A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Ramsgate or anywhere in the UK, our expert solicitors will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim for compensation?

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

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Eligibility to claim

Claims must be made within three years of an injury in most cases.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as noise-induced deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

In the majority of cases, there are three key components to making a successful claim. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury
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How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Road traffic accident claims in Ramsgate

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of solicitors have a wealth of experience in obtaining the highest compensation for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Ramsgate.

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Ramsgate are reasonably common. 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 district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 6,303.

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Work accident claims in Ramsgate

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from electricians to physiotherapists, to claim compensation. Work accident data in the Ramsgate local authority are listed under RIDDOR legislation by the HSE in the table below:

Work accidents in Thanet Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)110
Machinery related745
Fire related (e.g. scars)010
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. benzene)311
Fall from height (scaffolding)16179
Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)002
Lifting and handling injuries503430
Physical assault171727
Slip, trip, fall same level414740
Struck against332
Struck by moving vehicle331
Hit by object1587
Trapped by something collapsing011

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Other claims we handle

Ramsgate lawyers for serious injury compensation

We understand the vital change a successful claim makes to people who have been impacted by major injury. By relieving the financial stress a major injury places on an injured claimant, a successful claim allows them to concentrate on rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist solicitor firms have aided families recover compensation for numerous major injuries and conditions. Injuries referred to as catastrophic or serious range from poisoning to serious pharmaceutical error.

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Slip and trip injuries

Reported statistics indicate that slips and trips are by some margin the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Kent. Slips and trips are frequently related to injuries recorded in another category for instance being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an exposure to fire accident. Public place litigation for injuries such as bruised backs sustained on slippery pavements are also common with recent incidents having occurred on Margate Rd and on High St.

Medical and clinical negligence in Ramsgate

When a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of claiming compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent, to raise a complaint against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

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Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from bladder cancer to welding rod fumes exposure.

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Ramsgate 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 Ramsgate 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 team

Our national panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Ramsgate and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in recovering compensation, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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Have you handled many claims in Ramsgate?

We are a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that helps claimants in Ramsgate, Kent and across the UK, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of people throughout Kent seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the office and accidents on the road.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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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 choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Instructing the best solicitor for your legal case is a crucial step towards securing the best compensation award for your accident.

With approximately 75 offices within 25 miles of Ramsgate (according to the SRA website), how can you make certain you select the most appropriate company for your case?

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Ramsgate?

Many injury lawyers 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 does require a local service 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 network of medical professionals.

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

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For minor achilles tendon injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?5,885 to ?10,175 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

Ramsgate solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary enormously.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be informative if you are deciding which lawyer to instruct.

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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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