A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Selsey or anywhere else in England or Wales, our injury lawyers can handle your claim and we will set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a personal injury claim?

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

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury in most cases.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is important.

For the majority of injury claims, a successful compensation claim has three key components. It needs to be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Your solicitor should look at how these issues will relate to your claim.

How much can I claim?

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

Road traffic accident claims in Selsey

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Selsey are relatively frequent. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 2554 accidents (2116 slight accidents, 408 serious accidents and 30 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Sussex council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,748.

Quittance's panel of accredited no win no fee litigators have vast experience in obtaining maximum compensation for people injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Selsey.

For more information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Selsey

Worker injured in accident

We have helped Claimants, from plasterers to product development scientists, to claim compensation. Work accident statistics for the Chichester local authority are published in accordance with legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in Chichester Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Unspecified141011
Electrocution100
Contact with machinery4510
Fire related (e.g. burns)200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. food poisoning)310
Fall from height (ladder)12913
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)220
Lifting and carrying453943
Physical attack424
Slip, trip or fall653941
Struck against465
Struck by moving vehicle115
Struck by object251316
Crushed by something collapsing200

For more information: Work accident compensation

Other claims

Selsey solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

The Quittance team recognise the critical difference compensation will make to severely injured Claimants. By limiting the financial pressure a serious injury imposes on a Claimant, an injury claim allows Claimants to focus on their recovery. Quittance's panel of expert solicitors have for many years aided Claimants affected by major accidents. Injuries which are considered by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include serious psychiatric harm, poisoning and brain injuries.

For more information: Catastrophic injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive statistics demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent accident at work in West Sussex. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the precursor to injuries recorded in a different category e.g. being hit by material under pressure, a fall from height or a fire related accident. Public place claims for injuries like broken arms experienced on obstructed walkways are also common with slips and trips having occurred on High St and on East Wittering.

Medical and clinical negligence in Selsey

When a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you just want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of financial compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. You can contact Holtye Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, for example, to make a complaint against Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries ranging from bladder cancer to welding rod fumes exposure.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Selsey 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 Selsey and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Selsey and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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 Quittance solicitors handled many Selsey claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Selsey, West Sussex and across the country, get compensation.

In 2017, we have helped 100's of injured claimants across West Sussex get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to industrial disease.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.

FAQs

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.

What to think about when choosing the right personal injury lawyer

It can take several months for the majority of claims to conclude. Claims for very serious injury or illness can take years in some circumstances. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not responsible for many factors that matter to Claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to trust throughout the claims process to provide both compassionate practical advice and expert legal guidance.

Reviews for solicitors in Selsey

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach taken by individual firms.

The contrast in success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by law firms working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is quite surprising.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person who was awarded ?28,359 for vibration white finger affecting causing a change in job could conceivably vary from ?17,015 to ?24,105.

Further reading Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Do you need a local Selsey injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby firm is not important as cases now tend to be managed by phone, post and email.

You will need to go with a law firm that provides medical facilities near Selsey as Claimants will almost always be expected to attend a medical exam.

See : Can I attend a medical centre near me?

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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