A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

If you live in Uckfield or anywhere in the country, our experienced personal injury solicitors can manage your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 17, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Find out if you have a claimUse our online claim checker

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like noise-induced deafness are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is considered.

In most cases, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It must be shown 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.

Starting your claim as soon as possible should enable the lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

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What is my claim worth?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

Find out how much you can claimUse our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Uckfield

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of qualified no win no fee lawyers are experienced in negotiating the best awards for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Uckfield.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Uckfield are quite common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 17 fatal accidents, 322 serious accidents and 1453 slight accidents in 2013 in East Sussex (Total events were 1792 local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,969.

Further information: Road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Uckfield

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped Claimants, from carpenters to translators, to claim maximum compensation. Accident at work information in the Uckfield local authority are published under reporting legislation by the HSE in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Wealden Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
General191621
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

Further information: Accident at work claims

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Other types of claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Uckfield

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of a compensation award. You can write to Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Further information: Clinical negligence claims

Slips and trips

Recorded statistics emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most common accident at work in East Sussex and the UK as a whole in 2014/15. These types of accident are often related to injuries recorded in a different category such as being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a lifting injury or an animal related accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as strained muscles occurring on pavement ice are also common with recent trips having occurred in the local area.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that range from mesothelioma to mercury poisoning.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Uckfield solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

The Courts understand that serious injuries will have a major impact on a Claimant and their family. By limiting the stress a serious injury puts on an injured Claimant and their family, a compensation claim helps people to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation. Our panel of specialist solicitors engage with medical practitioners and insurers ensuring families affected by serious accidents receive the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and illnesses which are held to be serious and catastrophic range from eye injuries to deep vein thrombosis.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

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Uckfield 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 Uckfield and throughout the UK.

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

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Meet the QLS team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Uckfield, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their success rate in winning claims and their specialist expertise.

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
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What experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Uckfield?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of expert solicitors dedicated to helping people in Uckfield, East Sussex and across the country, get compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across East Sussex seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from injuries sustained at work to cycling accidents.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean making a claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 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 that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Identifying the best solicitor for your legal case is an important step towards negotiating the highest compensation award.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Uckfield (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015) - how can you make sure you choose the most appropriate one to take on your case?

What should you look for when checking Uckfield solicitor reviews?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Do I need to select a local injury lawyer ?

The location of a solicitors office is not especially important as cases are typically managed by phone, post and email.

You will need to select a firm with a national network as you will almost always need to go to a medical examination.

Read about : Will I have to attend a medical?

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

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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