A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you are based in Polegate or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Injury claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within three years.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a slip, trip or work accident in Polegate, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Getting your claim started sooner should enable your solicitor to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

Calculate your compensation

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Polegate

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Our 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.

For more information: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Polegate

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from nurses to petroleum engineers, to claim maximum compensation. Accident at work figures in the Wealden local authority are published under RIDDOR regulations by the HSE in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Wealden Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock001
Machinery related injury226
Exposed to explosion010
Fire related (e.g. burns)020
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toxic torts)201
Fall from height181112
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)533
Lifting and carrying451716
Physical assault1634
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)534848
Struck against347
Hit by vehicle212
Struck by object11110
Trapped by something collapsing001

For more information: Accident at work compensation claims

Other types of claim

Slip and trip injuries

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.

Clinical and medical negligence in Polegate

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

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

Serious injury

We understand the difference a compensation claim will make to the lives of people who have been affected by serious and catastrophic injury. We work hard for maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes reimbursement for medical expenses and care costs. Quittance's panel of specialist law firms have for many years aided people impacted by severe accidents.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Polegate No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Polegate and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Polegate, from fast track whiplash cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Our lawyers are selected for their track record in winning claims and their specialist knowledge.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

How to select the right personal injury lawyer for you

You will be liaising with your solicitor for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors of interest to claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to trust throughout the claims process to give legal guidance and practical advice.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for a fractured index finger, for example, ranges from ?7,370 to ?9,900 (based on 2015 market data).

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.

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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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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