A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Our national network of injury lawyers help clients across the UK keep more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

No matter whether you live in Cumnock or anywhere else in the UK, we can will take on your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our panel of expert solicitors 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as repetitive strain injuries are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is important.

For the majority of injury claims, proving a claim has three key components. It must be proven 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 can take you through each of these key issues and should look at how they apply in your case.

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The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Road traffic accident claims in Cumnock

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Cumnock are relatively frequent. Officially reported accident data shows 4 fatal accidents, 28 serious accidents and 177 slight accidents in 2013 in East Ayrshire (Total events were 209 local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 224.

Quittance's network of accredited road traffic accident (RTA) injury solicitors have years of experience in obtaining the best awards for people hurt in a road accident in Cumnock.

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Work accident claims in Cumnock

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to counsellors, to claim work accident compensation.

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Other claims

Cumnock serious injury compensation

The long-term effect serious and catastrophic injury has will be recognised by Courts and insurance companies when they are determining a claim.

Quittance fight hard for compensation for serious injury and illness. This includes reimbursement for medical treatment and care costs. Quittance's panel of specialist serious injury solicitors engage with insurance providers and the defendant's representatives ensuring families impacted by serious accidents and injuries get the legal and medical support they need.

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Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive figures demonstrate that employee slips and trips are still the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work. Slips and trips are quite often lead to accidents recorded in a different category e.g. being hit by tools in use or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like facial scarring happening on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with recent kerb stone trips having happened on Lugar St and on Craigens Road.

Medical negligence in Cumnock

Medical negligence is the term for when a person suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor or other health worker. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you only want closure instead of claiming compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can contact Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, Ayshire, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with getting compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from occupational asthma to asthma caused by latex.

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Cumnock No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Cumnock and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Cumnock, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Cumnock?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people in Cumnock, Ayrshire and throughout the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted 100's of claimants throughout Ayrshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to scaffolding accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as easy 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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your claim?

Selecting the most suitable PI solicitor to represent you is a key step towards securing the most compensation.

What is the best way to ensure you select the ideal one for your specific circumstances?

Will you need a local legal firm ?

Going for a local solicitors office is not relevant as injury cases now tend to be run without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should go with a law firm that provides medical facilities near you as you will be expected to go to a medical assessment.

The variation in the amount of personal injury insurance premiums and success fees charged by firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is a material consideration for claimants.

For example the amount retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?101,926 for spinal cord damage could vary from ?61,156 to ?86,637.

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Cumnock personal injury solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by lawyers, as with any service, vary enormously.

Researching reviews can certainly be revealing if you are thinking about which solicitor to work with.

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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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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