Personal Injury Solicitors

Accident Compensation

If an accident has happened, we are experts in the field, however you may have been effected. So if you or a loved one have been involved a Road Traffic Accident, Motorcycle or Pushbike Accident, Accident in a Public Area, Trip or Slip, Accident at Work or during Work, Dog Bite, Food Poisoning, Defective Product Injury, Accident Abroad, or anything Accident Claim related, we will gladly discuss your options with you free and without obligation.

You should always obtain expert advice where there has been a serious accident – do so as quickly as you can and before witnesses forget what happened and the evidence is lost.

Wannops has a friendly dedicated team of injury professionals who will support, update and advise you throughout the claims process. This means fighting your corner at all times, maximising your recovery on a private basis where possible, and negotiating settlement terms that will leave you feeling confident that you were right to trust us. We believe in working with our clients to achieve great results; the best compliment we can achieve is your personal recommendation. We are passionate about what we do and our service is very personable.  We aim to exceed your expectations.

In most cases we can offer a “no win no fee” arrangement, which means there is no risk to you. Other options may also be discussed and we would not proceed unless you were entirely happy with the terms we offered you. Our professional rules require that we always act in your best interests and that means letting you know if we think you may have access to better terms. For further information please click on our ‘No Win, No Fee?’ header.

Following an accident we know exactly how to secure evidence and fight your claim to achieve the best possible outcome. Being local also gives us the advantage of being able to visit witnesses and the accident scene. And claiming compensation is only part of the service that we can provide.  Our experienced lawyers could also help you to access the rehabilitation, medical help and support that you need for the best possible recovery.

To discuss your claim, please contact us and we’ll respond immediately. Wannops have offices in Chichester, Worthing, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton or if you cannot attend our offices we can arrange to see you somewhere more convenient, for example in hospital, or at your home.

Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence covers all mistakes or omissions made by medical professionals that may be deemed negligent, and which result in loss or injury. Not all mistakes/omissions are negligent. Negligence is probably best described as a failure to use the care that a normally careful person would use in the same situation. Our experienced lawyers are well versed in the protocols and processes necessary to make a Medical Negligence Claim (these days referred to as Clinical Negligence Claims).

We work according to the principles of Accident Compensation which means we are here for you and nobody else. You will be supported by an expert team working in conjunction with expert barristers and we will always welcome discussions with you on a ‘face to face’ basis.

A successful Medical Negligence claim is not just dependant on proving Negligence. There must also be an element of harm suffered in consequence of that negligence. Infrequently the harm may be psychological, such as in Delayed Cancer Diagnosis, where an Expert may consider the treatment and prognosis to be unaffected. Usually though, the harm will be physical, and well documented.

The claims we manage include Administration Delays or Administration Loss, Delayed Treatment, Surgery Leading to an Unexpected Outcome, Failure to Diagnose Correctly, Inappropriate Care, Prescription Irregularities, Birth Injuries, Dental Negligence and Delayed Cancer Diagnosis.

How the claim is funded will depend upon the circumstances under consideration. Where the claim has reasonable prospects then more often than not a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement will be available to you. For more information please click on our ‘No Win, No Fee?’ header.

Making a claim could not be easier. Just go to our ‘Have I got a claim?’ section where there is bound to be a reporting option that suits you, including direct phone call or email contact with one of our highly experienced lawyers.

Road Traffic Accidents

The definition of a road traffic accident is provided by the Civil Procedure Rules which state as follows:

CPR 45.9 (4) In this Section –

‘road traffic accident’ means an accident resulting in bodily injury to any person or damage to property caused by, or arising out of, the use of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place in England and Wales;

‘motor vehicle’ means a mechanically propelled vehicle intended for use on roads; and

‘road’ means any highway and any other road to which the public has access and includes bridges over which a road passes.

So What If?

You fall down some steps getting off a bus? This is still a Road traffic Accident.

You are run over crossing the road having run out of petrol? This is still a Road traffic Accident.

Your injury is caused by a defective engine? This is still a Road traffic Accident.

You are a delivery man and damage your back unloading some boxes? This is not a Road traffic Accident.

Whatever the seriousness of your claim you will be in safe and experienced hands with Wannops. We are set up to deal with straight forward circumstances resulting in minor injury as well as complicated multi-party accidents (with considerable liability issues) leading to serious injury and death.

