A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Paddock Wood or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, our expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

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Key criteria

Claims for compensation must be made within 3 years of the injury in most cases.

To win a personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Making your claim sooner will enable evidence and witness statements to be gathered in support of your claim by the solicitor.

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How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use claim calculator gives you an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Work accident claims in Paddock Wood

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for injured claimants, from warehouse assistants to occupational therapists, to claim work accident compensation. Accident statistics in the Tunbridge Wells local authority are detailed under legislation by the Government and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Tunbridge Wells Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)220
Machinery related1014
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)410
Fall from height71717
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)311
Lifting and handling injuries493320
Physical assault167
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)463830
Struck against1065
Hit by vehicle212
Hit by falling object13117

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Road traffic accident claims in Paddock Wood

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of certified legal advisors have vast experience in obtaining the best settlements for claimants who have been injured in a car accident in Paddock Wood.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Paddock Wood are common. Official statistics show a total of 5830 accidents (5236 slight accidents, 546 serious accidents and 48 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kent council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 6,303. Accidents in Paddock Wood in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A228 and B2017 roundabout and on the A228 and B2160 roundabout.

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Other claims we handle

Slips, trips and falls

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.

Paddock Wood serious injury claims

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.

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Industrial disease

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

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Medical negligence in Paddock Wood

When a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are only looking for closure as opposed to injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

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Paddock Wood No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Paddock Wood and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Paddock Wood, from less severe claims to long term industrial disease. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their level of specialist experience and their success rate in winning claims.

Meet more of the Quittance team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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What experience do Quittance 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.

Our 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.

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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.

How to approach choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Choosing a suitable injury solicitor to assist you is the most important step towards securing the highest compensation settlement.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Paddock Wood, how do you ensure you instruct the best one to take on your case?

Look into 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.

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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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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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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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