A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's nationwide panel of lawyers help personal injury claimants across the country keep more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Airdrie or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims for compensation should be made within 3 years of the injury in most cases.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

In order to win a Airdrie personal injury case, it must be proven that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

In all cases, answers and invaluable guidance will be offered through a no-obligation phone consultation with a specialist solicitor.

How much compensation can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Airdrie

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Airdrie are relatively common with statistics showing a total of 653 accidents (575 slight accidents, 72 serious accidents and 6 fatal accidents) in 2013 in North Lanarkshire council area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 633. Accidents in Airdrie in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A73 and B8058 junction and on the single carriageway of the B8058 and A89 junction.

Quittance's panel of qualified no win no fee injury solicitors have vast experience in negotiating the best damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Airdrie.

Further information: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Airdrie

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for injured claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to advertising account executives, to claim work accident compensation.

Further information: Accident at work compensation claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government statistics emphasise the fact that slips and trips are still the most frequent cause of injury at work in 2015. They are frequently the initiators of accidents attributed to other causes like being hit by hand tools in use or a fire related accident. Public place claims for injuries like pulled muscles happening on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with pavement crack trips having happened on Lauchope St and on Black St.

Medical and clinical negligence in Airdrie

Clinical negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness due to a GP or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of starting an injury claim. For example, you can write to Kirklands, Fallside Road, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Lanarkshire.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Serious injury

Quittance's team recognise the difference compensation will make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. By limiting the stress a serious or catastrophic injury puts on an injured claimant, injury compensation helps people to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Airdrie 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 Airdrie and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The national network of QLS solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Airdrie, from short-term injury cases to catastrophic injury. Our lawyers are selected for their winning track record and their specialist knowledge.

To meet more of our team, click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor

What experience do your solicitors have of claims in Airdrie?

Quittance is a nationwide network of expert personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Airdrie, Lanarkshire and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In 2017, we have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Lanarkshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including workplace accidents and car passenger accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, means you can focus on your recovery.


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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How to choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Airdrie - What to look for

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

Do you have to choose a law firm in Airdrie?

As with many professional services, you do not need to choose 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.

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

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

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 a broken tibia or fibula could vary between ?1,000 and ?7,370 (based on 2015 market research).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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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