A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you have been injured due to your employer's negligence, a road accident in Kent or any other injury, you could be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries, lost earnings, treatment costs and other losses.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

You should make your claim within three years of the date of your injury.

If you have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses, such as RSI or work-related cancer, you may still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago.

Your solicitor must prove three elements:

  • It needs to be demonstrated that the person or company who caused your injury owed you a duty of care,
  • that this duty of care was breached, and,
  • this breach caused your illness or injury.

Getting your claim started sooner should enable your lawyer to gather evidence and witness statements.

How much compensation can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of criteria. Our online injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

Work accident claims in Kent

Worker injured in accident

Wherever in Kent you work, and whatever the circumstances of your work accident, we can help you claim compensation.

There were 1,676 non-fatal work accidents in Kent in 2016, and two fatal accidents.

In accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, the table below shows the most common causes of work-related injury:

Work accidents in Ashford Local Authority (HSE) 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Other 25 17 24
Electric shock injury 1 0 0
Machinery related 6 3 4
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC) 4 1 1
Fall from height 13 10 14
Animal related 5 2 2
Manual handling 48 31 27
Physical attack 10 7 11
Slip, trip, fall same level 59 40 34
Struck against 7 4 7
Struck by moving vehicle 2 1 1
Struck by object 24 12 13

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Road traffic accident claims in Kent

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents across Kent, involving all categories of vehicle, are common.

Statistics from accidents reported to the police show that there were 4,428 road accidents in Kent in 2016, including 326 on the M2, M20 and M27 motorways.

Our panel of expert road traffic accident lawyers have vast experience in obtaining compensation for injured road users. We can help you make a claim for road accident compensation.

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Other claims we handle

Kent serious injury compensation

We understand the critical difference that compensation can make to those whose lives have been impacted by serious and long-term injury.

Our panel of expert lawyers, including Kevin Walker and Rahki Chauhan, work with doctors, health professionals and insurance providers to ensure claimants get the legal and medical support they need.

Injuries and illnesses which are considered to be catastrophic or serious include eye injuries, poisoning and birth negligence.

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Medical negligence in Kent

Clinical negligence is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of a compensation award, you could make a formal complaint. To make a complaint against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, for example, you can write to Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

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Industrial disease

We can help you claim work-related compensation for a range of industrial illnesses, from mesothelioma to chromium-related illnesses and poisoning.

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Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Safety statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the South East England workplace in 2014/15.

Public place accident claims involving injuries like sprains, fractures and soft tissue injuries occurring on poorly-maintained pavements are also quite common.

Kent No Win, No Fee Solicitors

'No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Kent and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Kent, from fast track whiplash cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims and their level of experience.

Meet more of the QLS 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 Kent claims?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of expert personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Kent and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of people across Kent get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from motorbike pillion passenger accidents to accidents on building sites.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

FAQs

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 takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How to choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your circumstances

It can take many months for the majority of claims to have a settlement negotiated. Matters involving disputed liability or severe injury can take much longer. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your experience of making a claim, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is vital.

The diversity in the amount of fees taken between different solicitors working on No Win No Fee agreements can be significant.

Additional reading How much can you claim?

Will you need to instruct a local solicitor ?

The location of the law firm is not especially important as injury cases are conducted without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice that offers national medical centres as you will almost always be expected to go to a medical exam.

More details - Do I have to attend a medical?

Comparing injury solicitors in Kent - online reviews

Speaking to a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit.

Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

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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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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