Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?
If you were injured or became ill due to another party's negligence, we're here to help.
How can we help
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 exceptions?
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:
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 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 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
- 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:
Road accident claims in Chatham
Drivers may be able to make a claim for compensation if they have been injured on Chatham's roads because of someone else's actions.
Whether you were hurt in a collision on a roundabout, or were injured as a pedestrian on Chatham's roads, this road accident compensation guide explains what you need to know about what to do.Road accident claims
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 you are a security guard injured in the line of duty or an estate agent injured on a property viewing, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.Work accident claims
Other injury claim types
Injuries in a public place
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.
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
More injury claim types
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
Chatham 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, Chatham 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 Chatham, 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.
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.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
if you can claim
to start a claim
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
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.
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.
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.