Updated: Sunday, 7th August 2016
Whether you are based in Otford or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.
Making an injury claim
Claims should, in most cases, be made within three years of the date of the injury.
Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as RSI may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.
For the majority of injury claims, proving a claim will involve three issues. It must be demonstrated that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.
Your solicitor will explain how your injury claim relates to each of these points.
What factors to think about when picking the right injury lawyer
Compensation for a injury claim can take months, and even years in cases of serious injury, to be settled. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to Claimants, such as communication or speed.
Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.
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
Compensation claims our panel of lawyers conducts in Otford and Kent
Compensation can be claimed for a wide range of injuries and illnesses in Otford. Quittance can assist with:
Litigators can help Claimants with getting compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from occupational asthma to pneumoconiosis.
Otford specialists for serious injury claims
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. Our 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.
Accidents at work
Quittance has assisted claims for people injured in an accident, from farm workers to orthoptists, to secure financial compensation settlements. Injury and illness figures in the Sevenoaks local authority 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)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Machinery related injury||6||4||4|
|Exposed to explosion||1||0||1|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. arsenic poisoning)||1||0||2|
|Fall from height||14||13||13|
|Lifting and handling injuries||33||19||17|
|Slip, trip, fall same level||29||21||25|
|Hit by vehicle||3||3||3|
|Struck by object||10||11||11|
Slip and trip accidents
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.
Clinical and medical negligence in Otford
Medical negligence (which is more precisely referred to as clinical negligence) is the term used to describe a breach of the duty of care by a healthcare provider. A typical example could be a birth injury compensation claim. Quittance's panel of personal injury solicitors covering Kent and Otford have helped Claimants with clinical negligence claims filed against the health service including Sevenoaks Hospital, Sevenoaks Hospital, Hospital Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3PG.
Road traffic accidents 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.
Quittances group of expert lawyers have decades of experience in obtaining optimum settlements for people who have been hurt in a road accident in Otford.
How No Win, No Fee solicitors take care of Otford compensation claims
Solicitors looking after claims in Otford work on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement, known as a No Win, No Fee agreement. The CFA prevents your solicitor from charging any legal fees if they are not successful.
Will there be hidden fees in the small print?
We guarantee No Win, No Fee means the injured party will never need to pay any of your lawyer's legal fees in the event that you do not win your claim. Read more about No Win, No Fee here
What to do next
Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.
Get more information
Before you choose to instruct a lawyer you should arm yourself with information. This helps you make the best decision.
Get answers to common questions asked by potential Claimants on the frequently asked questions page.
Get your personal injury claim started
When you are ready to proceed, you can start a personal injury claim by phoning 0800 612 7456 (or 0333 344 6575 from a mobile) or with Quittance's contact form.
Our team of experts can help. Need more information? You can call us on 0800 612 7456 or request a no-obligation callback today.