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?

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

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.

Making a claim

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

Considerable legislation is in place to give support to Claimants seeking compensation for their injuries, and Quittance's network of solicitors have many years of experience advising their clients with regard to the likelihood of success.

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.

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?

Which claims does Quittance conduct in Swanley?

It is possible to claim compensation for a broad range of injury and illness throughout Swanley. Quittance have assisted with injuries and medical conditions including:

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.

Industrial disease

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

Road traffic accidents in Swanley

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.

Clinical and medical negligence in Swanley

Medical negligence (which is now more properly referred to as 'Clinical Negligence') is where an illness or injury is connected to a breach of the duty of care by a medical professional. Our panel of solicitors covering Kent and Swanley have helped people with cases brought against infirmaries and hospitals that include BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital, Bucks Cross Road, Orpington, BR6 7RG.

Workplace accidents

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
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

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.

Swanley No Win, No Fee Specialist Solicitors

Lawyers taking care of claims in Swanley in most cases work on a Conditional Fee Agreement.

The agreement prevents your lawyer from charging you any legal costs if the case is lost.

A success fee is charged by solicitors serving Swanley working under a No Win, No Fee agreement. The success fee is deducted from your award or settlement and is usually 25 percent.

Are there any additional fees that need to be paid?

No Win, No Fee should mean that there is nothing to pay if the claim is unsuccessful and you have no hidden costs. With our No Win, No Fee, there will be no catch and there is no risk of losing out.

Click here to read more about No Win, No Fee.

What happens next?

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

Get more information

Making the right decision depends on possessing the right information. Get answers to your questions before you instruct a solicitor.

Find additional information without needing to call a law firm. Find our frequently asked questions here.

Get your claim started

If you have made the choice to get underway, you can begin your claim by phoning 0800 612 7456 or with the contact form.

Quittance's team of personal injury specialists look forward to helping you. If you need more information, you can request a no-obligation callback or phone 0800 612 7456 today.