A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our nationwide network of lawyers help clients throughout the UK to keep more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Buckie or anywhere in the UK, our personal injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, we can help you make a claim for compensation.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as repetitive strain injuries are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that matters.

To win a Buckie personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate 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.

Getting your claim started sooner should enable your lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

Calculate your compensation

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in Buckie

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from factory workers to auditors, to claim injury compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Buckie

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Buckie are not uncommon. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 155 accidents (105 slight accidents, 47 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Moray council area. In 2014 accidents decreased to 121.

Quittance's group of trained no win, no fee injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in obtaining maximum compensation for anyone hurt in a road accident in Buckie.

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Other types of claim

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government statistics indicate that slips and trips are still the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace. Slips and trips are quite often lead to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes like being struck by a moving object or a fire related accident. Public place claims for injuries such as fractured ankles occurring on spillages are also common with recent slips having occurred on High St and on Gordon Square.

Buckie serious injury compensation claims

The Quittance team recognise the critical difference injury compensation makes to the lives of severely injured claimants. By limiting the financial stress a serious injury imposes on an injured person, a compensation claim enables people to concentrate on their rehabilitation. Our panel of specialist serious injury solicitors have for many years aided families impacted by serious accidents and injuries.

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Clinical and medical negligence in Buckie

Medical negligence describes when someone is injured due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you only want a formal account of what went wrong rather than a compensation award, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To raise a complaint against NHS Grampian, for example, you can write to Summerfield House, 2 Eday Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.

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Buckie No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Buckie and across the UK.

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Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Buckie, from more minor injury cases to serious road injury claims. Selected for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Buckie?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Buckie, Moray and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across Moray seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and injuries sustained from a fall at work.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

In most cases a claim for compensation can take several months to complete. For severe injuries, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues of interest to claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust at every step of the process to provide legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Do you need to choose a local legal firm ?

The location of a lawyers office is not so critical as injury cases are normally conducted remotely.

It is however necessary to instruct a law firm that offers medical facilities near Buckie as claimants will usually have to go to a medical assessment.

Buckie solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, vary considerably.

Reading reviews can be revealing if you are weighing up which solicitor to choose.

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Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. 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.

The key questions to put to your prospective 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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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