years old.
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.
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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my 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:
Road accident claims in Horsham
Government data reveals there were 1972 road accidents in West Sussex in 2021, including 1503 slight accidents, 442 accidents and 27 fatalities. Accidents in the Horsham region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A24 and B2237 roundabout and on the A281 and A24 roundabout.
If you've been injured in a road traffic accident in Horsham, or anywhere else in the UK, we understand the pain and suffering you may be going through. If your injuries were caused by another driver, cyclist, pedestrian or any other road user, you may be entitled to claim no win, no fee compensation.
Whether you have been involved in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a collision with another vehicle, our road accident compensation claim guide sets out what you need to know about how to claim.
Work accident claims in Horsham
There were 0 fatalities and 77 other work accidents in Horsham in 2021.
|HSE-reported Horsham work accidents||Reported Injuries|
|Machinery related injury||3%|
|Exposed to explosion||0%|
|Fire related (e.g. scars)||0%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)||2%|
|Fall from height||6%|
|Slip, trip or fall||32%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||3%|
|Hit by object||10%|
|Trapped by something collapsing||0%|
If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
Whether you were injured while working as a lifeguard or a roofer, our work accident claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful claim.
Clinical negligence claims in Horsham
When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. We can help you make a claim against any of the clinics and NHS trusts responsible for Horsham.
Occupiers liability injury claims in Horsham
Occupiers' liability refers to the legal duty of care owed by property owners to anyone who visits their property.
Whether your accident happened in a supermarket or in a gym, and a third party was responsible, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
If you've been hurt in an accident in a public area, we can help you.
Serious injury compensation claims
A serious or catastrophic injury is when the injury results in, long-term medical problems, lengthy or ongoing medical treatments, permanent disability or reduced life-expectancy. Serious injuries typically include amputations, paralysis and brain injuries, but could also include other injuries such as eye injuries, bowel cancer and serious pharmaceutical error.
Your solicitor will liaise with doctors, health professionals and insurance providers to ensure you receive the care you need. Serious injury compensation will help to reduce the impact of bills and other expenses, so you can concentrate on your recovery.
Do I need to visit a solicitor's office?
Personal injury claims are conducted remotely. This means you won't have to travel to your solicitor's office when making a claim.
On a quick phone call with a friendly advisor, you can explain what happened and find out if you may have a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim.
Whenever you are ready, you can speak to a solicitor. They will address any questions you have, and will take care of each stage of the claims process until you recieve your compensation.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Horsham and cross the UK.
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Has Quittance helped many claimants in Horsham?
Whether you live in Horsham, West Sussex or elsewhere, we can help you to make no win, no fee injury claim.
Whether your injury occurred in a car or bike accident, whilst doing your job or due to clinical negligence our team will make sure your claim is handled by a specialist injury solicitor.
Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?
If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.
Horsham personal injury solicitor reviews
All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary.
Online reviews and personal recommendations will make it easier find the right solicitor for your claim.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, 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 for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.