Shoreham by Sea Personal Injury Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 27th September 2021. Welcome to our Shoreham By Sea personal injury solicitors guide. You may have found this guide using a search term such as ‘Shoreham By Sea personal injury solicitor’ in Google (or your search engine of choice). In this article, we look at how our personal injury claims solicitors can help you get the compensation to which you are entitled.
This article looks at all the things you need to know to be confident that you have made the right choices when making a personal injury claim. We provide tips and criteria to use when choosing your solicitor, take a quick look at some of the different forms of claim we can help you with, and how by making a No Win No Fee claim, you will never have any financial risks in making your claim. Finally, we also provide you with details of helpful services for victims of accidents in Shoreham-by-Sea.
You can also find details of getting in touch with our specialist team at the bottom of this article. To find out more about getting the legal help you need.
What is a personal injury claim?
Before looking at how our team can help you and the different types of claims we can help you with, we will look at personal injury claims. Put simply, they are claims which you can make when you have been injured or have been caused ‘damage’ because of the actions of someone else. The damages you can claim compensation for include those for your actual injury (either psychological or physical) or costs and expenses related to your accident or injury. The injuries suffered in personal injury claims can and do largely vary in how serious they are.
While there are many different causes of an accident, injury, or illness that people can sustain, some happen much more often than others. The most common ones include slips and falls, industrial illnesses, vehicle accidents, and negligent treatment by a healthcare professional.
How can a personal injury solicitor help you to claim compensation for your accident or injuries
You may be asking, “how can a personal injury solicitor help me?” If you have been hurt in an accident, you will likely be able to make a personal injury claim from the company or person(s) responsible.
The first thing that any solicitor or lawyer will do is send a claims letter to those responsible for your accident. This will include details of what happened to you, your accident or injury. They may also organise for a doctor to reassess your injury, providing an expert opinion.
The defendant will then be afforded an amount of time in which to reply to the accusation. In this reply, they must either accept or deny liability. If the defendant does accept liability, your personal injury lawyers will try to settle the claim out of court.
Your solicitor will use a No Win No Fee calculator to determine how much they think you are entitled to claim and ask you what you are prepared to accept. They will then put the claim to the defendant. If the defendant reasonably responds to this, a personal injury claim settlement will be agreed upon.
If a fair settlement can not be agreed upon, as happens in a small number of cases, the claim will need to go to court. It may also need to go to court if the other party does not accept their liability. Our personal injury solicitors for Shoreham By Sea can explain how to claim online and the possibility of a trial.
Your rights and eligibility to make a personal injury claim
Every year millions of us are injured as a result of an accident. In many cases, another party was at fault, and as such, you could claim compensation from them. To make your claim, you will simply need to show that the other party was at fault and that they had a responsibility to keep you safe. You can do so by showing the following;
1. They can show that the defendant was responsible for your safety or health
The first thing which needs to be shown is that the defendant did have an obligation to ensure your safety. This may be as simple as a driver owing you a duty of care as a passenger. It could also include a doctor whose care you were under.
2. The solicitor needs to show this responsibility has not been met
If you were involved in a vehicle accident, the driver responsible for the accident broke their duty of care to you as either a passenger or another road user. Similarly, if a healthcare professional has caused you harm, they also breached their responsibility to you.
3. Establishing a causal relationship
Lastly, your solicitor needs to show a causal relationship between the fact the responsibility was not met and the harm caused to you.
When you initially contact any Shoreham By Sea personal injury solicitors, they will review your eligibility and rights to claim by discussing the criteria listed above.
Checklist and tips to help you find a solicitor for your claim
There are some simple steps that you can take to find the right personal injury solicitor for your individual needs. This is a brief checklist to help you.
- Talk to your friends and family – do you know someone who has used a solicitor in the past to make a personal injury claim. It is best to look at the experience a solicitor has and how this matches your case.
- Search online for solicitors – you may well have found this guide through a search engine. Guides such as this can help set out what solicitors can do for you.
- Think about how you want to pay for your solicitor – if you have been hurt and have taken time off work, you may already be out of pocket. Having to pay for a solicitor at this point is not always possible. This is why finding a No Win No Fee solicitor is a good idea. We will look at this type of agreement later in the article.
- Don’t limit yourself to your local area – as we will see, where a solicitor is based is unlikely to have any impact on your claim.
