A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our nationwide panel of injury lawyers help claimants throughout England and Wales retain more of their compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in East Kilbride or anywhere in the UK, our injury lawyers are able to handle your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Do I have a personal 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, 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims for personal injury compensation should usually be made within a three-year window.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

In the majority of cases, there are three main elements to proving a claim. 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

How much compensation could I get?

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of points. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in East Kilbride

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury solicitors have years of experience in fighting for the highest settlements for anyone who has been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in East Kilbride.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in East Kilbride are reasonably common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 619 accidents (544 slight accidents, 69 serious accidents and 6 fatal accidents) in 2013 in South Lanarkshire council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 657. Incidents in the East Kilbride region in 2013 included car crashes on the A726 and A725 roundabout and on the A725 and B761 roundabout.

See: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in East Kilbride

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from kitchen workers to corporate treasurers, to secure financial compensation settlements.

See: Work accident compensation

Other claims we handle

Serious injury

Courts recognise that a serious injury has a life-changing impact on an individual and their family. Quittance's network of solicitors work hard for maximum compensation for severe injuries. This includes compensation for medical treatment and care costs.

See: Serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help with securing compensation for industrial illness ranging from occupational asthma to farmers lung.

See: Industrial disease claims

Slips and trips

Officially recorded figures stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of injury in the workplace in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the initiators of injuries classified under another heading such as being struck by machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place cases for injuries such as fractured ankles happening on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with street falls having occurred in the local area.

Clinical negligence in East Kilbride

When a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could make a formal complaint if you just want a better understanding of events instead of starting an injury claim. For example, to make a formal complaint against NHS Lanarkshire, you can write to Kirklands, Fallside Road, Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

See: Medical negligence claim

East Kilbride 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 East Kilbride and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in East Kilbride and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their track record in recovering compensation and their level of specialist experience.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

What experience do you have of handling claims in East Kilbride?

Quittance is a national network of award winning solicitors that helps injured people in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of claimants in Lanarkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from motorbike pillion passenger accidents to industrial disease.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

What to consider when picking the best solicitor

Selecting the most appropriate personal injury lawyer for your case is an important step towards achieving the best compensation award for your injuries.

How do you ensure you choose the best firm to pursue compensation for you?

Will you need to choose a local legal firm ?

The location of the firm is not especially important as cases are handled remotely.

You will need to instruct a company that has national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will usually be expected to go to a medical exam.

More : Do you have a medical centre in or near East Kilbride?

The variation in the amount of fees between different law firms is enormous.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant awarded ?19,263 for elbow injuries causing some long term problems could conceivably vary from ?11,558 to ?16,374.

Read more at Get a personal injury quote

Solicitor reviews in East Kilbride - What to look for

Speaking to a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service taken by individual firms.

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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