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.

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.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

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.

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Child injury compensation claims

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

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.

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Claim road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Horsham

There were 0 fatalities and 77 other work accidents in Horsham in 2021.

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.

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Work accident compensation claims

How common are work accidents in Horsham?

HSE-reported Horsham work accidentsReported Injuries
Other15%
Machinery related injury3%
Exposed to explosion0%
Fire related (e.g. scars)0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)2%
Fall from height6%
Animal related4%
Manual handling18%
Physical assault4%
Slip, trip or fall32%
Struck against2%
Struck by moving vehicle3%
Hit by object10%
Trapped by something collapsing0%

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.

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

Public place 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.

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Public place accident claims

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.

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Claim serious injury compensation

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.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

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FAQs

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.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

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.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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**

*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?

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.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator