A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

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.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Elligibility to make a personal 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.

Injury claims calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could win.

Road traffic accident claims in Otford

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

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Work accident claims in Otford

Worker injured in accident

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)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined151716
Machinery related injury644
Exposed to explosion101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. arsenic poisoning)102
Fall from height141313
Animal related300
Lifting and handling injuries331917
Physical assault051
Slip, trip, fall same level292125
Struck against611
Hit by vehicle333
Struck by object101111

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Other types of claim

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.

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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 (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.

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Industrial disease

Litigators can help Claimants with getting compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from occupational asthma to pneumoconiosis.

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Otford No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Otford and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Otford, from more minor injury cases to long term illness. Chosen on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of 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

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.

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

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

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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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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