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?

If you suffered an injury or ilness, 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.

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.

Making a personal injury 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.

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 tibula 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?

Cases Quittance conducts

It is possible to make a claim for a wide range of injuries throughout Rochester. We can help with injuries including:

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.

Road accidents in Rochester

Accidents involving cars, mororbikes 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.

Accidents in the workplace

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
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

Industrial disease

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

Clinical and medical negligence in Rochester

Medical negligence, more precisely known as Clinical Negligence, is when an injury or illness results from a breach of the duty of care by a healthcare professional, either NHS or private. An example could be a medical misdiagnosis claim. Quittance's specialist panel of injury solicitors covering Kent and Rochester have assisted with legal cases filed against infirmaries and hospitals including Medway Maritime Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, ME7 5NY.

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.

Rochester No Win, No Fee Expert Solicitors

When your compensation claim is won, your legal fees are covered by the Defendant. If you lose your injury claim, a No Win, No Fee agreement between you and the solicitor states that their legal costs are not payable.

Are there any additional fees?

Quittance's expert injury solicitors ensure that No Win, No Fee means a Claimant will never need to pay any of the solicitor's costs in the event that you do not win. Read more about our No Win, No Fee

What to do next

Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.

Get answers

Quittance give jargon-free information to help people affected by injury choose whether to start an injury claim.

Find answers to popular questions asked by injured people on the FAQ page.

Get your personal injury claim underway

Once you have chosen to proceed, you can begin your claim by calling 0800 612 7456 or using Quittance's contact form.

Quittance's specialist team look forward to helping you. You can phone us on 0800 612 7456 or request a no-obligation callback.