Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, we are here to help.

How Quittance can help

Every year, we help hundreds of people in Lewes, East Sussex and across the UK claim compensation for:

Do I have a claim?

You should be able to make a compensation claim if you were injured:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or whether a child was injured.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant 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 Lewes

Lewes cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians are entitled to claim injury compensation if they are hurt due to another party's actions.

It does not matter if you have been involved as a pedestrian on Lewes's roads, or were a passenger in a car accident, Quittance's road accident compensation claim guide explains what you need to know about how to get started.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Lewes

If you have suffered an injury because of your employer's actions or negligence, you have the right to make a claim.

Whatever your job, whether you are a security guard injured in the line of duty or a paramedic injured in the line of duty, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Injuries in a public place

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.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

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

Industrial disease claims

Lewes 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, Lewes 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 Lewes, East 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

How we can help

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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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FAQs

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.

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.

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.

See Quittance reviews

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.

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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.

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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