A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you live in Herne Bay or anywhere else in the UK, our lawyers will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, Quittance can assist you with an injury claim.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like industrial deafness may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

To win a personal injury case, it must be proven that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Your lawyer should look at how your case will relate to each of the points.

Compensation calculator

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Herne Bay

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Herne Bay are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show 48 fatal accidents, 546 serious accidents and 5236 slight accidents in 2013 in Kent (Total events were 5830 local authority. By 2014 the total had increased to 6,303.

Quittance's group of best of breed road traffic accident (RTA) lawyers have decades of experience in achieving optimum settlements for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Herne Bay.

Read more: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Herne Bay

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from metal workers to health and safety inspectors, to secure financial compensation awards. Work injury figures in the Canterbury local authority reported in accordance with RIDDOR by the Government in the following table:

HSE reported work accidents in Canterbury Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury220
Machinery related injury453
Fire related (e.g. scars)200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)1221
Fall from height (ladder)24911
Injured by an animal220
Manual handling583630
Physical assault242332
Slip, trip, fall same level654653
Struck against466
Struck by moving vehicle632
Hit by falling object331213
Trapped underneath something020

Read more: Accident at work claim

Other claims we handle

Herne Bay lawyers for serious injury compensation claims

The lasting effect of a serious injury is acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when they are determining what a claim is worth.

A claim will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on an injured claimant and their family so they can prioritise rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of law firms work with the legal system, medical professionals and insurers, helping to ensure families impacted by serious accidents and injuries get the support they need. Injuries and medical conditions which are considered to be serious range from eye injuries to hydrocarbon poisoning.

Read more: Serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from radiation exposure to asthma caused by enzymes.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Slips and trips

Officially recorded figures emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are the single most prevalent accident at work in Kent. These types of accident are frequently connected to injuries recorded in a different category like being struck by moving machinery or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place (Canterbury local authority) legal claims for injuries like fractured ankles occurring on raised kerb stones are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having occurred on Sea St and on Herne Bay Road.

Clinical and medical negligence in Herne Bay

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for closure instead of financial compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to make a formal complaint against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

Read more: Medical negligence claim

Herne Bay 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 Herne Bay and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Herne Bay and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their specialist expertise and their track record in winning cases.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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 Herne Bay?

Quittance is a national network of expert personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Herne Bay, Kent and throughout the UK, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants across Kent get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents on public transport to ladder accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How to approach choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your illness or injury

Finding the best legal representation for your case is a crucial step towards achieving the best compensation award.

How do you make certain you select the ideal firm to act for you?

The variation in success fees between different law firms is an important consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of ?15,667 for neck injuries causing spondylosis, serious limitation of movement or permanent/recurring pain could conceivably vary from ?9,400 to ?13,317.

Additional reading Compare solicitors quotes

Read Herne Bay solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary to a large extent.

Researching reviews can certainly be informative if you are deciding which lawyer to instruct.

Find out more Personal injury solicitor reviews

Do I need to choose a local Herne Bay lawyer ?

The location of a firm is not particularly important as cases are usually conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to select a firm with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will usually be expected to go to a medical assessment.

See : Do I have to attend a medical?

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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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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