A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you live in Whitstable or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury solicitors can manage your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

For the majority of injury claims, making a successful claim has three key components. It needs to be demonstrated that:

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

The lawyer should consider how your injury claim relates to the points.

What is my claim worth?

The compensation you will be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Whitstable

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from metal workers to systems programmers, to claim compensation from their employer. Accident statistics for the Canterbury local authority are compiled in accordance with legislation by the HSE as follows:

Work accidents in Canterbury Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury220
Machinery related injury453
Fire related (e.g. scars)200
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)1221
Fall from height (ladder)24911
Injured by an animal220
Manual handling583630
Physical assault242332
Slip, trip, fall same level654653
Struck against466
Struck by moving vehicle632
Hit by falling object331213
Trapped underneath something020

For more information: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Whitstable

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Whitstable are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show 48 fatal accidents, 546 serious accidents and 5236 slight accidents in 2013 in Kent (Total events were 5830 council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 6,303.

Quittance's network of certified no win no fee lawyers have a wealth of experience in getting optimum general and special damages for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Whitstable.

For more information: Road accident claims

Other claims

Whitstable serious injury claims

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

Slips and trips

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.

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

Medical negligence in Whitstable

Clinical negligence describes when someone is injured due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you only want a formal account of what went wrong rather than claiming compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can write to Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation

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

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Whitstable, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience do Quittance 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.

What to think about when picking the best injury lawyer

It can take months for the majority of claims to reach a settlement. Claims where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

Look into 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.

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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