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

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, we can help you claim compensation.

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Every year, we help hundreds of people in Herne Bay, Kent and across the UK claim compensation for:

Can I claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

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

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. There are several other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or how close to the claim limitation date you are.

We can confirm your eligibility to claim over the phone. Speak to an expert now on 0800 612 7456. 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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Road accident claims in Herne Bay

If you were involved in an accident and injured on Herne Bay's roads as the result of another road user's actions, you have a right to claim compensation.

Regardless of whether you have suffered an injury in a hit-and-run, or were a passenger in a car accident, our expert team are here. The Quittance guide to road accident claims sets out everything you need to know about the claims process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Herne Bay

Have you suffered an injury at work and your employer, or another member of staff, was responsible? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

However your injury occurred, whether you are a vet's assistant injured by an animal or nurse injured in a hospital, our work injury claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Public place accidents

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.

Public place accident 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

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

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

Other types of claim

Herne Bay 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, Herne Bay 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 Herne Bay, 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

Our team

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

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.

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?

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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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