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

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

How Quittance can help

Each year, we help injured claimants in Whitstable, Kent and across the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured or made ill in an accident that was not your fault, you are legally entitled to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

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

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or the location of the injury.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Online Claim Checker:

Check my claim

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:

Calculate compensation

Whitstable road accident claims

You should be able to claim injury compensation if you were hurt in an accident on Whitstable's roads due to a negligent driver.

No matter if you were hurt in a car accident, or were involved in a hit-and-run, our team can help. The Quittance useful guide explains what you need to do to start a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Whitstable

If you have been injured as a result of your employer's actions, you have the right to make a claim.

No matter what your employment status, whether you have been hit by a falling object or developed noise-induced hearing loss, our work accident claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Accidents in a public place

Reported statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most prevalent cause of injury in the Kent workplace. These types of accident are quite often the precursor to injuries attributed to other reasons such as being hit by an object falling from a machine, a lifting injury or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as fractured ankles occurring on pavement ice are also common with pavement trips having occurred recently.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from noise induced hearing loss to rubber industry health and safety lapses.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

The long-term effect a serious injury can have is acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when they are determining injury compensation.

Quittance's panel of solicitors fight to achieve the maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions. This includes compensation for medical treatment and care costs.

For more information: Serious injury compensation

Other types of claim

Whitstable 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, Whitstable 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 Whitstable, 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

We are here to help

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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

Call me back

  • Tick icon FREE consultation
  • Tick icon Find out if you can claim
  • Tick icon No obligation to start a claim

FAQs

What experience do the solicitors have of winning claims in Whitstable?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of award winning solicitors that helps claimants in Whitstable, Kent and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Kent seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from ladder accidents to car accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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.

Whitstable solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary significantly.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can help build a picture when mulling over which solicitor to select and which considerations are most important to you.

See Reviews

The contrast in the amount of personal injury success fees and ATE premiums between different lawyers is a material consideration for claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of £26,608 for significant hip or pelvis injuries without serious permanent damage could conceivably vary from £15,965 to £22,617.

Read more at Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Are Whitstable claimants restricted to only local solicitors?

You do not need to instruct a personal injury solicitor near you.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

[[PI-LOCAL-WORK-STATS]]

[[PI-LOCAL-ROAD-TABLE]]

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.

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.

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert