Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If your life has been affected by illness or injury, Quittance Legal Services are here to help.

How can we help

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

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you suffered an illness or injury:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In reality, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or whether a child was injured.

A brief phone call will let you know whether you can claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online 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 Rochester

Rochester cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians can claim injury compensation if they have been injured due to another party's carelessness.

Whether you were injured in a hit-and-run on Rochester's roads, or were a passenger in a car accident, our guide to road accident compensation claims sets out everything you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Rochester

If you have suffered an injury as a result of your employer's actions or negligence, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whatever your job - whether you are a builder injured on a building site or an accountant injured in the office, our guide to work accident claims explains what you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Public place injuries

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.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

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

Other types of claim

Rochester 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, Rochester 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 Rochester, 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

Should I choose Quittance?

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.

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FAQs

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.

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.

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?

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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.

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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