A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Lewes or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can are able to take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Do I have a compensation claim?

Updated: September 17, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions like RSI may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that matters.

In most cases, making a successful claim has three key elements. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities 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

What is my claim worth?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded depends on a number of factors. Our injury calculator gives a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

Work accident claims in Lewes

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for Claimants injured at work, from kitchen workers to insurance brokers, to claim compensation from their employer. Accident at work figures for the Lewes local authority made available in accordance with regulations by the Government excerpted below:

Work accidents in Lewes Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Other61313
Electricity related100
Machinery related224
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)301
Fall from height (scaffolding)1265
Animal related022
Lifting231822
Physical assault575
Slip, trip or fall361921
Struck against410
Struck by moving vehicle110
Hit by object995

Read more: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Lewes

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Lewes are not uncommon. Government statistics reveal a total of 1792 accidents (1453 slight accidents, 322 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Sussex council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,969. Accidents in Lewes in 2013 included collisions on the dual carriageway of the A27 and A26 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A26 and B2192 junction.

Our network of accredited injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in obtaining the highest settlements for anyone hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Lewes.

Read more: Road accident compensation claim

Other types of claim

Medical negligence in Lewes

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to a GP or other medical professional's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you only want the hospital to explain what happened as opposed to injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to raise a complaint against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, you can write to Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex.

Read more: Medical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help Claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illness including anything from allergic contact dermatitis to asthma caused by colophony.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation

Slips and trips

Recorded figures emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the East Sussex workplace in 2014/15. Slips and trips are typically the precursor to accidents recorded in another category like being hit by a moving object, a fall from a height or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place cases for injuries like bruised legs experienced on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with incidents having happened on Refectory Rd and on Barcombe Rd.

Lewes serious injury compensation

The long-term effect a serious injury has will be acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when determining injury compensation. A successful claim will lessen the financial load on an injured person and their dependants enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Our network of solicitor firms have aided families receive compensation for a wide range of major injuries and conditions. Injury and illness referred to as catastrophic or serious include multiple fractures and chemical poisoning.

Read more: Serious injury compensation

Lewes No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Lewes and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Lewes, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their specialist knowledge and their track record in winning cases.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

Have you handled many claims in Lewes?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Lewes, East Sussex and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of claimants throughout East Sussex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including part-time worker injuries and car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

FAQs

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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Identifying the most appropriate lawyer to help you is a critical step towards getting the highest compensation award.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Lewes (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority), how can you make certain you select the best company to handle your case?

The disparity in the level of success fees and insurance premiums between law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is an important consideration for Claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person who was awarded ?38,001 for severe, disabling elbow injuries can range from ?22,800 to ?32,300.

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Read Lewes solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by injury lawyers can vary.

Researching online reviews can be helpful when thinking about which solicitor to sign up with.

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Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to pick a solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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