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

If you were injured or became ill due to another party's negligence, we're here to help.

How we can help

Each year, we help injured claimants in Polegate, East Sussex and across the UK get compensation for:

Do I have a personal injury claim?

The basic criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. There are several other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or where the injury occurred.

A short phone call will let you know exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim 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 Polegate

Polegate road users have the right to claim compensation if they are hurt due to someone else's actions.

Regardless of whether you were hurt in a collision at a junction, or have suffered an injury as a pedestrian on Polegate's roads, this guide to road accident compensation explains everything you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Polegate

Have you have had an accident at work and your employer was responsible? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

Whatever your job - whether you are a bricklayer injured on a building site or you tripped in an office, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Public place accidents

HSE statistics show that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury at work in East Sussex. Slips and trips are sometimes the initiators of accidents filed under a different category like being struck by a moving object, a fall from a ladder or a river drowning accident. Public place legal claims for injuries such as broken arms sustained on potholes are also common with recent slips having happened on Wish Hill and on Coppice Avenue.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

When a patient is injured due to the carelessness of a registrar, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You can raise a formal complaint if you only want a deeper understanding of what happened rather than injury compensation. For example, you can write to Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, to raise a complaint against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with securing compensation for industrial illnesses that range from occupational asthma to PCB exposure.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Industrial disease claims

Polegate 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, Polegate 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 Polegate, 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

What should I do next?

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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Frequently asked questions

What experience does Quittance have of winning claims in Polegate?

We are a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Polegate, East Sussex and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across East Sussex get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from part-time worker injuries to accidents due to poor road conditions.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Will you need to go with a local Polegate solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the solicitor is not very important as injury cases are run by phone, post and email.

However, you should instruct a solicitors' firm that offers national medical centres as claimants will usually need to attend a medical exam.

More details : Do you have a medical centre near me?

Reviews for lawyers in Polegate

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to sympathetic. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the quality of service taken by individual firms.

What are the road accident statistics in Polegate

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Polegate are relatively frequent. 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 the total had increased to 1,969. Accidents in the Polegate area in 2013 included crashes on the A27 and A22 roundabout and on the A27 and B2247 roundabout.

The panel of accredited road traffic accident legal advisors have vast experience in getting the best awards for people hurt in a car accident in Polegate.

Work accident statistics in Polegate

The latest 2019 accident at work figures in the Wealden Local Authority (2013/14) are published under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Wealden Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
General21
Electric shock1
Machinery related injury6
Exposed to explosion0
Fire related (e.g. burns)0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)1
Fall from height12
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)3
Lifting and carrying16
Physical assault4
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)48
Struck against7
Hit by vehicle2
Struck by object10
Trapped by something collapsing1

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.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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