A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Our nationwide panel of solicitors help clients throughout the UK to keep more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Falkirk or anywhere in the UK, our expert solicitors will assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a compensation 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Injury A claim must usually be made within a three-year window.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like RSI may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what is important in such cases.

Whether a claim is being made for a slip, trip or work accident in Falkirk, there are three key components to making a successful claim. It must be demonstrated that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

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The injury compensation you are likely to receive is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

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Work accident claims in Falkirk

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from electricians to environmental education officers, to claim work accident compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Falkirk

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Falkirk are common. Official statistics show 3 fatal accidents, 37 serious accidents and 283 slight accidents in 2013 in Falkirk (Total events were 323 local authority. By 2014 the total had decreased to 296. Incidents in the Falkirk region in 2013 included collisions on the roundabout of the A803 and B816 mini-roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A904 and A9 roundabout.

Our group of certified litigators have decades of experience in securing maximum awards for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Falkirk.

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Other claims we handle

Clinical negligence in Falkirk

When a patient suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong rather than claiming compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to make a complaint against NHS Forth Valley, you can contact Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Stirling Road, Larbert, Falkirk.

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Slips and trips

Recorded statistics stress the fact that slips and trips are the most prevalent accident at work in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes connected to injuries categorised as something else such as being hit by moving machinery or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as broken wrists sustained on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with street falls having happened on Main St and on Glen Crescent.

Falkirk specialists for serious injury compensation

We recognise the difference compensation will make to severely injured claimants. We work hard for the maximum compensation for serious injuries, including damages for medical expenses and care costs.

Quittance's panel of specialist serious injury solicitors have aided claimants impacted by severe accidents.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from mesothelioma to chronic silicosis.

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Falkirk 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 Falkirk and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Falkirk, from short-term injury cases to life-changing injury. Chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

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

Has Quittance won many injury claims in Falkirk?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Falkirk, Stirlingshire and throughout the UK, get compensation.

Last year, we assisted 100's of claimants in Stirlingshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from whiplash to ladder accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and 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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Usually a personal injury claim can take months to agree a settlement and for cases of serious injury, some claims can take over a year. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

The contrast in the level of insurance premiums and success fees between different solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements is important for claimants.

As an example the amount retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?24,104 for a moderate pain disorder can vary from ?14,462 to ?20,488.

Further reading Get a personal injury quote

What should you consider when checking Falkirk solicitor reviews?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to sympathetic. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

Are Falkirk claimants restricted to only local law firms?

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.

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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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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