A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Quittance's nationwide panel of lawyers help personal injury Claimants across the country to keep more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Ayr or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Have I got a personal injury claim?

Updated: October 3, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our expert solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims for personal injury compensation 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 hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is considered.

To win a Ayr personal injury case, your lawyer must prove that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

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How much can I claim?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of factors. Our online calculator gives you an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Road traffic accident claims in Ayr

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of expert road traffic accident solicitors have vast experience in fighting for the highest settlements for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Ayr.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Ayr are relatively commonplace with a total of 244 accidents (218 slight accidents, 22 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in South Ayrshire local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 245. Accidents in the Ayr region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A70 and A77 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A79 and A70 crossroads.

See: No win, no fee road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Ayr

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for contractors, self employed or employed people, from kitchen workers to agricultural managers, to seek financial compensation.

See: Work accident compensation claims

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Other injury claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Ayr

Clinical negligence is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor or other medical professional's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are just looking for closure as opposed to starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can write to Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, Ayshire, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

See: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury lawyers in Ayr

The lasting impact a serious injury can have will be recognised by solicitors and insurers when working out compensation.

A successful claim should lessen the financial burden and take the pressure off a Claimant and their dependants so they can prioritise rehabilitation.

See: Serious injury compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Official figures stress the fact that employee slips and trips continue to be the most prevalent cause of injury at work in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the cause of accidents recorded in a different category such as being struck by a falling object or an electrical discharge accident. Public place litigation for injuries like cheekbone fractures suffered on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with pavement trips having occurred on Blackburn Drive and on Alloway.

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Ayr No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Ayr and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Ayr, from less severe claims to long term industrial disease. Selected because of their winning track record, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor
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Have you handled many claims in Ayr?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Ayr, Ayrshire and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Ayrshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Help for potential Claimants looking for a lawyer

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from several months for minor and moderate injury to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Your legal representative should be someone you can rely on throughout the claims process to provide specialist legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Will I need to choose a local solicitor ?

The location of the solicitors office is less critical as cases are, as a matter of course, conducted remotely.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice that offers national medical centres as you will usually need to attend an independent medical examination.

Further reading - Do you have a local medical centre?

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 wrist injuries causing permanent pain and stiffness could vary between ?10,175 and ?19,800 (based on 2015 market research).

What should you consider when checking Ayr solicitor reviews?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to more casual and friendly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach taken by individual firms.

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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