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

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

How we can help

Each year, we help injured claimants in Folkestone, Kent and across the UK get compensation for:

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured or made ill in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In reality, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident, the location of the injury or whether liability can be proved.

A brief phone call will let you know 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 Claim Checker:

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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

Injury compensation calculator

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 Folkestone

Drivers and other road users can claim compensation if they are hurt on Folkestone's roads as the result of another party's negligence.

It does not matter if you were involved as a pedestrian on Folkestone's roads, or were a passenger in a car accident, our useful guide sets out what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Folkestone

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any costs incurred as a result of your accident.

No matter what you do for a living, whether you had a fall or have been diagnosed with a work-related illness, our work injury claim guide explains your rights and to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Public place accidents

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.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

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

Industrial disease claims

Folkestone 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, Folkestone 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 Folkestone, 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.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What should I do next?

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.

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FAQs

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.

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?

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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.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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*

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?

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.

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

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.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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