A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors help clients across the UK to retain more personal injury compensation.

No matter whether you live in Dundee or anywhere else in England or Wales, our injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our panel of award-winning 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

For most claims, there are three key components to proving a claim. It needs to be proven that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Answers to your legal questions and invaluable guidance can be provided by a free phone consultation with a specialist lawyer.

Find out how much you can claim

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Road traffic accident claims in Dundee

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of best of breed road traffic accident legal advisors have a wealth of experience in obtaining the best compensation for claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Dundee.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Dundee are relatively frequent. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 219 accidents (180 slight accidents, 37 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dundee City local authority district. In 2014 the total had decreased to 193.

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Work accident claims in Dundee

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from catering assistants to dental hygienists, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries.

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Other claims

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive figures demonstrate that employee slips and trips are still the most prevalent accident at work as a whole in 2014/15. Slips and trips are sometimes the cause of accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by moving machinery or a harmful substance accident. Public place claims for injuries like broken ankles sustained on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with dislodged paving slab trips having occurred on Meadowside.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses that range from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to farmers lung.

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Serious injury lawyers serving Dundee

The lasting effect serious and catastrophic injury can have will be acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when they are determining injury compensation. By reducing the financial pressure a major injury places on an injured person and their family, injury compensation enables them to prioritise recovery. Our network of expert solicitors have aided families impacted by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries held to be serious range from brain injuries to lung cancer.

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Medical negligence in Dundee

When a person is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want closure or answers as opposed to injury compensation. For example, to make a complaint against NHS Tayside, you can contact Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

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Dundee 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 Dundee and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

Our national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Dundee, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen for their winning track record, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience.

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

How much experience do you have of winning claims in Dundee?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps injured people in Dundee and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Dundee get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents in the office.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make our claims process as stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

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 select the right injury lawyer

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from many months for minor and moderate injury to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to rely on throughout the claims process to give expert legal guidance and practical advice.

Do I need to choose a local Dundee legal firm ?

The location of a lawyers office is not especially important as injury cases are, as a matter of course, managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to go with a firm that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will usually have to go to a medical exam.

More on - Do you have a medical centre in or near Dundee?

Injury lawyer reviews in Dundee - Tips for comparing firms

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

The contrast in success fees and insurance premiums between different lawyers can have a significant impact on your compensation.

For example the amount retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?81,001 for deafness can range from ?48,600 to ?68,850.

See Compare personal injury solicitors 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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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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