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.

Our personal injury services

Each year, we help injured claimants in Paddock Wood, Kent and across the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you were injured:

  • 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. In reality, a number of factors can impact whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances, whether the defendant is uninsured or whether causation can be established.

A brief phone call will let you know whether you are eligible to make a claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Instant 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 Paddock Wood

Road users have the right to make a claim for compensation if they are injured on Paddock Wood's roads as the result of someone else's negligence.

It does not matter if you have been involved in a motorbike accident, or were hurt in a car accident on Paddock Wood's roads, our specialist team can help. The Quittance road accident claim guide explains what you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Paddock Wood

If you were injured at work in the last three years and it wasn?t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.

Whether you are an employee, self-employed or even on a zero-hours contract, our work accident claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Public place injuries

Official data indicate that slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in Kent and the UK as a whole. These types of accident are typically connected to injuries categorised as something else e.g. being hit by an object falling from a vehicle, a crush injury from something overturning or an animal related accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as broken arms sustained on pavement ice are also common with pothole trips having occurred on Paddock Wood and on Badsell Rd.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with getting compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from allergic contact dermatitis to pneumoconiosis.

More about No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

We understand the change a successful claim can make to people impacted by serious and catastrophic injury. We work hard for the maximum compensation for major injuries, which includes compensation for private medical treatment and case costs. Quittance's network of expert solicitor firms engage with insurance companies and medical practitioners to ensure claimants impacted by serious accidents and injuries receive the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and illnesses held by the Courts to be serious range from chemical burns to head injuries.

More about No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Paddock Wood 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, Paddock Wood 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 Paddock Wood, 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

The Quittance Team

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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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FAQs

What experience do the solicitors have of injury claims in Paddock Wood?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of SRA regulated solicitors that helps people in Paddock Wood, Kent and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

The solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Kent get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including cycling accidents and industrial disease.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as stress-free as possible.

Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Paddock Wood personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Researching reviews can certainly be revealing when thinking about which lawyer best serves your needs.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Paddock Wood?

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

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The diversity in the amount of fees between lawyers is an important consideration for claimants.

As an example the amount retained by an injured person being awarded compensation of £93,943 for severe leg injuries could conceivably vary from £56,366 to £79,851.

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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.

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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