A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Deal or anywhere in the country, our expert solicitors will take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

In the majority of cases, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It must be shown that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Starting your claim as soon as possible should allow the lawyer to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

Compensation Calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of factors. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Deal

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of certified road traffic accident lawyers have a wealth of experience in getting the highest compensation for people who have been injured in a car accident in Deal.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Deal are relatively frequent with 48 fatal accidents, 546 serious accidents and 5236 slight accidents in 2013 in Kent (Total events were 5830 local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 6,303.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Deal

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted self employed and employed people hurt in an accident, from members of the air force to construction managers, to secure financial compensation awards. Work injury data for the Dover local authority are listed under reporting legislation by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Dover Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related833
Exposed to fire012
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)300
Fall from height (ladder)12913
Injured by an animal200
Lifting and handling injuries332616
Physical assault953
Slip, trip or fall543729
Struck against433
Struck by moving vehicle125
Hit by falling object24612
Trapped by something collapsing102

Find out more: Accident at work compensation claim

Other claims we handle

Clinical and medical negligence in Deal

Medical negligence is the term for when a person sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. If you have been injured by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you just want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of financial damages. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury specialists serving Deal

The effect a serious or catastrophic injury can have will be understood by insurers and the Courts when calculating how much compensation to pay. A successful claim should ease the financial burden on an injured claimant and their dependants so they can prioritise recovery.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries including anything from dermatitis claims to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Saftey Executive data reveal that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent accident at work in Kent. Slips and trips are frequently the initiators of accidents recorded in another category e.g. being hit by tools in use, a fall from height or a harmful substance accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like fractured vertebrae occurring on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with slips and trips having occurred on Sandwich Road and on Queen Street.

Deal No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Deal and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Deal, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of experience.

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

How much experience do you have of claims in Deal?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that helps claimants in Deal, Kent and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of people across Kent seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on building sites and cycling accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Advice for injured people searching for a lawyer

In most cases a compensation claim can take months to agree a settlement. In serious injury cases, some claims can take over a year. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is an important first step.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

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 severe pain disorder could vary between ?34,100 and ?50,930 (based on 2015 market research).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Check Deal personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by solicitors can vary enormously.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be revealing when contemplating which solicitor to act for you.

See Personal injury solicitors reviews

Are Deal claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

You do not need to select a law firm near you.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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