A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our nationwide network of solicitors help injured claimants throughout England and Wales to keep more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

If you live in Dunoon or anywhere in the UK, we can assist with your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, Quittance can help you make an injury 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Compensation claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

In the majority of cases, making a successful claim involves three components. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Your solicitor will look at how your injury claim will relate to these issues.

What is my claim worth?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in Dunoon

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from hotel workers to dietitians, to get the compensation they deserve.

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Road traffic accident claims in Dunoon

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of accredited road traffic accident (RTA) injury solicitors have vast experience in securing the highest compensation for claimants who have been injured in a car or motorbike crash in Dunoon.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Dunoon are relatively commonplace. Government statistics reveal a total of 304 accidents (242 slight accidents, 51 serious accidents and 11 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Argyll and Bute local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 255.

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Other claims we handle

Serious injury specialists in Dunoon

We recognise the critical difference an injury claim can make to people impacted by serious injury. By relieving the pressure a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on an injured claimant and their dependants, an injury claim helps them to prioritise their rehabilitation. Quittance's network of expert solicitors correspond with insurers and Courts ensuring people affected by serious accidents and injuries receive medical and financial support. Injuries and illnesses which are considered to be catastrophic or serious include bowel cancer, spinal cord damage and serious psychiatric harm.

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Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) figures highlight the fact that slips and trips are by some margin the most frequent cause of injury at work. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes related to injuries filed under a different category for instance being hit by machinery or a river drowning accident. Public place claims for injuries such as broken toes suffered on potholes are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on Queen Street and on George St.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses that range from asbestosis to dioxin poisoning.

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Clinical and medical negligence in Dunoon

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when someone suffers injury or illness due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want answers instead of financial damages. You can write to NHS Highland, PO Box 5713, Inverness, the Highlands, for example, to make a complaint against NHS Highland.

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Dunoon 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 Dunoon and across the UK.

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Meet the team

The national network of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Dunoon, from less severe claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their specialist knowledge and their success rate in winning claims.

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

Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Dunoon?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of results-focussed solicitors that assists people in Dunoon, Bute and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Bute get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents in the office to cycling accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process as 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.

How to select the right lawyer for you

It can take many months for most minor injury claims to reach a settlement. Injury claims involving serious injury or disputed liability can take much longer. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the quality of service does vary.

Your solicitor should be someone you can rely on throughout your claim to provide compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Look into Dunoon personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers can vary.

Online reviews is a great place to start if you are mulling over which lawyer to work with.

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Do you need to instruct a local Dunoon injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the law firm is not so relevant as cases can be run remotely.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice that provides medical facilities near you as you will have to go to a medical assessment.

Read about : Can I attend a medical centre near me?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for injuries from inhaling toxic fumes or smoke, for example, ranges from ?4,290 to ?10,175 (based on 2015 market data).

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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