A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Peacehaven or anywhere in the UK, our expert personal injury solicitors are able to help with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, Quittance can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is considered.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Peacehaven or slip or trip, there are three components to proving a claim. It needs to be shown 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

Getting your claim started sooner will enable evidence and witness statements to be gathered in support of your claim by your lawyer.

Injury claims calculator

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Peacehaven

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Peacehaven are reasonably common with a total of 1792 accidents (1453 slight accidents, 322 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Sussex local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,969.

Quittance's network of knowledgeable road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury lawyers have years of experience in obtaining the highest compensation for claimants hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Peacehaven.

For more information: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Peacehaven

Worker injured in accident

We have helped self employed or employed claimants injured at work, from members of the army to picture researchers, to claim compensation from their employer. Work injury statistics in the Lewes local authority are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR by the Government excerpted below:

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

For more information: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Safety figures demonstrate that slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most prevalent cause of injury at work in East Sussex and the UK in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the cause of injuries filed under a different category like being hit by another person or a lake drowning accident. Public liability litigation for injuries such as broken toes occurring on raised kerb stones are also common with street trips having occurred on Longridge Avenue and on Central Avenue.

Clinical and medical negligence in Peacehaven

When someone is injured or becomes ill due to a GP or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of claiming compensation. For example, you can contact Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from asbestosis to vibration white finger.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury solicitors in Peacehaven

Quittance recognise the change injury compensation makes to severely injured claimants.

Our panel of specialist solicitors fight to achieve maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions. This includes reimbursement for private medical treatment and case costs. Our panel of specialist serious injury solicitors have aided claimants affected by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries considered to be catastrophic or serious include head injuries, asbestos-related disease and serious psychiatric harm.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Peacehaven 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 Peacehaven and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Peacehaven, from fast track claims to long term industrial disease. Our solicitors are selected for their success rate in winning claims and their specialist expertise.

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 Peacehaven?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of award winning solicitors that assists people in Peacehaven, East Sussex and throughout the country, get compensation.

In 2017, we have helped hundreds of people across East Sussex get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to accidents in the office.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, enables you to focus on your recovery.


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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Help for potential claimants looking for a personal injury solicitor

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from many months for less serious injuries to over a year for complex cases. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your legal representative should be someone you can rely on throughout your claim to provide expert legal guidance and practical advice.

Check Peacehaven solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.

Online reviews can be enlightening if you are deciding which lawyer to instruct.

Find out more Personal injury lawyer reviews

Are Peacehaven claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

Many injury lawyers operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that should be carried out locally 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 medical network.

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

The contrast in the amount of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different lawyers often surprises claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount retained by an injured person having been awarded ?38,008 for severe, disabling elbow injuries could conceivably vary from ?22,805 to ?32,306.

Further reading Get a personal injury quote

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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