A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Tonbridge or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced solicitors can help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a compensation claim?

Updated: September 19, 2016

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.

Eligibility to claim

Compensation A claim must usually be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

Whether a claim is being made for a work-related illness or road accident, there are three elements to proving a claim. It needs to be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

A free phone call with an expert Tonbridge lawyer will give answers and invaluable guidance.

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of factors. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

Work accident claims in Tonbridge

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped Claimants, from electricians to veterinary surgeons, to claim maximum compensation. Accident at work statistics for the Tonbridge and Malling local authority are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations by the Government in the table below:

Workplace accidents in Tonbridge and Malling Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Reported221616
Electric shock100
Machinery related injury786
Explosion related001
Exposed to fire101
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. lead poisoning)213
Fall from height231417
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)111
Lifting654650
Physical attack527
Slip, trip or fall764660
Struck against859
Hit by vehicle273
Hit by object202120
Trapped underneath something201

Further information: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Tonbridge

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Tonbridge are reasonably common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 5830 accidents (5236 slight accidents, 546 serious accidents and 48 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Kent local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 6,303. Accidents in the Tonbridge area in 2013 included crashes on the A21 and A2013 slip road and on the A26 and A21 slip road.

Quittance's network of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors are experienced in fighting for the best compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Tonbridge.

Further information: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other injury claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with securing compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from radiation exposure to welders lung.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are still the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the Kent workplace. These types of accident are sometimes the initiators of injuries filed under a different category e.g. being hit by a runaway vehicle or an animal related accident. Public place claims for injuries like sprained wrists suffered on spillages are also quite prevalent with dislodged paving slab trips having occurred in the area.

Serious injury

The impact of a serious or catastrophic injury is understood by the Courts when calculating a claim. Quittance's panel of expert lawyers fight hard for maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, including compensation for private medical treatment and case costs. Quittance's panel of solicitor firms communicate with medical professionals and Courts to make sure people impacted by serious accidents receive legal and medical support. Injuries held by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include deep vein thrombosis, back injuries and chemical poisoning.

Further information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Tonbridge

When a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You could make a formal complaint if you just want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of financial compensation. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, you can write to Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent.

Further information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

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

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

Meet our team

Quittance's national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Tonbridge and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning cases, our lawyers have years of experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Tonbridge?

We are a national network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Tonbridge, Kent and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of people throughout Kent seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from pedestrian accidents to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

FAQs

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Help for injured people searching for an injury lawyer

Identifying the most suitable legal representation to act for you is the most important step towards securing the highest settlement or award.

How do you ensure you instruct the most appropriate firm to work with?

Check Tonbridge solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice provided by solicitors, as with any service, vary enormously.

Online reviews can certainly be instructive when considering which lawyer to go with.

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Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a Claimant's compensation for work-related upper limb disorders could vary between ?17,710 and ?18,700 (based on 2015 market research).

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Tonbridge?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a personal injury solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

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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