Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?
If you were injured or became sick due to someone else's actions, you may be able to claim compensation.
How Quittance can help
Each year, we help injured people in Fort William, Highland and across the UK claim compensation for:
Do I have a personal injury claim?
You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:
- within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
- another person was negligent or at fault, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other considerations?
Yes. There are various other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or whether there was a criminal incident.
It costs nothing to find out if you have a valid claim. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant Claim Checker:
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 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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my injury compensation
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:
Road accident claims in Fort William
If you are hurt in an accident on Fort William's roads as the result of another driver's carelessness, you have the right to make a claim for compensation.
No matter if you were injured riding a cycle on Fort William's roads, or have been hurt in a car collision, our guide explains how to claim road accident compensation.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in Fort William
If you have suffered an injury because of your employer's actions or negligence, you have the right to make a claim.
Whatever your job, whether you injured your back or developed carpal tunnel syndrome, our work accident claim guide shows you how best to make a successful no win no fee claim.Work accident claims
Other types of injury claim
Accidents in a public place
Recorded statistics underscore the fact that slips and trips are still the most common accident at work. They are sometimes connected to injuries filed under a different category for instance being hit by hand tools in use or an animal related accident. Public place accident claims injuries like fractured vertebrae occurring on raised flagstones are also common with street falls having happened on High Street and on Battlefield Crescent.
Clinical negligence describes when a person sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.
If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can contact NHS Highland, PO Box 5713, Inverness, the Highlands, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Highland.
Read more: Clinical negligence compensation
More claim types
The Courts understand that a serious injury has a life-altering effect on an affected individual and their family. A claim will ease the financial load and reduce the pressure on an injured person and their dependants enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.
Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation
Fort William 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, Fort William 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 Fort William, Highland 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.
Your questions answered
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.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
if you can claim
to start a claim
Has Quittance handled many claims in Fort William?
Quittance is a national network of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Fort William, the Highlands and across the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.
In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people across the Highlands seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from pedestrian accidents to accidents on building sites.
Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.
Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?
If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.
Will you need to choose a local legal firm?
The location of the solicitors office is not especially critical as cases are normally managed without the need to meet the solicitor.
However, you should choose a solicitors' firm that provides medical facilities near Fort William as you will need to attend a medical exam.
Reviews for injury lawyers in Fort William
Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.
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.
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.
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*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
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.
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.
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.