A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

If you are based in Rochester or anywhere in the country, our experienced injury lawyers will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim?

Updated: September 15, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, we can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Eligibility to claim

Compensation claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

In the majority of cases, making a successful claim involves three components. It must be proven 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.

How much compensation could I get?

The compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our injury calculator provides a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

Work accident claims in Rochester

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for Claimants, from members of the air force to quantity surveyors, to claim work accident compensation. Work accident statistics in the Medway local authority are compiled in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government:

Workplace accidents in Medway Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not specified404331
Electrocution111
Machinery related injury1265
Exposed to explosion010
Exposed to fire200
Exposure to toxic substance931
Fall from height221724
Injured by an animal131
Lifting and handling injuries1055462
Physical attack392624
Slip, trip, fall same level1267789
Struck against121210
Struck by moving vehicle763
Struck by object322326
Trapped by something collapsing221

For more information: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Rochester

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Rochester are not uncommon with a total of 822 accidents (766 slight accidents, 49 serious accidents and 7 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Medway council area. In 2014 the total had increased to 845. Incidents in the Rochester region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A228 and A2 junction and on the single carriageway of the B2000 and A289 junction.

Our network of trained road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in securing the highest damages for people injured in a car or motorbike crash in Rochester.

For more information: Road accident compensation claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical and medical negligence in Rochester

Medical negligence is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of claiming compensation. To make a complaint against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

For more information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

We understand the critical change a successful claim can make to the lives of people impacted by major injury. Compensation will lessen the financial load on an injured Claimant and their dependants so they can prioritise recovery.

For more information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Officially reported data expose the fact that slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Kent workplace in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are often forerunner to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by an object falling from a machine, a fall from height or an exposure to fire accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as bruised backs occurring on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with pothole trips having happened on High Street.

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help Claimants with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from respiratory diseases to solvent exposure.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Rochester No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Rochester and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Rochester, from relatively minor claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

What experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Rochester?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Rochester, Kent and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of people throughout Kent seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to accidents at work.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

FAQs

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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

What factors to consider when finding the best lawyer

Selecting a suitable legal expert to represent you is a critical step towards receiving the highest compensation award for your accident.

With over 100 solicitors offices within 25 miles of Rochester (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority website in 2015) - how do you make certain you instruct the best law firm to take on your case?

Comparing injury solicitors in Rochester - online reviews

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

The contrast in the level of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different law firms is significant.

As an example the amount retained by an injured person having been awarded ?4,218 for a broken tibia or fibula could conceivably vary from ?2,531 to ?3,585.

Further reading - How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Do I need to instruct a local Rochester solicitor ?

Going for a local firm is not relevant as cases are normally run by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to go with a law firm that has national medical centres as you will be expected to go to a medical assessment.

See : Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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