A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our national panel of lawyers help clients throughout England and Wales to retain more damages.

Whether you live in Giffnock or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can help you make 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

A claim must usually be made within 3 years of the injury.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what is important in these situations.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a work-related illness or road accident, there are three key components to proving a claim. It must 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 these issues and should look at how they apply in your case.

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The financial compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of criteria. Our online compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could win.

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Road traffic accident claims in Giffnock

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Giffnock are relatively common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 120 accidents (105 slight accidents, 13 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Renfrewshire local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 110.

Our panel of no win no fee solicitors have decades of experience in securing the highest compensation for anyone hurt in a road accident in Giffnock.

Further information: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Giffnock

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people injured in an accident, from members of the army to electrical engineers, to secure financial compensation awards.

Further information: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Giffnock

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a person is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you just want answers as opposed to financial compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can write to West Glasgow Hospital, Dalnair Street, Glasgow, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Further information: Medical negligence compensation claims

Giffnock experts for serious injury compensation claims

The Quittance team recognise the critical change a compensation claim can make to severely injured claimants. By reducing the pressure catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured person, injury compensation helps them to focus on recovery. Our network of law firms for many years have aided people affected by severe accidents.

Further information: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from occupational asthma to farmers lung.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive statistics underscore the fact that slips and trips are by some margin the most prevalent cause of injury at work in 2014/15. Slips and trips are often the precursor to injuries recorded in another category, such as being hit by tools in use or a river drowning accident. Public liability cases for injuries such as bruised backs experienced on slippery pavements are also common with pothole trips having happened in the area.

Giffnock 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 Giffnock and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

Our national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Giffnock and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their success rate in winning claims.

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

Have you handled many claims in Giffnock?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated solicitors that assists people injured in Giffnock, Renfrewshire and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Renfrewshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from injuries sustained from a fall at work to pedestrian accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your accident?

Choosing the best personal injury lawyer to represent you is a critical step towards negotiating the highest compensation settlement for your accident.

How can you ensure you choose the most appropriate solicitors' practice to instruct?

What should be considered when checking Giffnock solicitor reviews?

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for serious shoulder injuries could vary between ?10,340 and ?15,510 (based on 2015 market research).

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Giffnock?

The majority of large firms operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

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

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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