A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Whether you live in Swanley or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury lawyers will manage your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim?

Updated: September 18, 2016

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, we can help you make a claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a work-related illness in Swanley or road accident, a successful compensation claim has three key components. It needs to be proven that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

In all cases, a short, free consultation with a personal injury solicitor can give answers to your questions and useful guidance.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

Road traffic accident claims in Swanley

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of professional injury lawyers have decades of experience in achieving the highest damages for Claimants who have sustained an injury in a car accident in Swanley.

Accidents involving vehicles in Swanley are relatively common. Government statistics reveal 48 fatal accidents, 546 serious accidents and 5236 slight accidents in 2013 in Kent (Total events were 5830 local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 6,303. Accidents in Swanley in 2013 included traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A20 and M25 roundabout and on the B2173 and B258 roundabout.

Further information: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Swanley

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from hotel workers to sports coaches, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries. Work accident figures for the Dartford local authority made available under reporting legislation by the Government and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Dartford Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
General202520
Electrical injury011
Machinery related877
Fire related (e.g. burns)020
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)112
Fall from height152113
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)010
Lifting and handling injuries804440
Physical assault61111
Slip, trip, fall same level655055
Struck against1064
Hit by vehicle547
Struck by object221618
Trapped by something collapsing110

Further information: Accident at work compensation claim

Other injury claims

Slip and trip injuries

Health and Saftey Executive statistics underscore the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of injury in the Kent workplace in 2015. These types of accident are frequently forerunner to accidents recorded in another category like being hit by moving machinery or an animal related accident. Public liability cases for injuries like broken wrists happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with street falls having occurred recently.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness ranging from bladder cancer to welders lung.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claims

Serious injury experts acting in Swanley

The long-term impact serious and catastrophic injury has is acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when determining what a claim is worth.

We fight hard for maximum compensation for major injuries. This includes claiming for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy.

Further information: Serious injury compensation claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Swanley

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when a person sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want closure or answers rather than financial compensation, you can raise 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.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation claim

Swanley No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Swanley and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Swanley and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

What experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Swanley?

We are a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Swanley, Kent and throughout the country, obtain compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Kent get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to public place accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that making an injury claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your needs

Usually a claim for compensation can take several months to complete and for cases of serious injury, some claims can take over a year. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on at every step of the process to give expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Swanley - What to consider

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to sympathetic. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a Claimant's compensation for very serious thumb injuries, for example, ranges from ?15,840 to ?28,325 (based on 2015 market data).

Will you need to choose a local Swanley lawyer ?

The location of the law firm is less critical as injury cases now tend to be managed by phone and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a firm that offers a national network as Claimants will need to attend a medical exam.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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