A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Ashford or anywhere in the country, our expert injury solicitors can handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 12, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Find out if you have a claimUse our online claim checker

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what is important in these situations.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be proven that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

The lawyer can take you through each of these key points and should look at how they apply in your case.

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How much can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our injury calculator provides a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Ashford are relatively frequent. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 5223 accidents (4624 slight accidents, 581 serious accidents and 18 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Surrey local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 5,408. Accidents in Ashford in 2013 included crashes on the A20 and A251 roundabout and on the A20 and A292 roundabout.

Quittance's network of proficient no win, no fee legal advisors have vast experience in negotiating the highest compensation for Claimants who have been injured in a car or motorbike crash in Ashford.

See: Road accident compensation

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Work accident claims in Ashford

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for Claimants injured at work, from members of the Royal Navy to agricultural managers, to claim injury compensation. Work accident data in the Ashford local authority collated under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Workplace accidents in Ashford Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Other251724
Electric shock injury100
Machinery related634
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)411
Fall from height131014
Animal related522
Manual handling483127
Physical attack10711
Slip, trip, fall same level594034
Struck against747
Struck by moving vehicle211
Struck by object241213

See: Work accident compensation

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Other claims

Clinical negligence in Ashford

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are just looking for the hospital to explain what happened instead of a compensation award, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to raise a complaint against Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Customer Care Team, Trinity House, 110-120 Upper Pemberton, Ashford, Kent.

See: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

HSE data highlight the fact that employee slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Surrey in 2015. These types of accident are sometimes related to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by a falling object, a fall from a ladder or an animal related accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like broken shoulders occurring on potholes are also quite prevalent with slips and trips having occurred on Tufton Street and on Bockhanger Parade.

Serious injury specialists in Ashford

The Quittance team understand the critical change injury compensation makes to the lives of people whose lives have been affected by serious and catastrophic injury.

By relieving the pressure catastrophic and serious injury puts on a Claimant and their dependants, a compensation claim enables them to focus on recovery.

Our network of law firms have helped families recover compensation for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and illnesses categorised as serious and catastrophic include brain tumours, major surgical negligence and chronic pain.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

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Ashford No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Ashford and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet the team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Ashford, from short-term injury cases to long term industrial disease. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their success rate in winning claims and their specialist expertise.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do your solicitors have of claims in Ashford?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of SRA regulated solicitors that helps injured people in Ashford, Kent and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have helped 100's of claimants in Kent seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, make our claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.

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FAQs

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Choosing the most appropriate law firm for your legal matter is a critical step towards receiving the best compensation settlement for your accident.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Ashford (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority website in 2015), how do you make sure you select the most appropriate law firm to instruct?

Do you need a local Ashford legal firm ?

The location of a law firm is less relevant as cases can be handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to select a law firm that offers medical facilities near you as you will have to attend a medical exam.

More details : Can I attend a medical centre near me?

The disparity in the level of success fees between different law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is surprising.

For example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person who was awarded ?56,349 for very serious leg injuries leaving permanent problems might vary from ?33,809 to ?47,896.

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Reviews for injury lawyers in Ashford

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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