A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our national panel of lawyers help claimants across the UK retain more of their compensation with our fairer success fees.

If you are based in Forres or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can are able to manage your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, we 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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Key criteria

Injury claims should be made within three years of an injury in the majority of cases.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

In most cases, there are three key components to proving a claim. It needs to 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

The solicitor will discuss each of these key issues and will look at how they apply in your case.

Calculate my compensation

The level of compensation you will be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. 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 Forres

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

Read more: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Forres

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from forklift drivers to fisheries officers, to claim compensation.

Read more: Work accident claim

Other injury claims

Forres lawyers for serious injury compensation

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

Slips and trips

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.

Medical negligence in Forres

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

Industrial disease

Litigators can help claimants with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from radiation exposure to farmers lung.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Forres 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 Forres and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Forres, from more minor injury cases to long term illness. Chosen for their track record in recovering compensation, QLS's solicitors have years of experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

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.

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.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Choosing the most suitable solicitor for your legal case is a key step towards successfully claiming the highest settlement or award for your illness or injuries.

How do you make sure you choose the ideal firm to represent you?

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.

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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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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