A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Hythe or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury solicitors will assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Compensation claims must be made within a three-year window in most cases.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that matters.

To win a Hythe personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

The lawyer will explain how these issues will relate to your claim.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Work accident claims in Hythe

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from lathe operators to hydrologists, to claim compensation. Injury and illness information in the Shepway local authority collated in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE as follows:

Work accidents in Shepway Local Authority (RIDAGGR)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

Further information: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Hythe

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of best of breed no win no fee injury solicitors have vast experience in negotiating optimum compensation for claimants injured in a car or motorbike crash in Hythe.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Hythe are not uncommon. Official statistics show 48 fatal accidents, 546 serious accidents and 5236 slight accidents in 2013 in Kent (Total events were 5830 local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 6,303.

Further information: Road accident compensation

Other claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) figures demonstrate that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of injury at work in Kent. These types of accident are frequently the cause of injuries categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by material under pressure, being trapped by something collapsing or a toxic substance accident. Public liability claims for injuries such as bruised legs happening on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with recent trips having occurred on Sandgate Road and on Cheriton High St.

Hythe serious injury compensation claims

The long-term effect of a serious or catastrophic injury will be acknowledged by Courts when determining injury compensation. Quittance work hard for maximum compensation for serious injuries, including compensation for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Our network of expert lawyers for many years have helped families impacted by serious accidents. Injuries held to be serious and catastrophic include chemical poisoning and multiple fractures.

Further information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that range from bladder cancer to asthma caused by flour.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Hythe

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone suffers injury or illness due to a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been injured by medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are only looking for closure or answers instead of claiming compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To make a complaint against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, for example, you can write to Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

Further information: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Hythe No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Hythe and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Hythe, 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 recovering compensation.

To meet more of our team, click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

Have you handled many Hythe claims?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of specialist personal injury lawyers that helps claimants in Hythe, Kent and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Kent seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car passenger accidents and injuries sustained from a fall at work.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

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.

Finding the right personal injury solicitor for your compensation claim

Identifying the best PI lawyer to act for you is a key step towards getting the best compensation settlement.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Hythe - what is the best way to ensure you choose the best solicitors' practice to represent you?

Are Hythe claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a law firm near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Check Hythe personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by solicitors, as with any service, can vary significantly.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be enlightening if you are mulling over which solicitor to instruct.

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You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For a very severe ankle injury, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?40,480 to ?56,320 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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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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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