A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Our national network of lawyers help injury claimants across the country keep more compensation with our fairer success fees.

No matter whether you live in Carnoustie or anywhere in the country, we can will handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim.

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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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Key criteria

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis, is what starts the three-year time limit in these situations.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must prove 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.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our online claim calculator gives you an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Work accident claims in Carnoustie

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from scaffolding erectors to commissioning editors, to seek financial compensation.

See: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Carnoustie

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of professional no win no fee personal injury solicitors are experienced in negotiating maximum awards for anyone injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Carnoustie.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Carnoustie are relatively frequent. Official statistics reveal a total of 229 accidents (175 slight accidents, 51 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Angus local authority. In 2014 the total had decreased to 183.

See: Road traffic accident claim

Other claims

Slip and trip injuries

Recorded figures underscore the fact that slips and trips are by far the most prevalent accident at work. Slips and trips are often connected to accidents filed under a different category such as being struck by a moving object, being trapped by something or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place claims for injuries such as broken wrists occurring on tripping on a street are also quite prevalent with slips having occurred on St. Giles Terrace and on Kingsway East.

Serious injury

Quittance's team recognise the vital difference a compensation claim makes to people whose lives have been affected by major injury. By relieving the financial stress a major injury places on an injured claimant and their family, a claim enables them to prioritise recovery.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Clinical negligence in Carnoustie

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of a compensation award, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, to make a formal complaint against NHS Tayside.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Carnoustie No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Carnoustie and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Carnoustie and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of claims in Carnoustie?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of SRA regulated solicitors that assists people injured in Carnoustie, Angus and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Angus get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents due to poor road conditions and industrial disease.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and 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 means you will never be out of pocket.

How to pick the best personal injury solicitor

Compensation for a injury claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be settled. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is vital.

Read Carnoustie solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Reviews can certainly be revealing if you are weighing up which lawyer best serves your needs.

Find out more Personal injury lawyer reviews

Will you need to choose a local Carnoustie legal firm ?

The whereabouts of the firm is not particularly relevant as cases are normally managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors' firm that provides national medical coverage as claimants will almost always have to attend an independent medical examination.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. 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 elbow injuries causing some long term problems could vary between ?12,650 and ?25,850 (based on 2015 market research).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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