Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

Our personal injury services

We have helped injured people in Forres, Moray and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. There are a number of other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or how close to the claim limitation date you are.

Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker:

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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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation calculator

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Forres road accident claims

Forres drivers and other road users should be able to start a claim for compensation if they are injured as the result of someone else's actions.

It does not matter if you have been hurt in a crash, or were involved in a hit-and-run on Forres's roads, the Quittance useful guide explains how to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Forres

You may be entitled to claim work accident compensation if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, a temp or on a zero-hours contract, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Injuries in a public place

Government statistics emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace in 2014/15. They are frequently the cause of injuries attributed to other causes such as being hit by an object falling from a building or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability compensation claims for injuries such as sprained arms happening on potholes are also quite common with kerb stone trips having occurred on High St.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone is injured due to a doctor or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

If you just want closure instead of claiming compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To raise a complaint against NHS Grampian, for example, you can write to Summerfield House, 2 Eday Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.

Read more: Clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The lasting impact of a serious injury is understood by insurers and the Courts when they are calculating compensation.

By relieving the pressure a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on an injured person and their family, injury compensation enables people to focus on recovery.

Read more: Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Forres No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Forres injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Forres, Moray and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

We are Quittance Legal Services

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

How much experience does Quittance have of winning claims in Forres?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that assists people in Forres, Moray and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Moray seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on the road and slips and trips at work.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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.

Solicitor reviews in Forres - What to consider

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to strictly professional. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

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. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For ankle injuries causing some permanent problems, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from £11,110 to £21,505 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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?".

Are Forres claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a lawyer near you.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

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

What are the road accident statistics in Forres

Accidents involving vehicles in Forres are relatively commonplace. Officially reported accident data shows 3 fatal accidents, 47 serious accidents and 105 slight accidents in 2013 in Moray (Total events were 155 local authority. By 2014 accidents decreased to 121.

Our network of proficient no win no fee injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in negotiating the best compensation for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car accident in Forres.

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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