A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Quittance's national network of solicitors help clients across the country to keep more damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Erskine or anywhere in the country, our expert injury solicitors can take on your claim and we will always set up a medical at a centre near you .

Can I make a injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, Quittance can help you make 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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Eligibility to claim

Claims for personal injury compensation must, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of an injury.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Your lawyer should look at how your claim will relate to these issues.

How much compensation could I get?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator gives an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Work accident claims in Erskine

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claimants, from hotel workers to estate agents, to claim for their work related injuries.

Find out more: Injured at work claim

Road traffic accident claims in Erskine

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of certified legal advisors have decades of experience in securing the best awards for people hurt in a car accident in Erskine.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Erskine are not uncommon. Official statistics reveal a total of 324 accidents (286 slight accidents, 33 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Renfrewshire council area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 317. Incidents in the Erskine region in 2013 included collisions on the A726 and M898 slip road and on the dual carriageway of the M8 and M898 slip road.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Erskine specialists for serious injury compensation

Courts understand that a serious injury has a life-altering impact on an individual and their family.

By limiting the financial stress a serious injury puts on an injured person and their dependants, compensation enables them to prioritise their recovery.

Our panel of law firms engage with insurers and the legal system, helping to ensure claimants affected by serious accidents get the legal and medical support they need.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation

Slip and trip injuries

Health and Saftey Executive statistics underscore the fact that employee slips and trips continue to be the most common cause of injury in the workplace. These types of accident are sometimes lead to accidents filed under a different category such as being hit by machinery or a fire related accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like bruised backs experienced on slippery pavements are also common with street trips having happened on Dumbarton Road and on Bargarron Square.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with securing compensation for industrial injuries that range from asbestosis to latex allergy.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Medical negligence in Erskine

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

If you just want a detailed explanation of what happened as opposed to a compensation award, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to make a formal complaint against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, you can write to West Glasgow Hospital, Dalnair Street, Glasgow.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

Erskine No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Erskine and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Erskine, from more minor injury cases to serious motorcycle injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience handling claims on behalf of injured 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

Has Quittance handled many Erskine claims?

We are a national network of expert solicitors that assists injured people in Erskine, Renfrewshire and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in Renfrewshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including road accidents and injuries sustained from a fall at work.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Help for injured people looking for a personal injury solicitor

Compensation for a claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be settled. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to trust throughout your claim to give compassionate practical advice and legal guidance.

Will you need to instruct a local injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby firm is not important as injury cases now tend to be conducted remotely.

It is however necessary to choose a solicitors practice that has national medical centres as you will usually have to attend a medical exam.

Read more : What is the process for attending a medical?

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Read Erskine personal injury solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by lawyers, as with any service, can differ.

Reading reviews can help build a picture if you are considering which lawyer to act for you.

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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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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