A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Folkestone or anywhere else in the UK, our injury solicitors will take on your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Compensation claims must be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred in the majority of cases.

To win a Folkestone personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

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

Making your claim sooner will enable supporting witness statements to be collected by your solicitor.

Compensation calculator

The compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our online claim calculator gives you an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Folkestone

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants injured at work, from gardeners to ergonomists, to seek financial compensation. Injury and illness figures in the Shepway local authority reported in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in Shepway Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electrical injury200
Machinery related injury141
Explosion related200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. pesticide related illnesses)300
Fall from height (ladder)599
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)020
Lifting and carrying381616
Physical attack253
Slip, trip, fall same level522931
Struck against920
Struck by moving vehicle012
Struck by object7107
Crushed by something collapsing200

See: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Folkestone

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of no win, no fee injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in achieving the best awards for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Folkestone.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Folkestone are reasonably common with statistics showing a total of 5830 accidents (5236 slight accidents, 546 serious accidents and 48 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kent local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 6,303. Accidents in the Folkestone region in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A260 and A259 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A2034 and A20 crossroads.

See: Road accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical and medical negligence in Folkestone

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you just want a better understanding of events as opposed to financial compensation. To make a formal complaint against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

See: Medical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help claimants with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from noise induced hearing loss to asthma caused by isocyanates.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Slips and trips

HSE figures indicate that employee slips and trips are the most frequent accident at work in Kent in 2015. These types of accident are quite often connected to injuries attributed to other causes like being hit by a runaway vehicle or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Shepway local authority) litigation for injuries like broken wrists experienced on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with street falls having occurred on Sandgate Road and on Cheriton High St.

Serious injury lawyers in Folkestone

The lasting impact of serious injury will be acknowledged by Courts when determining injury compensation. A successful claim will lessen the financial burden on an injured claimant so they can prioritise recovery. Quittance's panel of law firms communicate with the other side's legal representatives and insurers, helping to ensure claimants affected by serious accidents receive medical and financial support.

See: Serious injury compensation

Folkestone 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 Folkestone and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Folkestone, from fast track whiplash cases to serious road injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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 Folkestone?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Folkestone, Kent and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Kent seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to slips and trips at work.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and expert advice, mean that claiming compensation is as stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Help for those seeking an injury lawyer

Finding the most suitable solicitor to help you is the most important step towards successfully claiming the highest compensation settlement for your injuries.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Folkestone (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015 database) - how can you make certain you instruct the most appropriate law firm to represent you?

Folkestone personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can differ.

Reading reviews can be revealing when weighing up which solicitor to choose.

Read Personal injury solicitors reviews

The contrast in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums charged by lawyers working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is vast

E.g. the amount retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of ?8,650 for a fractured index finger can vary from ?5,190 to ?7,353.

Further reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Will you need a local Folkestone solicitor ?

Going for a local firm is not relevant as cases are run by phone and email.

You will need to go with a solicitors practice that offers medical facilities near Folkestone as claimants will almost always have to go to a medical examination.

Read about - Do you have a medical centre in or near Folkestone?

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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