A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Quittance's national network of lawyers help clients throughout England and Wales retain more damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Cove Bay or anywhere in the UK, Quittance can will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, Quittance 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?

Claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

Whether claiming for a road accident in Cove Bay, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Your lawyer will look at how these issues relates to your claim.

How much can I claim?

The level of compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in Cove Bay

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from dental nurses to clinical cytogeneticists, to claim injury compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Cove Bay

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of proficient no win no fee litigators have decades of experience in negotiating optimum damages for people who have been hurt in a road accident in Cove Bay.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Cove Bay are relatively commonplace. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 395 accidents (291 slight accidents, 100 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Aberdeen City local authority district. In 2014 the total had decreased to 310.

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Other claims we handle

Cove Bay specialists for serious injury compensation

The long-term impact a serious injury has will be understood by the Courts when working out what a claim is worth. Quittance's panel of specialist solicitors fight to get maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, which includes compensation for medical and care costs.

Read more about Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical and medical negligence in Cove Bay

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when a person sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you are only looking for closure instead of injury compensation. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Grampian, for example, you can write to Summerfield House, 2 Eday Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.

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Slip, trip and fall accidents

Recorded figures reveal that slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of injury in the workplace in 2014/15. Slips and trips are often related to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by moving machinery, a lifting injury or a fire related accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as broken arms suffered on potholes are also quite prevalent with slips and trips having occurred on Loirston Rd and on Gardner Drive.

Cove Bay 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 Cove Bay and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Cove Bay, from more minor injury cases to long term industrial disease. Our solicitors are selected for their success rate in winning claims and their level of experience.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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 Cove Bay?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Cove Bay, Aberdeenshire and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Aberdeenshire seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including motorbike pillion passenger accidents and industrial disease.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and expert advice, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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.

What to consider when picking the right injury lawyer

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to potentially years for complex cases. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), however the quality of service does vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on at every step of the process to give expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

The disparity in the level of personal injury insurance premiums and success fees charged by lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements is quite significant

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of ?15,658 for displaced metatarsal fractures can vary from ?9,395 to ?13,309.

Additional reading How to compare personal injury solicitors

Solicitor reviews in Cove Bay - What to consider

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different firms.

Will I need to select a local lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is not particularly important as injury cases are, as a matter of course, conducted by phone and email.

However, you should choose a company that provides a national network as claimants will almost always be expected to go to a medical exam.

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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