A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

No matter whether you live in Margate or anywhere else in the UK, our solicitors can handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Injury claims should be made within a 3-year window in most cases.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

In order to win a Margate personal injury case, it must be proven that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Your lawyer will explain how your injury claim relates to the points.

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Find out how much you can claim

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Margate

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of accredited lawyers have years of experience in getting maximum compensation for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Margate.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Margate are common. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 5830 accidents (5236 slight accidents, 546 serious accidents and 48 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kent local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 6,303.

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Work accident claims in Margate

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for injured claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to manufacturing engineers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Accident at work figures for the Thanet local authority made available in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government and set out below:

Work accidents in Thanet Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)110
Machinery related745
Fire related (e.g. scars)010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)311
Fall from height (scaffolding)16179
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)002
Lifting and handling injuries503430
Physical assault171727
Slip, trip, fall same level414740
Struck against332
Struck by moving vehicle331
Hit by object1587
Trapped by something collapsing011

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Other injury claims

Medical negligence in Margate

When a person suffers injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to claiming compensation. 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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Slip and trip injuries

Officially recorded data underline the fact that employee slips and trips are still the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Kent workplace. Slips, trips and falls are often the precursor to injuries attributed to other causes such as being hit by a falling object or a toxic substance accident. Public place claims for injuries like bruised backs experienced on spillages are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on St. Mildred's Rd and on Garlinge.

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses that range from asbestos related disease to latex allergy.

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Margate serious injury claims

Courts recognise that a serious injury has a life-changing effect on a claimant and their family.

By limiting the pressure serious injury puts on an injured person and their dependants, injury compensation helps individuals to concentrate on their recovery.

Our network of lawyers correspond with insurance companies, the legal system and medical professionals to ensure claimants impacted by severe accidents get the support they need.

Read more about Catastrophic injury claims

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Margate No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Margate and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Margate, from whiplash cases to long term industrial disease. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their winning track record and their years of specialist experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What is Quittance's track record of injury claims in Margate?

We are a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Margate, Kent and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of people in Kent get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents at work to car passenger accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that making an injury claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

What to check when finding the right injury lawyer

In most cases a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion and in cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Your lawyer should be someone you are able to trust at every step of the process to give legal guidance and practical advice.

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Margate personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by solicitors, as with any service, vary considerably.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be revealing when thinking about which lawyer to act for you and which considerations are most important to you.

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The contrast in the amount of insurance premiums and success fees charged by firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is huge.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?11,164 for mild tinnitus with some hearing loss could conceivably vary from ?6,698 to ?9,489.

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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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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