- Talk to a solicitor or their team – whilst you can read many guides and view many reviews of solicitors, there is no comparison to talking directly with a solicitor or personal injury law firm.
Next, we look at some of these tips about how to claim in more detail.
Are online reviews of solicitors helpful?
As we have already looked at, reading reviews and comparing personal injury law firms and solicitors can be good to help you see which service best fits your needs. However, reviews are not always 100% accurate or trustworthy. We also recommend getting in touch with our team to find out the answers to any questions you may have about how the Shoreham By Sea personal injury solicitors that we work with can help you.
Location, expertise, and experience
Many people assume that they can only work with solicitors in their town or the surrounding local area. This does not need to be the case at all. Today thanks to a variety of different communication methods and channels, you can pick a personal injury law firm to work with based on their experience and expertise rather than where they are. Our offices may not be located in Shoreham, but we can still help the residents of this area. This allows you to base your choice on track records, not where they are based.
The only part of the personal injury claim process which needs to be carried out close to you is any medical exams you might need. Our local experts can carry these out;
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What injury and accident claims does our team help people make?
People are injured in accidents every day. However, in some of these cases, someone other than the victim is to blame. This makes you eligible to claim compensation. However, many people are still unsure what type of accident or injury can qualify them to make a personal injury claim. Below we have taken some of the most common examples of personal injury claims and look at them in a little detail. This table also demonstrates what you could potentially claim for various injuries.
|Brain injury||Very severe||£282,010 to £403,990||The award bracket is given as an estimate for victims who have suffered severe brain damage and are unresponsive. In what is referred to as a vegetable state.|
|Brain injury||Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||Losing feelings in limbs, mental disability, and or change in impersonality.|
|Brain injury||Less severe||£15,320 to £43,060||Head injuries that have not caused significant brain damage but still there maybe lasting effects.|
|Eye Injury||Total blindness||In the region of £268,720||Total blindness|
|Eye Injury||Loss of sight in one eye||£49,270 to £54,830||This amount of compensation is awarded with loss of sight in a single eye or very restricted vision in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£3,950 to £8,730||Problems with vision, pain in the eye or temporary vision loss in an eye.|
|Arm Injury||Loss of both arms||£240,790 to £300,000||Amputation of both full arms will receive the maximum award here. This compensation range also covers the amputation of one arm, or whether the amputation is to be the full or part of the arm. The restrictions this will have in the future are also taken into consideration.|
|Arm Injury||Permanent and substantial disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||If there is major restriction and disability in one or both arms and causes great pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less severe||£19,200 to £39,170||This amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/or disability on the arms but will recover.|
|Leg Injury||Loss of both legs||£240,790 to £282,010||Amputation of both or one leg will warrant this amount of compensation to be awarded. It will also be taken in to consideration if the leg is amputated above or below the knee.|
|Leg Injury||Less serious||Up to £27,760||Fracture, brake or soft tissue damage to the leg that has affected the muscle causing great pain and discomfort.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||Up to £148,330||Neck injuries can be very severe causing problems with movement in different areas of the body. An injury to the neck can cause pain in this area for a lengthy time.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate||Up to £38,490||Fractures to the neck, painful when moving, stiffness inability to use full movement of the neck will warrant this type of compensation.|
|Neck Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||These amounts of compensation are roughly the brackets for whiplash depending on how long it lasts, how painful it is and the long term prognosis.|
|Hand Injury||Loss of both hands||£140,660 to £201,490||This amount of compensation will cover, both hands or one hand amputation or if the hand becomes completely useless.|
|Hand Injury||Serious||£29,000 to £61,910||Likely to have seen a reduction in capacity by 50 per cent. Several fingers may have been amputated and re-joined, leaving a clawed or unsightly hand.|
|Elbow Injury||Severely disabling||£39,170 to £54,830||Complete restriction in movement of the elbow that has resulted in a disability or that has required surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or minor||Up to £12,590||Restriction in the movement of the arm due to injury of the elbow.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe||£47,620 to £59,860||No wrist function at all.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£38,780 to £69,730||Severe back injuries to the upper or lower part of the back, maybe causing paralysis or any issues relating to the organs within the lower part of the body.|
|Back Injury||Minor||Up to £12,510||Soft tissue, slipped disc, muscle pain would gain this amount of compensation.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£12,510 to £27,760||This amount of compensation may cover ligament or soft tissue to the back, constant pain and /or discomfort.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Severe||£59,860 to £100,670||Debilitating symptoms, impacting work life, social life, and relationships with family and friends. Prognosis for recovery is likely to be poor, with symptoms having some permanency.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Less severe||£3,950 to £8,180||Minor symptoms that resolve in full within a short space of time.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Very severe||£29,780 to £97,330||Scarring and facial disfigurement could warrant this amount of compensation. The severity will determine how much.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less severe||£17,960 to £48,420||These
compensation estimates cover brakes and fractures to the facial area such as the nose.
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less significant||£3,950 to £13,740||Compensation amounts for scarring. Please note women tend to receive larger payouts for scarring than men.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£26,190 to £43,460||Disability due to injury to the knee, severe damage to muscle, soft tissue and also muscle wastage.
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £26,190||Injury to the knee that is painful but will recover within time so the knee has a full normal working function.|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||Restriction in movement, limb numbness or paralysis due to injury in the shoulder and neck.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Tissue damage to neck that may last for quite a while which restricts movement in the arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||Soft tissue damage that will recover within the year or just over, that causes moderate pain.|
If the type of accident that caused your injury is not discussed here, do not worry. This only represents a few of the types of claims we can help you with.
Industrial disease claims
When making a personal injury claim for industrial disease or illness, you may be doing so months or years after you were initially exposed to the cause of your disease, illness, or injury. In many cases, you will be claiming compensation from a previous employer, perhaps even one that is no longer in business. As long as the condition was diagnosed in the last three years, we can help you.
Some of the most recurrent types of industrial disease are;
- HAVS or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome,
- Respiratory diseases such as asthma,
- Acoustic damage to the eardrums,
- Lung cancer or other similar lung conditions
Medical negligence claims
Medical negligence claims deal with situations where the treatment provided by a medical professional to you has caused you to harm in some way. They may have made your condition worse or have caused you a new or different injury or illness. Regardless, they’re situations that Shoreham By Sea personal injury solicitors can help you claim compensation for. Common examples of clinical or medical negligence include the following;
- Providing an incorrect diagnosis or misdiagnosing a condition.
- Diagnosing your condition too late.
- Mistakes and errors during surgery
- Harm caused by poor overall standards of care or a lack of hygiene, such as a new infection.
Slip, trip and fall claims
Slip, trip, and fall claims are some of the most frequent and common types of injury for which people make compensation claims. Some of the most frequent causes of this type of injury which we see are;
- Slips caused by spillages or leaks in a retailer, cafe, or other establishment serving foods,
- Trips and falls caused by damaged paving slabs,
- Falls caused by poor lighting in stairways,
- Faulty handrails on staircases.
If you were injured by tripping over, contact our team to check whether you have the right to claim damages from someone for your injury.
Serious injury claims
When people make a claim, one of the first things done is to organise an assessment of their injuries. This helps to establish how serious they are and assess how much compensation they could be awarded. The more serious the injury, the higher that settlement may be. Whilst there is no legal definition of what a serious injury may be, injuries that cause serious and very long term consequences for the victim and those around them are considered serious.
Examples of what could be considered a serious injury could be;
- The loss of part of or a whole limb,
- Paralysis through part of a limb, a whole limb, part of your body, or your whole body,
- A serious injury to the head or the brain.
These may be more complicated cases. To make a serious injury claim, find more information in this guide.
Claiming compensation for an accident at work in Shoreham-by-Sea
All employers have a duty of care and an obligation to keep their employees safe, whether in the workplace or other locations they are sent to for work. To do so, they should review and keep up to date with the latest process and procedures produced by the Health and Safety Executive. Their recommendations include advice on proper training and equipment to be provided to staff. When followed, accidents in the workplace should only happen rarely.
As can be seen from the statistics in the table below, workplace accidents can and still do happen. Suppose you have sustained an injury because your employer breached their responsibility to keep you safe. In that case, our personal injury solicitors that cover Shoreham By Sea could help you make a compensation claim.
Workplace accident statistics for West Sussex
This table presents statistics for the number of employees who have been harmed in the workplace by the cause of the accident in West Sussex. Data for accidents at work such as these covers the period between 2011 and 2014.
|Cause of accident||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Not recorded/ reported||13||19||18|
|Fall - heights||15||7||7|
|Fall - same level||46||41||40|
|Struck by object||10||14||13|
|Crush injuries (collapsing object)||2||0||0|
It is easy to see that slips, trips, and falls on the same level are the most common cause of accidents every three years.
Claiming compensation for an accident on the road in Shoreham-by-Sea
If you have been hurt whilst travelling in a vehicle, you may be able to make a No Win No Fee car accident claim. In the UK, 1,793 people were killed on the road network in 2017. If you were injured in road traffic in Shoreham-by-Sea or West Sussex, please contact our team to see if you can make a No Win No Fee car accident claim for the likes of whiplash.
As long as you were not responsible for the road traffic accident, and even in cases where you were partially responsible for an accident, you could claim damages. If the other driver was driving dangerously, speeding, or driving under the influence of alcohol, you may also be able to make a criminal injury claim against them.
West Sussex vehicle accident and injury statistics
This second table contains dates for the number of people either seriously hurt, or who died in vehicle accidents in West Sussex in the given years.
No Win No Fee injury compensation claims
What is a No Win No Fee agreement? A No Win No Fee agreement is a way to taking legal action against a person, body, or organisation which has caused you harm, without you have to pay potentially expensive legal costs at the start of a claim. It is there to remove the barriers to taking legal action, which might prevent people from holding those responsible to account and getting the damages they are owed.
No Win No Fee rates and charges
The way that charges work in this type of claim is that you will not have anything to pay before your case is resolved. If it ends with you not being awarded compensation, there is nothing to pay at all. If you are, you will pay a pre-agreed percentage of the settlement to the solicitor. There are legal limits to how much the solicitor can charge as a percentage of the final award. And in recent years the there has been an uplift in the amount of compensation paid out to take these fees into account.
Where to find out more before making your claim
Before you are ready to begin your injury claim and get in contact with our team, you can also review more guides across our site where you can find out information on specific types of injury or causes of accidents. You may even find other instances in your life where you could claim, provided they happened in the last three years. Across our website, we have a huge number of different guides to help you find out more about using Shoreham By Sea personal injury solicitors.
Whether you want to get in contact to discuss your case and individual legal needs or want to start your personal injury claim, we are ready to answer your questions. There are several ways you can talk to our team;
- You can write to us using our email address, email@example.com, or use our online contact form.
- You can speak to us by calling 0800 073 8804
- Or you can chat with us through the online support feature found on the right-hand side of every page on our site.
Whatever method you choose to get in touch with our specialist team, we are here to answer your questions and queries. We look forward to talking to you.
Local services you may need and further guides
In this guide, we have provided all the information which you need to get your claim started and to make a better-informed decision about how to go about doing so. To help you both in the immediate aftermath of an accident and over the longer term, we have included services you may need to use. We also point you to other guides from our site.
Shoreham Police Station
Tel: 01273 475432
Hove Crown Court
Tel: 01273 229200
Upper Shoreham Road,
Accidents In The Workplace
This guide takes you through everything you need to know about claiming for an accident in the workplace.
Road Traffic Accident Claims
This guide will take you through the main points you need to know if you have been involved in a general road traffic accident.
Other Useful Compensation Guides
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- Rochester Personal Injury Solicitors
- Rugby Personal Injury Solicitors
- Runcorn Personal Injury Solicitors
- Salford Personal Injury Solicitors
- Scarborough Personal Injury Solicitors
- What Is The Personal Injury Claims Process?
- Shrewsbury Personal Injury Solicitors
- Broken Rib Injury Claims
Shoreham By Sea Personal Injury Solicitors FAQs
So, what must I do to win my claim?
You need to provide conclusive evidence that the defendant was indeed responsible for your injuries.
How do I do this?
This is about proving that the defendant breached their duty of care towards you, causing a preventable accident that injured you.
What evidence do I require for my claim to succeed?
You could benefit from witness statements, CCTV footage, photographs from the scene and a medical report.
So, what is the significance of the medical report?
An independent medical evaluation could confirm your injuries and possibly connect the accident and your injuries.
But what if I had a medical assessment at the time?
You should still have an up-to-date check because your condition may be different and possibly worse than at the time.
Does the severity of the injuries determine the validity of my claim?
No, because you can claim for any injuries of significance, though you get more compensation for severe injuries.
What is a care claim?
This is a separate strand of the claim that you file in relation to the costs of care that you receive while recovering.
And what could the care claim include?
This covers gracious care from relatives and friends along with hiring a carer and hiring people to handle chores such as gardening.
Thank you for reading our Shoreham By Sea personal injury solicitors guide.