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.

How can we help

We have helped injured claimants in Ashford, Kent and across the UK get compensation for:

Do I have a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident, the quantum of the claim or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.

We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Injury Claim Checker:

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

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

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

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
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Calculate my injury compensation

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:

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Road accident claims in Ashford

Drivers should be able to start a claim for compensation if they are injured on Ashford's roads because of another party's negligence.

It does not matter whether you were injured in a hit-and-run on Ashford's roads, or have been hurt in a car accident, we can help. This useful guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Ashford

Have you been injured at work and your employer was responsible? If so you may be able to claim compensation through their liability insurance.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp employed via an agency, our guide to work accident claims covers everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Public place 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.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

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

Other types of claim

Ashford 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, Ashford 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 Ashford, Kent 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.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Can Quittance help me?

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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FAQs

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.

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.

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.

Read more at Get a personal injury quote

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.

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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.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

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.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator