Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, Quittance Legal Services can help.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Every year, we help injured claimants in Swanscombe, Kent and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or when the date of knowledge was.

It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim. Speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant Claim Checker:

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in Swanscombe

Swanscombe road users have the right to claim compensation if they have been injured because of someone else's actions.

Regardless of whether you have been involved in a hit-and-run on Swanscombe's roads, or were hurt in a car collision, our expert team can help. This road accident claim guide explains what you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Swanscombe

You may be entitled to claim work accident compensation if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

No matter what your employment status, whether you tore a ligament or inhaled toxic fumes, our work accident claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Public place injuries

Recorded data demonstrate that slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common accident at work in Kent and the UK in 2015. Slips and trips are often the precursor to injuries attributed to other reasons such as being hit by a runaway vehicle, a crush injury from something overturning or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (Dartford local authority) compensation claims for injuries like broken wrists suffered on raised kerb stones are also common with kerb stone trips having occurred in the area.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses that range from allergic contact dermatitis to siderosis.

More about No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

Quittance recognise the critical difference injury compensation will make to the lives of people whose lives have been affected by catastrophic and serious injury. By reducing the pressure severe injury places on a claimant, injury compensation enables people to focus on recovery.

The panel of specialist lawyers have helped people claim damages for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness referred to as catastrophic or serious include deep vein thrombosis, bowel cancer and spinal cord damage.

More about No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Swanscombe No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Swanscombe injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Swanscombe, Kent and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Our team

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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FAQs

What is your track record of claims in Swanscombe?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that assists claimants in Swanscombe, Kent and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we have assisted 100's of claimants across Kent seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents at work.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

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 takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Injury lawyer reviews in Swanscombe - What to look for

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

The contrast in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums charged by law firms often surprises prospective claimants.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a claimant who was awarded £22,121 for very serious thumb injuries can range from £13,272 to £18,802.

Additional reading : Get a personal injury quote

Do you need to instruct a local injury lawyer ?

The location of a firm is not so critical as injury cases can be handled by phone and email.

However, you should choose a solicitors' firm that provides a national network as you will almost always be expected to attend a medical assessment.

More : Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

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Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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