Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

We have helped injured people in Gravesend, Kent and across the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the type of illness or injury, whether there was a criminal incident or whether there is sufficient evidence to support your claim.

A short phone consultation will tell you whether you can claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online 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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Gravesend road accident claims

Drivers and other road users have a right to claim compensation if they have been injured on Gravesend's roads due to another party's actions.

Whether you were hurt in a crash on the motorway, or were involved in a motorbike accident, our expert team are here. This guide explains what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Gravesend

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any losses or expenses.

No matter what your employment status, whether you fractured a bone or have been exposed to toxic chemicals, our work injury claim guide explains your rights and to make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Injuries in a public place

Officially reported statistics highlight the fact that employee slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Kent workplace in 2014/15. These types of accident are sometimes connected to injuries filed under a different category such as being struck by moving machinery, a fall from a height or an exposure to fire accident. Public place (Gravesham local authority) claims for injuries like broken arms experienced on slippery pavements are also common with pavement trips having happened on Singlewell Rd and on Old Rd West.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when a person suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want answers as opposed to a compensation award. For example, you can write to Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent, to raise a complaint against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The Courts recognise that a serious injury has a significant effect on an injured person. Damages should ease the financial load on a claimant and their dependants enabling them to focus on rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of lawyers for many years have helped claimants impacted by serious accidents and injuries.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Gravesend 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, Gravesend 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 Gravesend, 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 fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Can Quittance help me?

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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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance handled many Gravesend claims?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps injured people in Gravesend, Kent and across the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

We have helped 100's of injured claimants in Kent get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from injuries sustained from a fall at work to car accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Do I need to go with a local Gravesend injury lawyer ?

The location of the solicitor is less important as injury cases are normally run by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a company that has medical facilities near Gravesend as you will be expected to attend a medical examination.

See - What is the process for attending a medical?

Read Gravesend solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by solicitors, as with any service, can vary.

Online reviews can be helpful when weighing up which solicitor to select.

Read more Personal injury lawyer reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Gravesend

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Gravesend are common. Government statistics reveal a total of 5830 accidents (5236 slight accidents, 546 serious accidents and 48 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kent local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 6,303. Incidents in the Gravesend area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A2 and A227 slip road and on the dual carriageway of the A2 and A226 slip road.

Our network of specialist road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury lawyers have years of experience in achieving the highest awards for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Gravesend.

Work accident statistics in Gravesend

The latest 2019 accident statistics for the Gravesham Local Authority (2013/14) reported in accordance with legislation by the Health and Saftey Executive in the following table:

Workplace accidents in Gravesham Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other8
Electrocution0
Machinery related injury2
Exposed to explosion0
Exposed to fire1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)0
Fall from height (scaffolding)7
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)1
Lifting15
Physical assault2
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)28
Struck against6
Struck by moving vehicle0
Struck by object4
Trapped under falling object0

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.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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