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

Has your life or ability to work been affected by your injury? Our personal injury specialists can help.

If someone else was responsible for your accident or injuries, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

What happened?

Depending on how your injury happened, the compensation claims process will vary. A specialist solicitor will guide you through the stages of making a claim.

Please select how you were injured:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

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

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

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

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

A brief phone call will let you know whether you have a valid compensation claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Claim Checker.

How long does a child have to start a claim?

Claimants who were injured as a child have until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own behalf. As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can act as a 'litigation friend' and instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of your child.

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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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

Calculate my injury compensation

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.

Road accident claims in Maidstone

Road accidents in Maidstone are quite common. Government data indicates there were 4288 road accidents in Kent in 2021; 3539 slight accidents, 697 accidents and 52 fatalities. Incidents in Maidstone in 2013 included collisions on the dual carriageway of the M20 and A249 roundabout and on the A229 and B2012 roundabout.

You can claim compensation if you were injured as a driver or passenger and another road user was liable. You can also claim compensation if you were injured as a motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian.

Regardless of whether you were involved in a hit-and-run, or were a passenger in a car accident, our specialist team are here. Our expert guide explains what you need to do to make a road accident compensation claim.

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Road accident compensation claims

Maidstone work injury claims

Maidstone Health and Safety Executive data for 2021 revealed there were 125 non-fatal and 0 fatal work accidents. The injured worker was required to take 7 or more days off work in 92 cases.

Have you been injured at work and your employer, or another member of staff, was responsible? If so you may be able to claim compensation through their liability insurance.

Employers owe a duty of care to their staff. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a doctor or a crane operator, our work injury claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.

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How common are work accidents in Maidstone?

HSE-reported work accidents in MaidstoneReported Injuries
Undetermined9%
Electric shock injury1%
Machinery related injury5%
Fire related (e.g. burns)1%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)1%
Fall from height9%
Injured by an animal3%
Lifting and handling injuries13%
Assault12%
Slip, trip, fall same level31%
Struck against3%
Hit by vehicle2%
Struck by object12%
Trapped underneath something0%

Maidstone medical negligence claims

Medical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against one of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Maidstone, including Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (Farm Villa, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent).

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Clinical negligence compensation

Maidstone public place injury claims

Claims for injuries that occur on property or land owned by somebody else are called occupiers' liability claims.

Whether your accident happened in an office or in a playground, you could be able to start an injury claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in a public place, we can help.

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Serious injury claims

A serious or catastrophic injury is an injury that leads to life-changing disability or requires long-term treatment and recovery. Serious injuries include paraplegia, spinal and brain damage and amputations. Loss of sight, other injuries to the senses, and long-term health issues are also considered to be life-altering injuries.

If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.

A claim will ease the financial burden, helping you and your family to focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert personal injury lawyers coordinate with insurance providers and medical professionals, so you get the rounded support you need.

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Will I have to visit my solicitor's office?

When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.

On a quick phone call with a friendly advisor, you can explain what happened and find out if you may have a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim.

If you decide to make a compensation claim, your solicitor will take you through the process over the phone. You will be able to speak to your solicitor at any stage and you wlll receive regular updates.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Maidstone and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

Have you helped many injury claimants in Maidstone?

We assist 100's of injured claimants in Maidstone and Kent every year.

Your solicitor will fight hard to win your case and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured due to a negligent diagnosis or on public transport.

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Maidstone injury solicitor reviews

All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Despite the strict professional standards that lawyers must meet, the quality of service they deliver can vary. Personal recommendations, word of mouth and online reviews can make it easier to select which solicitor is the right fit for your claim.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor