Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

Our personal injury experts are here to help, so you can focus on your recovery.

If you have been injured and you think it is someone else's fault, you could make a claim for financial compensation.

Every year, we help hundreds of people in Chatham, Kent and across the UK claim compensation for:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

The basic criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or whether there is an untraceable defendant.

A short phone call will tell you whether you can claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant Claim Checker.

Can a child claim injury compensation?

As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.

Anyone who was injured either during their birth or as a child can start a claim themselves once they turn 18 years old.

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Child injury compensation claims

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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 Chatham

All road users in Chatham and across the UK, owe a legal duty of care to each other, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. If someone else was to blame for your injury, you may be able to claim compensation.

Whether you were hurt in a collision on a roundabout, or were injured as a pedestrian, this road accident compensation guide explains what you need to know about making a claim.

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work accident claims in Chatham

You may be enttitled to make a work accident claim if you've been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

Whether your accident happened while working as a crane operator or an HGV driver, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.

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Work accident compensation claims

Clinical negligence claims 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 expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from one of the clinics and NHS trusts covering Chatham, including Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent).

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Clinical negligence compensation

Occupiers liability injury claims in Chatham

By law, an individual or organisation that owns or occupies a property has a responsibility for the safety of anyone who visits it.

Whether you were hurt in a playground or in a train station, and someone else was at fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

If you have been injured in an accident in a public place we can help you make an injury claim for financial compensation.

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Public place accident compensation claims

Serious injury compensation claims

Any injury or long-lasting health condition that has had a life-altering effect on your life and ability to work may be referred to as a 'serious injury'. Examples include brain injuries, amputations or paraplegia. Facial scarring, injuries to the senses, and health conditions such as Chronic Pain Syndrome are also considered to be life-altering injuries.

Your solicitor will liaise with doctors, health professionals and insurance providers to ensure you receive the care you need. Serious injury compensation will help to reduce the impact of bills and other expenses, so you can concentrate on your recovery.

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Serious and catastrophic injury compensation

Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No.You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical assessment, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery. Our personal injury solicitor panel helps claimants in Chatham, and across the UK.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Chatham No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Chatham injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Chatham, Kent and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal 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.

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Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 you will have nothing to pay.

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Making a No Win, No Fee claim

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Chatham and cross the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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FAQs

Have you helped many Chatham injury claimants?

We help 100's of injured workers, road users and other claimants in Chatham and Kent every year.

A specialist solicitor will fight hard to settle your claim and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured at work or in a supermarket.

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.

Chatham injury solicitor reviews

All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Despite the strict professional standards that lawyers must meet, the quality of service they deliver can vary.

Online reviews can help you to select which solicitor is the right fit for your claim.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

What are Chatham road accident statistics?

Vehicle accidents in Chatham are relatively common. Official 2021 data recorded 4288 road accidents in Kent (3539 slight accidents, 697 accidents and 52 fatalities). 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.

What are the statistics for work accidents in Chatham?

There were 2 fatalities and 1091 other work accidents in Kent in 2021.

Kent work accidents (HSE)Reported Injuries
Not specified11%
Electrocution0%
Machinery related injury2%
Exposed to explosion0%
Exposed to fire0%
Exposure to toxic substance0%
Fall from height9%
Injured by an animal0%
Lifting and handling injuries22%
Physical attack9%
Slip, trip, fall same level32%
Struck against4%
Struck by moving vehicle1%
Struck by object9%
Trapped by something collapsing0%

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator