A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's national network of lawyers help clients throughout the UK retain more damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Dundonald or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will always set up a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim for injury 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, Quittance's panel of 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?

Claims for personal injury compensation must usually be made within three years.

To win a personal injury case, it must be shown 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 compensation can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get will depend on a variety of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Dundonald

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Dundonald are relatively frequent with statistics showing a total of 244 accidents (218 slight accidents, 22 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in South Ayrshire local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 245.

Our network of skilled no win no fee litigators have decades of experience in getting the best compensation for anyone hurt in a car accident in Dundonald.

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Work accident claims in Dundonald

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from metal workers to corporate treasurers, to claim compensation.

Find out more: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other types of claim

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that include anything from allergic contact dermatitis to dioxin poisoning.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Dundonald experts for serious injury compensation

Quittance understand the critical change a compensation claim will make to severely injured claimants. Compensation will ease the financial burden on an injured claimant enabling them to prioritise recovery.

Our panel of solicitor firms have aided claimants receive damages for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries categorised as catastrophic or serious range from hydrocarbon poisoning to brain tumours.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Saftey Executive statistics demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent cause of injury at work in 2014/15. They are sometimes forerunner to injuries recorded in another category for instance being hit by a reversing vehicle or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as sprained wrists occurring on obstructed walkways are also quite common with falls having occurred on Upper Newtownards Rd and on Granton Park.

Clinical negligence in Dundonald

When a person is injured as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you just want the hospital to explain what happened instead of injury compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can write to Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, Ayshire, for example, to make a complaint against NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Dundonald 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 Dundonald and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet the team

The national network of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Dundonald, from relatively minor claims to catastrophic injury. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

How much experience does Quittance have of claims in Dundonald?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of SRA regulated solicitors that helps claimants in Dundonald, Ayrshire and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants in Ayrshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including cycling accidents and industrial disease.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.


Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

You will be liaising with your solicitor for a long period of time, from many months for minor and moderate injury to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues of interest to claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust at every step of the process to give compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Injury lawyer reviews in Dundonald - Tips for comparing firms

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

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 loss of hearing in one ear could vary between ?25,300 and ?36,850 (based on 2015 market research).

Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

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

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

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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