Road and other accidents can sometimes cause serious psychological reactions. You might have witnessed something truly horrific, been in fear of losing your life, or experienced complete helplessness, all of which can cause emotions that may be difficult to rationalise or control. You will find us personable and empathetic and fully aware of the difficulties you may face in talking to someone about a situation you may not understand or have fully come to terms with. You will soon learn that you are not alone and that with us you are in safe hands to guide and advise you

When you instruct solicitors to pursue a claim they are required to follow a set of rules, protocols and ethics. In particular the protocols and recoverable legal costs will often vary depending upon the accident category and this is why we determine the claim type up front.

We have to prove each and every element of your claim on the balance of probability, meaning on a ‘more likely than not’ basis. Unlike the Crown in criminal proceedings, we do not have to prove liability, or the value of the claim, on a ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ basis.

Motorbike Accidents

A bike doesn’t offer you much protection in the event of a crash, even if you wear modern protective clothing. In 2016 there were 319 reported deaths arising from motorcycle accidents and 5,553 serious injuries. Motorbike accidents are rarely ‘clear cut’ when it comes to attributing blame.

Motorbikes have very different handling characteristics to cars, and are usually very powerful in comparison.  Add to these ingredients an ability to manoeuvre in and out of tight spaces and you soon find motorcyclists and other vehicles in conflict. And motorbike accidents are often very serious. A car travelling at 5 mph changing lane in high density traffic is likely to cause a passing motorcyclist significant injuries.

So you need someone in your corner without delay, particularly where you have suffered a more serious injury, or, tragically, are a surviving family member, following a fatal accident.

The police may assure you that they have everything in hand and not to worry as they will complete their investigations and determine blame. In your best interests we recommend you proceed on the following basis, either in the event of an accident or in circumstances where you are a surviving family member:

  • Fit quality dash and helmet cams. They may be the difference between a successful claim and no claim at all.
  • Following an accident, obtain names, addresses and telephone numbers for as many witnesses as you can, if you are able to do so.
  • If you can, use your phone to take photos of vehicles, debris, skid marks, location, people involved, registration numbers, anything that may later come in useful.
  • If you have friends or family visit you at the accident location, as often happens particularly if in a group of motorcycles, ask one or more of them to help if you cannot help yourself.
  • Speak with specialist solicitors as soon as possible following your accident. Whatever happens we do not recommend that you wait for the police investigation to conclude.

Handling fatal and serious motorbike accidents in West Sussex is something we do regularly, with empathy and commitment.

From the point of instruction, we will very carefully consider liability, evidence that needs to be obtained in support, expert reconstruction services necessary, requirement for attendance at an inquest, and overlap with police and CPS enquiries. Your injuries and any medical treatment to date will be recorded and irrespective of any liability issue we will work hard to persuade the defendant insurer to interact with your recovery on a private health basis.

Ultimately our aim will be to prove the defendant responsible, ensure your recovery is enhanced by private intervention, and obtain for you appropriate compensation.

Pedestrian Claims

Business owners have a duty to make sure you are safe whenever you use their premises and public bodies must make sure the highway is properly maintained but walking the streets can sometimes be dangerous!  Whether you are hit by a cyclist, collide with scaffolding or trip on a pothole, nasty injuries can be suffered. We are available to discuss, free of charge, any injury that you may have suffered whilst out and about as a pedestrian.

Vehicles hitting people can be very serious for the individual concerned. In these circumstances and as with all accidents (where relevant and you have capacity) consider the following:

  • Call the police/ambulance service on 999 in the event of injury.
  • Obtain the name and address of the driver that hit you.
  • Write down their registration.
  • Speak to any witnesses and ask for their name and addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Take photos on your phone of the vehicle and registration number and also of your own injuries.
  • Take a photo of the driver, if it’s safe to do so.
  • Look around for CCTV and as soon as practicable inform the operator so they can keep for you any relevant footage.
  • Ask if anyone has dash-cam footage of the event.
  • Make sure you tell the police/ambulance crew factually what happened.

Liability is often in issue where a person is struck whilst crossing the road. We look very closely at what the driver would have seen, how appropriate their speed was, and the actions they took to avoid colliding with a pedestrian. Having right of way does not give a motorist the right to drive into somebody on foot!

We have acted for many seriously injured individuals where they thought that their claim was unlikely to be successful, or they were told by the police it was their fault. In other circumstances our seriously injured clients have received such bad head injuries that they cannot even remember the accident and apart from what they have been told, have no knowledge of what happened to them.

