Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

How Quittance can help

Each year, we help injured people in Otford, Kent and across the UK claim compensation for:

Can I make a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • 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 numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or whether a child was injured.

A short 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. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Injury 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

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 Otford

Otford drivers and other road users have a right to start a claim for compensation if they have been hurt because of someone else's negligence.

Whether you were hurt in a car collision, or have suffered an injury as a pedestrian on Otford's roads, our specialist team are here. Our guide explains what you need to do to start a road accident compensation claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Otford

You may be eligible to make a work accident claim if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

No matter what you do for a living, whether you tore a ligament or have been exposed to asbestos, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Accidents in a public place

Health and Safety figures indicate that employee slips and trips are, by some degree, the most prevalent accident in the Kent workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are quite often the initiators of accidents filed under a different category such as being struck by moving machinery or an asphyxiation accident. Public place (Sevenoaks local authority) claims for injuries such as fractured vertebrae occurring on spillages are also common with street falls having happened on Sevenoaks Rd and on Dynes Rd.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone is injured due to the lack of care of a doctor or other medical professional. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of injury compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

Read more about Clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

Quittance's team understand the difference a successful claim can make to people who have been affected by major injury. A claim should ease the financial load on an injured claimant and their family enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation. The panel of law firms work with the defendant's representatives and insurers to make sure claimants impacted by major accidents receive medical and financial support.

Read more about Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Otford 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, Otford 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 Otford, 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

Free, no obligation advice

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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Frequently asked questions

Have you won many injury claims in Otford?

We are a national network of SRA regulated solicitors that assists injured people in Otford, Kent and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we helped 100's of injured claimants in Kent get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to industrial disease.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.

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. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

Many solicitors operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and 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.

Injury lawyer reviews in Otford - What to consider

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The diversity in the amount of fees between different firms is a material consideration for claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount retained by a claimant being awarded compensation of £48,925 for asbestosis can vary from £29,355 to £41,586.

Further reading How to compare injury solicitors quotes

What are the road accident statistics in Otford

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Otford are relatively commonplace. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 5830 accidents (5236 slight accidents, 546 serious accidents and 48 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kent local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 6,303.

Quittance's group of expert lawyers have decades of experience in obtaining optimum settlements for people who have been hurt in a road accident in Otford.

Otford work accident statistics

The most recent 2019 injury and illness figures in the Sevenoaks Local Authority (2013/14) collated under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE in the following table:

Work accidents in Sevenoaks Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Undetermined16
Machinery related injury4
Exposed to explosion1
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. arsenic poisoning)2
Fall from height13
Animal related0
Lifting and handling injuries17
Physical assault1
Slip, trip, fall same level25
Struck against1
Hit by vehicle3
Struck by object11

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.

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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