A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you are based in West Sussex or anywhere in the country, our expert solicitors are able to take on your claim and we will always 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 another person was responsible, our expert solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Personal injury A claim must usually be made within three years of an injury.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what matters in these situations.

In most cases, making a successful claim will involve three issues. It must 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

Beginning your claim as soon as possible will enable statements from witnesses and other evidence to be gathered in support of your claim by your solicitor.

How much compensation can I claim?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator gives you an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in West Sussex

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from scaffolding erectors to tourist information managers, to claim compensation. Accident at work statistics in the Horsham local authority reported under reporting legislation by the HSE in the following table:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Horsham Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury624
Exposed to explosion100
Fire related (e.g. scars)200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)813
Fall from height1577
Animal related355
Manual handling432222
Physical assault375
Slip, trip or fall464140
Struck against1023
Struck by moving vehicle504
Hit by object101413
Trapped by something collapsing200

Read more: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in West Sussex

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of best of breed road traffic accident lawyers have years of experience in securing the highest compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in West Sussex.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in West Sussex are relatively frequent. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 2554 accidents (2116 slight accidents, 408 serious accidents and 30 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Sussex council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 2,748.

Read more: Road traffic accident claim

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in West Sussex

Clinical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured due to a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You could make a formal complaint if you just want a deeper understanding of what happened rather than injury compensation. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Holtye Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip and trip injuries

Reported statistics underscore the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most prevalent accident in the South East England workplace in 2014/15. Slips and trips are typically lead to accidents classified under another heading such as being hit by a reversing vehicle or an electrical discharge accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as bruised backs happening on spillages are also common with kerb stone trips having happened recently.

Serious injury specialists serving West Sussex

Quittance's team recognise the critical change a compensation claim makes to the lives of severely injured claimants.

By limiting the pressure a major injury places on an injured person, injury compensation allows individuals to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. Our panel of solicitor firms have helped claimants collect damages for many severe conditions and injuries. Injuries categorised as catastrophic or serious range from deep vein thrombosis to spinal cord damage.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that range from chemical poisoning to silicosis.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation

West Sussex 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 West Sussex and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in West Sussex, from fast track whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their years of specialist experience and their success rate in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

Have you handled many West Sussex claims?

We are a national network of expert solicitors that assists claimants in West Sussex and throughout the country, get compensation.

Last year, we helped 100's of claimants in West Sussex get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including part-time worker injuries and cycling accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


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. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Finding a suitable legal expert for your case is a key step towards claiming the best compensation award for your accident.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of West Sussex - how can you make certain you select the most appropriate company to act for you?

The diversity in the amount of success fees charged by solicitors is considerable.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a claimant having been awarded ?4,387 for a severe thumb dislocation can range from ?2,632 to ?3,729.

Further reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Do you need to go with a local injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitor is not so important as cases are usually conducted by phone, post and email.

You will need to choose a company that provides a national network as claimants will be expected to attend a medical examination.

Read more - Do you have a local medical centre?

Look into West Sussex personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Researching reviews can be instructive if you are mulling over which lawyer to go with.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

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.

Read more
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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