Accidents at Work

Unfortunately accidents can happen anywhere even at work.  Your employer has a legal duty to train you, provide suitable work and personal protective equipment, undertake risk assessments, minimise risks to your health and safety and to provide a safe working system. For many different reasons these may not happen.

Holiday Claims

An accident or illness abroad does not just cause potentially serious symptoms but can also ruin your holiday. Holidays are an opportunity for us to relax but unfortunately despite taking it easy, many accidents or illnesses still happen. You may have been a victim of an accident which was not your fault.

Have I Got a Claim?

We are not a marketing firm (taking your details and then hoping to ‘sell’ your claim to a firm of solicitors or moving it to a panel solicitor who has purchased the rights to your postcode enquiries) and we do not have a frontline of unqualified employees deciding whether you should speak with a lawyer or not.

Whether you have a claim depends upon the circumstances leading to your injury, the date those injuries were suffered (most claims having to be concluded or litigated within 3 years of the accident date) and most importantly whether the injuries resulted from the negligence of someone who owed you a Duty of Care.

Claims can take between 3 months and 10 years to settle. The circumstances, the age of the victim, the nature/seriousness of the injuries, are all factors to be taken into account. For this reason you should have confidence and trust in your appointed lawyer before entering into any potentially long term agreement with them.

For a free no obligation discussion, please contact one of our specialist lawyers for a same working day reply.

‘No Win, No Fee?’

Once we have established that there are reasonable prospects for success, (in other words it is more likely than not that your claim will succeed) together with the injury element of the claim having a value in excess of the Small Claims Limit, we will offer you a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement (also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement).

A Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) can apply to any type of injury claim be it an accident claim or a claim resulting from Clinical Negligence.

Unlike many firms we will provide you with a clear breakdown of the terms of the agreement and the financial consequences win or lose.

Mostly speaking (unless we give you a clear warning otherwise) there is no fee in the event that the claim is lost.  

The CFA allows us to charge you for our time if the claim is successful. If the claim is unsuccessful we charge you nothing for our time.

We always notify clients where there is a financial risk (which is very rare); nothing is hidden.

In the event that your claim is successful some legal costs will be recoverable out of your compensation. The amount will be capped and you will receive the vast majority of compensation awarded no matter what amount is recovered. This means no surprise bills at conclusion and that you will always know where you stand.

Other options may be open to you such as private funding or legal expense insurance if you have any such cover under your Union, motor or household or other policies.

FAQ

There are many reasons why your solicitor may have advised you to conclude your claim but if you consider that it was too early then please contact our specialist team who will be able to consider your case and advise in relation to the settlement previously reached.

Every case is different. It is important that you take the time to gather all the appropriate evidence in your case to ensure the best possible outcome. Some cases take just a few months to complete while more complex cases can take many months. Whatever your circumstances we will always keep you informed and work with you to ensure that a claim is properly and quickly concluded.

It depends on the extent of your loss.  We will work with you to make sure that you receive the maximum compensation possible.

Our door is always open. We will take the time to listen carefully to your complaint, and work with you to establish whether your case may be taken forward in law. We pride ourselves on our professional and sympathetic approach, and we will always try to see things from your point of view.    Please call our specialist team to discuss matters further.

Usually in the case of an accident or specific event you have three calendar years from the date of the accident or event to issue Court proceedings or otherwise settle your claim, after which time your right to compensation will be lost forever.  In some cases including medical negligence cases, hospital errors, disease cases, you may three years from the date of knowledge when you became aware that you might have been the victim of negligent treatment which may provide a longer period to commence your claim. Please speak to us and we will help you to establish what your time limit actually is.

Those who were financially dependent upon the deceased may make a claim. We offer the highest quality advice to help you cope with your loss, and as part of the fatal accident claims process we will recommend support and advice services, as well as providing practical assistance. We will of course guide you carefully through the legal process at this difficult time.

Yes. We will work quickly to obtain as much help as you need to support your recovery, as quickly as possible.  The Defendant may either provide rehabilitation or fund treatment privately.

If someone else is to blame for your accident you can claim compensation which is bespoke to you. As part of the compensation you may be able to claim for both physical and psychological injury plus any expenses that you incur as a result of the accident. Each case is entirely unique and we will work with you to achieve the maximum possible compensation award for you.

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