A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's national network of lawyers help personal injury claimants throughout England and Wales to keep more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Cardross or anywhere in the country, our expert injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial 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?

Injury claims must be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred in most cases.

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that is considered.

For the majority of injury claims, making a successful claim will involve three issues. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Making your claim sooner will enable your lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

Compensation calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Cardross

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people injured in an accident, from carpenters to commercial horticulturists, to claim maximum compensation.

Read more: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Cardross

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of best of breed road traffic accident (RTA) injury solicitors are experienced in obtaining the best damages for anyone who has sustained an injury in a road accident in Cardross.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Cardross are relatively common with statistics showing 11 fatal accidents, 51 serious accidents and 242 slight accidents in 2013 in Argyll and Bute (Total events were 304 local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 255.

Read more: Road accident compensation claim

Other types of claim

Clinical and medical negligence in Cardross

Medical negligence is the term for when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for closure or answers as opposed to financial damages. For example, you can contact NHS Highland, PO Box 5713, Inverness, the Highlands, to raise a complaint against NHS Highland.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

The Quittance team understand the vital change an injury claim will make to severely injured claimants. A successful claim will ease the financial burden and reduce stress so an injured claimant and their family so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip and trip injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data reveal that employee slips and trips are by far the most frequent accident at work in 2014/15. Slips and trips are frequently related to injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being struck by a moving object, a carrying injury or a river drowning accident. Public place litigation for injuries such as broken shoulders experienced on obstructed footpaths are also quite prevalent with recent pothole trips having happened on Main Rd and on Grosvenor Rd.

Cardross 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 Cardross and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Cardross and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their success rate in winning claims and their professionalism.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

Have Quittance solicitors won many injury claims in Cardross?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of award winning solicitors that assists claimants in Cardross, Bute and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

We have helped 100's of claimants in Bute seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and part-time worker injuries.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How to pick the best lawyer for your compensation claim

Choosing the most suitable personal injury solicitor to represent you is a key step towards achieving the highest compensation settlement for your injuries.

With some 31 offices within 25 miles of Cardross - what is the best way to ensure you select the most appropriate firm to act for you?

The disparity in the level of success fees and ATE premiums between firms often surprises claimants.

For instance the amount retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?36,747 for serious hand injuries can vary from ?22,048 to ?31,235.

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Cardross solicitor reviews

The levels of service provided by solicitors can differ considerably.

Researching reviews can certainly be a good place to start when weighing up which lawyer to go with.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

Are Cardross claimants restricted to only local law firms?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

In general, the only aspect that should be carried out locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

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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