A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Swanscombe or anywhere in the country, our expert lawyers will handle your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, Quittance can assist you with a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is important.

In the majority of cases, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be proven that:

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

Your lawyer can take you through each of these issues and should explain how they apply to your claim.

How much can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Swanscombe

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people hurt in an accident, from factory workers to site engineers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Injury and illness data in the Dartford local authority made available under reporting legislation by the HSE excerpted below:

Work accidents in Dartford Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
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

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Road traffic accident claims in Swanscombe

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Swanscombe are reasonably common with statistics showing 48 fatal accidents, 546 serious accidents and 5236 slight accidents in 2013 in Kent (Total events were 5830 local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 6,303. Accidents in Swanscombe in 2013 included car crashes on the dual carriageway of the A2 and A296 slip road and on the B2175 and A226 roundabout.

Quittance's network of expert no win no fee lawyers have a wealth of experience in securing the best compensation for people who have been hurt in a road accident in Swanscombe.

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Other types of claim

Slip and trip accidents

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.

Serious injury

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.

Our 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.

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Industrial disease

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

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Medical and clinical negligence in Swanscombe

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when someone sustains an injury or illness due to a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you just want a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to claiming compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to make a formal complaint against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, you can contact Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

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Swanscombe No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Swanscombe and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Our nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Swanscombe, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their years of specialist experience.

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

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.

Locating the right lawyer

Compensation for a injury claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be paid. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues of interest to claimants, such as communication or speed.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to trust throughout your claim to provide both compassionate practical advice and legal guidance.

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.

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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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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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