Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?
If your life has been affected by illness or injury, Quittance Legal Services are here to help.
What sort of injuries can I claim for?
Each year, we help hundreds of people in West Sussex and throughout the UK get compensation for:
Am I entitled to make a claim?
The main criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:
- within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
- another person was negligent or at fault, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other points to consider?
Yes. There are a number of other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or whether a child was injured.
It costs nothing to find out if you are entitled to injury compensation. Speak to an expert now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Personal Injury Claim Checker:
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the extent of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:
West Sussex road accident claims
Road users have the right to claim compensation if they have been hurt on West Sussex's roads because of someone else's actions.
It does not matter if you have been hurt in a crash at a junction, or have been involved riding a cycle on West Sussex's roads, this useful guide explains what you need to do to make a road accident compensation claim.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in West Sussex
You may be eligible to make a work accident claim if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.
Whatever your job, whether you a site foreman hurt on site or an estate agent injured on a property viewing, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful work accident claim.Work accident claims
Other injury claim types
Accidents in a public place
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.
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
More claim types
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. The 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
West Sussex No win, no fee Solicitors
A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.
Under a CFA, West Sussex injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.
The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee
Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in West Sussex and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.
By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.
You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.
What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?
You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
How we can help
Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.
Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.
If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.
We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
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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.
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?
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
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long will my claim take?
The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.
Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.
Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:
Personal injury claim type
Estimated claim duration*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.