A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Dover or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced personal injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a compensation claim?

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, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

People with certain illnesses or conditions like industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what matters in such cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Answers and both practical and legal advice will be provided by a brief, no-obligation consultation with an expert Dover solicitor.

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Dover

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for contractors, self employed or employed claimants, from office workers to dramatherapists, to claim maximum compensation. Work injury statistics in the Dover local authority are listed in accordance with regulations by the Government as follows:

HSE reported work accidents in Dover Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
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

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Road traffic accident claims in Dover

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Dover are relatively frequent. Officially reported accident data shows 48 fatal accidents, 546 serious accidents and 5236 slight accidents in 2013 in Kent (Total events were 5830 council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 6,303.

Our panel of trained no win, no fee legal advisors are experienced in securing maximum awards for anyone who has sustained an injury in a road accident in Dover.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Government figures highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common accident at work in Kent. Slips, trips and falls are frequently connected to injuries categorised as something else for instance being hit by an object falling from a vehicle or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place claims for injuries like broken ankles happening on slippery pavements are also common with pothole trips having happened on London Road and on Chilton Way.

Dover serious injury compensation

Courts recognise that a serious injury can have a life-altering impact on an individual and their dependants.

Quittance fight to achieve the maximum compensation for serious injuries. This includes claiming for the cost of ongoing treatment and care. Our network of specialist law firms for many years have helped claimants affected by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries and illnesses considered to be serious include chemical poisoning, cerebral palsy and brain tumours.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from mesothelioma to benzene poisoning.

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Clinical negligence in Dover

Clinical negligence is the term used when someone is injured as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

You could make a formal complaint if you are just looking for answers instead of injury compensation. For example, to make a formal complaint against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

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Dover 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 Dover and throughout the UK.

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Meet the team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Dover, from less severe claims to catastrophic injury. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning claims.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in Dover?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of expert personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in Dover, Kent and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants across Kent get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents on building sites and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your claim

Choosing the best lawyer to help you is your most important step towards securing the best settlement or award for your injuries.

With over 100 offices within a 25 radius of Dover (according to the 2015 SRA database) - how do you ensure you select the most appropriate company to act for you?

Are Dover claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a personal injury solicitor near you.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that should be carried out locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Check Dover personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by lawyers can vary.

Researching online reviews can certainly be revealing if you are attempting to decide which lawyer to instruct.

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The difference in the amount of insurance premiums and success fees between solicitors is quite significant

E.g. the amount retained by a successful claimant awarded ?7,905 for serious hand injuries with full or close to full recovery might vary from ?4,743 to ?6,719.

Additional reading How much compensation can you claim?

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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