Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

We have helped hundreds of people in Bute, Bute and across the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

If you were injured 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 at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or whether a child was injured.

Talk to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Claim Checker:

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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.

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 calculator

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:

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Road accident claims in Bute

If you were involved in an accident and injured on Bute's roads because of the behaviour of another road user, you may be able to claim injury compensation.

Whether you sustained an injury in a motorcycle accident on Bute's roads, or have been hurt in a car accident, this guide to road accident compensation sets out everything you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Bute

Have you have had an accident at work and your employer or another member of staff was negligent? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

However your injury occurred, whether you a landscape gardener hurt on site or nurse injured in a hospital, our work injury claim guide shows you how best to make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place accidents

Health and Safety statistics reveal that slips and trips are by far the most frequent cause of injury in the workplace. These types of accident are sometimes the precursor to accidents filed under a different category for instance being hit by tools in use, when supporting another person or an animal related accident. Public liability cases for injuries like facial scarring sustained on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with incidents having happened on Watergate and on Marine Rd.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical negligence describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of the lack of care of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of a compensation award, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Highland, you can contact NHS Highland, PO Box 5713, Inverness, the Highlands.

Read more about Medical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

We recognise the change a successful claim makes to severely injured claimants.

By relieving the financial pressure a serious injury places on a claimant, compensation helps people to prioritise their rehabilitation.

Read more about Serious injury compensation

Other types of claim

Bute 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, Bute 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 Bute, Bute 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 fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Is Quittance the right claims firm for me?

Our specialist solicitors have 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.

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Frequently asked questions

Have Quittance solicitors won many injury claims in Bute?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed solicitors that assists injured people in Bute and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have helped hundreds of people throughout Bute get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to accidents on building sites.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you

Usually a claim for compensation can take several months to complete and for the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulate legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not responsible for many factors of interest to claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Will you need a local solicitor ?

Going for a local solicitor is not particularly important as cases now tend to be handled remotely.

It is however necessary to select a law firm that provides national medical centres as claimants will need to go to an independent medical examination.

The diversity in success fees and insurance premiums between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is enormous.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person awarded ?24,096 for a moderate pain disorder can range from ?14,458 to ?20,482.

Further reading Get a personal injury quote

Bute solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Reviews can certainly be a good place to start when thinking about which lawyer to instruct.

Find out more Solicitor reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Bute

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Bute are relatively commonplace. Gov.uk statistics show 11 fatal accidents, 51 serious accidents and 242 slight accidents in 2013 in Argyll and Bute (Total events were 304 local authority district. In 2014 accidents decreased to 255.

Our group of knowledgeable personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in securing the highest compensation for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Bute.

Bute work accident statistics

The most recent 2019

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 Quittance’s 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.

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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