A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you are based in Southwick or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers can manage your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Southwick, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It needs to be demonstrated 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 should allow the lawyer to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

Compensation calculator

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online claim calculator provides an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Southwick

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from construction workers to speech and language therapists, to claim work accident compensation. Work injury statistics for the Sunderland local authority are compiled in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE as follows:

Workplace accidents in Sunderland Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury202
Machinery related injury201623
Exposed to explosion010
Fire related (e.g. burns)100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. food poisoning)641
Fall from height431739
Animal related (e.g. livestock)101
Lifting and handling injuries17394108
Physical assault221927
Slip or trip148154104
Struck against152923
Struck by moving vehicle1576
Struck by object603358
Crushed by something collapsing110

Find out more: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Southwick

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Southwick are common. Official statistics show a total of 793 accidents (723 slight accidents, 67 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Sunderland local authority. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 793. Incidents in the Southwick area in 2013 included crashes on the A183 and A1231 roundabout and on the A1231 and A690 roundabout.

Our network of expert no win, no fee legal advisors are experienced in obtaining maximum damages for people who have been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Southwick.

Find out more: Road accident claims

Other claims

Southwick specialists for serious injury claims

We recognise the critical change an injury claim will make to seriously injured claimants.

Quittance's network of expert lawyers fight for compensation for serious injury and illness, including damages for the cost of ongoing treatment and care. Quittance's network of specialist lawyers have aided people recover damages for many catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries referred to as catastrophic or serious range from lung disease to major surgical negligence.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Reported statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent accident at work in West Sussex. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes related to accidents recorded in a different category like being hit by an object falling from a machine, being trapped by something or a river drowning accident. Public place (Sunderland local authority) claims for injuries like pulled muscles sustained on raised kerb stones are also quite common with incidents having occurred in the area.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illness that include anything from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to PCB exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Medical and clinical negligence in Southwick

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone sustains an injury or illness due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for closure or answers instead of claiming compensation. To make a complaint against Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Holtye Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

Southwick No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Southwick and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Southwick, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

How much experience do you have of handling claims in Southwick?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists people injured in Southwick, West Sussex and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we helped hundreds of claimants in West Sussex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including part-time worker injuries and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Finding the best lawyer for your claim

Selecting the best legal expert to assist you is your most important step towards receiving the best compensation settlement for your accident.

How do you make sure you choose the best solicitors' practice for your needs?

The difference in the amount of fees between lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is significant.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of ?9,029 for a moderate thumb injury might vary from ?5,417 to ?7,674.

Read more at - How much can you claim?

Do you need to select a local Southwick injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the firm is not very relevant as cases are conducted remotely.

However, you should choose a company that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will usually be expected to go to a medical examination.

Read more - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

Southwick solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by solicitors can vary.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be instructive if you are deciding which lawyer to act for you.

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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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