A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors help claimants throughout the UK to keep more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Fort William or anywhere in the UK, our expert injury solicitors will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Have I got a injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, Quittance can assist you with 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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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims for compensation should, in the majority of cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like RSI may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that matters.

In the majority of cases, a successful compensation claim involves three components. It needs to be shown that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Work accident claims in Fort William

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from construction workers to editorial assistants, to claim injury compensation.

Read more: Injured at work claims

Road traffic accident claims in Fort William

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of proficient road traffic accident injury solicitors are experienced in getting optimum general and special damages for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Fort William.

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Fort William are relatively commonplace. Government statistics reveal a total of 616 accidents (523 slight accidents, 73 serious accidents and 20 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Highland local authority. In 2014 the total had decreased to 580.

Read more: Road accident compensation claim

Other claims

Clinical negligence in Fort William

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

Slip, trip and fall injuries

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.

Fort William serious injury compensation claims

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

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with getting compensation for industrial illness that include anything from allergic contact dermatitis to irritant contact dermatitis.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation

Fort William No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Fort William and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Fort William and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their specialist knowledge and their track record in winning claims.

Meet the team - click here.

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

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.

How to pick the best lawyer for you

In many cases a personal injury claim can take several months to complete and for serious injury cases, some claims can take over a year. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, however the SRA are not required to monitor many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

The contrast in the level of fees charged by solicitors working on No Win No Fee agreements is surprising.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by an injured person who was awarded ?43,465 for severe wrist injuries causing loss of function of the wrist could conceivably vary from ?26,079 to ?36,945.

Further reading Get a personal injury quote

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.

Read about : Do you have a medical centre in or near Fort William?

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.

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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