A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Sevenoaks or anywhere else in the UK, Quittance can handle your claim and we will set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

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

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must prove 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.

How much compensation can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our online claim calculator gives an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Sevenoaks

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Sevenoaks are relatively commonplace with statistics showing a total of 5830 accidents (5236 slight accidents, 546 serious accidents and 48 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kent local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 6,303. Incidents in Sevenoaks in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A224 and A225 junction and on the single carriageway of the A25 and A224 mini-roundabout.

Our network of trained road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors have years of experience in getting the highest general and special damages for anyone injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Sevenoaks.

Find out more: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Sevenoaks

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from bricklayers to retail merchandisers, to claim for their work related injuries. Work injury statistics in the Sevenoaks local authority are listed in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive:

Work accidents in Sevenoaks Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury644
Exposed to explosion101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. arsenic poisoning)102
Fall from height141313
Animal related300
Lifting and handling injuries331917
Physical assault051
Slip, trip, fall same level292125
Struck against611
Hit by vehicle333
Struck by object101111

Find out more: Work accident compensation claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government statistics stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common cause of injury at work in Kent. They are sometimes the initiators of injuries attributed to other causes such as being hit by material under pressure, a fall from a ladder or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as sprained wrists experienced on raised kerb stones are also quite prevalent with recent dislodged paving slab trips having occurred on South Park and on Seal Rd.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help with securing compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from workplace cancer to organophosphate exposure.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claims

Sevenoaks serious injury compensation claims

The Courts understand that serious injuries will have a major impact on an injured person and their family. We fight to achieve maximum compensation for serious injuries, including compensation for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy. Our panel of specialist lawyers engage with insurance companies, Courts and doctors and health professionals to ensure claimants affected by major accidents get the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and illnesses considered to be catastrophic or serious range from serious pharmaceutical error to asbestos-related disease.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Sevenoaks

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person is injured due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you just want a better understanding of events instead of injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation claim

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

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Sevenoaks, from whiplash cases to life-changing injury. Selected because of their winning track record, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

How much experience does Quittance have of claims in Sevenoaks?

We are a UK-wide panel of expert personal injury lawyers that assists people injured in Sevenoaks, Kent and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across Kent seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including pedestrian accidents and accidents in the workplace.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Guidance for injured people seeking a personal injury solicitor

Selecting a suitable solicitor to act for you is an important step towards negotiating the highest settlement or award.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Sevenoaks (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority) - how do you ensure you choose the best solicitors' practice to take on your case?

Look into Sevenoaks solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary to a large extent.

Researching online reviews can be a good place to start if you are attempting to decide which solicitor to go with.

Read more Personal injury lawyer reviews

Will I need to select a local Sevenoaks solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is not especially critical as cases are, as a matter of course, run by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a company with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will usually need to go to a medical examination.

More on - What is the process for attending a medical?

The variation in personal injury success fees charged by firms is considerable.

E.g. the amount retained by a successful claimant accepting a settlement of ?24,124 for a moderate pain disorder could conceivably vary from ?14,474 to ?20,505.

Additional reading - Compare personal injury solicitors fees

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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