A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Chatham or anywhere in the country, our expert lawyers are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, we can assist you with a compensation claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Injury claims should, in most cases, be made within three years of an injury.

For most claims, making a successful claim has three key components. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Your lawyer will explain how your case will relate to these issues.

Calculate my compensation

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use claim calculator provides an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

Work accident claims in Chatham

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants, from kitchen workers to community workers, to seek financial compensation. Work accident statistics in the Medway local authority are compiled in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive:

Work accidents in Medway Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified404331
Electrocution111
Machinery related injury1265
Exposed to explosion010
Exposed to fire200
Exposure to toxic substance931
Fall from height221724
Injured by an animal131
Lifting and handling injuries1055462
Physical attack392624
Slip, trip, fall same level1267789
Struck against121210
Struck by moving vehicle763
Struck by object322326
Trapped by something collapsing221

Further information: Work injury claims

Road traffic accident claims in Chatham

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving vehicles in Chatham are reasonably common with a total of 822 accidents (766 slight accidents, 49 serious accidents and 7 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Medway local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 845. Accidents in the Chatham region in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the B2002 and A2 junction and on the single carriageway of the A231 and B2004 junction.

Quittance's group of proficient no win no fee personal injury lawyers are experienced in securing the best compensation for people injured in a road accident in Chatham.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other types of claim

Chatham serious injury compensation claims

We recognise the vital change injury compensation makes to people who have been affected by serious and catastrophic injury. By relieving the financial pressure catastrophic and serious injury imposes on an injured Claimant, compensation enables Claimants to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation. Our network of law firms have helped Claimants collect compensation for numerous catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as serious range from spinal cord damage to chemical burns.

Further information: Serious injury compensation

Slips and trips

HSE data emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent cause of injury at work in Kent. Slips and trips are quite often related to accidents categorised as another type of accident e.g. being struck by a falling object, when supporting another person or a lake drowning accident. Public liability litigation for injuries such as torn ligaments occurring on tripping on a street are also quite common with street trips having happened on High Street and in the Pentagon Centre.

Clinical negligence in Chatham

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for closure instead of financial compensation. For example, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation

Chatham No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Chatham and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national network of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Chatham, from less severe claims to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their specialist knowledge and their track record in winning cases.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

What is Quittance's track record of winning claims in Chatham?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of award winning solicitors that assists people injured in Chatham, Kent and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Kent seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and industrial disease.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

FAQs

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.

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

Choosing a suitable lawyer to act for you is an important step towards receiving the highest settlement or award for your accident.

With approximately 100 offices within a 25 radius of Chatham (according the SRA), how can you make certain you select the most appropriate solicitors' practice for your needs?

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for a fractured forearm could vary between ?5,390 and ?15,510 (based on 2015 market research).

Will I need to select a local Chatham lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby firm is not very important as cases are conducted by phone, post and email.

However, you should instruct a company that has medical facilities near Chatham as you will almost always be expected to attend an independent medical examination.

Look into Chatham personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by solicitors can vary a great deal.

Researching reviews can certainly be informative when mulling over which lawyer to instruct.

Read Solicitor reviews

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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