A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you live in Sandwich or anywhere in the UK, our expert personal injury solicitors will manage your claim and we will set up a medical at a centre near you .

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Key criteria

Claims should be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury in the majority of cases.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what is important in these situations.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Making your claim as soon as possible will enable your lawyer to gather evidence and witness statements.

How much can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

Work accident claims in Sandwich

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped Claimants injured at work, from plasterers to public relations officers, to claim for their work related injuries. Injury and illness figures for the Dover local authority are published under reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

Workplace accidents in Dover Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined191917
Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)100
Machinery related833
Exposed to fire012
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)300
Fall from height (ladder)12913
Injured by an animal200
Lifting and handling injuries332616
Physical assault953
Slip, trip or fall543729
Struck against433
Struck by moving vehicle125
Hit by falling object24612
Trapped by something collapsing102

Find out more: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Sandwich

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of best of breed no win, no fee personal injury solicitors have years of experience in obtaining the best settlements for people who have sustained an injury in a car accident in Sandwich.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Sandwich are reasonably common. Official statistics reveal a total of 5830 accidents (5236 slight accidents, 546 serious accidents and 48 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kent local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 6,303.

Find out more: Road accident claims

Other claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Reported statistics indicate that slips and trips continue to be the most frequent cause of injury in the Kent workplace. Slips, trips and falls are typically related to injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by a falling object or a quarry drowning accident. Public place (Dover local authority) compensation claims for injuries like sprained wrists occurring on raised kerb stones are also common with street falls having happened on the Street and on Sandwich Rd.

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help Claimants with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from bladder cancer to toluene exposure.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Sandwich

Clinical negligence is the term for when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of injury compensation. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

Find out more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Sandwich serious injury claims

Courts understand that a serious injury has a life-changing effect on a Claimant and their family. By relieving the pressure a major injury imposes on a Claimant and their dependants, a claim allows people to focus on recovery.

Quittance's network of expert lawyers communicate with insurance companies, the other side's legal representatives and medical providers, helping to ensure families affected by serious accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries and medical conditions which are held by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious range from eye injuries to serious pharmaceutical error.

Find out more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Sandwich 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 Sandwich and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Sandwich and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases and their knowledge and expertise.

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 do you have of injury claims in Sandwich?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists people in Sandwich, Kent and across the UK, get compensation.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Kent get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and accidents in the workplace.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

FAQs

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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

It can take several months for the majority of claims to reach a conclusion. Cases where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take years in some circumstances. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues that matter to Claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust throughout your claim to offer expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Do I need to choose a local Sandwich solicitor ?

The location of the solicitors office is not so relevant as injury cases are typically handled by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to choose a law firm that has medical facilities near Sandwich as Claimants will have to attend a medical exam.

Further reading - Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

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 a broken tibia or fibula, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?1,000 to ?7,370 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Injury lawyer reviews in Sandwich - What to consider

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to formal and traditional. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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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