A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Our nationwide network of solicitors help clients across the UK keep more of their settlement or damages.

Whether you are based in Elderslie or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury solicitors can help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

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

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Information and legal advice can be given on a short, no-obligation phone consultation with an expert Elderslie lawyer.

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The compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Road traffic accident claims in Elderslie

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of certified no win, no fee litigators have years of experience in negotiating the highest settlements for people injured in a road accident in Elderslie.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Elderslie are relatively commonplace. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 324 accidents (286 slight accidents, 33 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Renfrewshire council area. By 2014 accidents decreased to 317.

For more information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Elderslie

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people hurt in an accident, from members of the Royal Navy to exploration geologists, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries.

For more information: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from noise induced hearing loss to asthma caused by isocyanates.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Elderslie experts for serious injury claims

We recognise the vital difference compensation will make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. A claim will lessen the financial burden and reduce the pressure on a claimant and their family so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of specialist lawyers have aided claimants receive damages for many major injuries and conditions. Injury and illness categorised as serious include concussion and amputation.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data reveal that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are frequently related to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being hit by a runaway vehicle or a toxic substance accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like facial scarring experienced on obstructed pathways are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having occurred on Walkinshaw Street and on Sycamore Avenue.

Clinical negligence in Elderslie

Medical negligence is the term for when someone sustains an injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you are just looking for closure instead of financial compensation, you could make a formal complaint. To raise a complaint against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, for example, you can write to West Glasgow Hospital, Dalnair Street, Glasgow.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Elderslie No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Elderslie and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Elderslie and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

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 do Quittance solicitors have of winning claims in Elderslie?

We are a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that assists people in Elderslie, Renfrewshire and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of claimants throughout Renfrewshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including part-time worker injuries and motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and expert advice, mean making a claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.


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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How to select the right personal injury lawyer for your claim

Choosing the most suitable legal representation to assist you is a crucial step towards claiming the best settlement or award for your illness or injuries.

With approximately 31 offices within 25 miles of Elderslie (according to the 2015 SRA database) - how can you make certain you instruct the most appropriate one to represent you?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

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 hip or pelvis fractures needing surgery could vary between ?31,625 and ?42,460 (based on 2015 market research).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Look into Elderslie solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by lawyers, as with any service, vary enormously.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can certainly be instructive if you are thinking about which solicitor to choose and which considerations are most important to you.

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Are Elderslie claimants restricted to only local personal injury solicitors?

You do not need to instruct a lawyer near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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