A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our nationwide network of lawyers help claimants across the UK keep more of their personal injury settlement with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Gourock or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert personal injury lawyers can take on your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim.

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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

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like asbestosis 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 considered.

To win a personal injury case, it should be demonstrated that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Answers to your questions and useful guidance will be provided by a free phone consultation with an Gourock injury lawyer.

Calculate your compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in Gourock

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from soldiers to exploration geologists, to claim work accident compensation.

Find out more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Gourock

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of accredited injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in getting the highest compensation for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Gourock.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Gourock are common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 150 accidents (138 slight accidents, 12 serious accidents and fatal accidents) in 2013 in Inverclyde local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 186.

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Other claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from occupational asthma to asthma caused by flour.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slip and trip accidents

Officially recorded figures emphasise the fact that slips and trips are the most frequent accident at work. Slips and trips are quite often the initiators of accidents classified under another heading such as being hit by a runaway vehicle or a fire related accident. Public place cases for injuries like broken ankles suffered on potholes are also quite common with recent street falls having happened on Tower Drive and on Angus Road.

Serious injury

The Courts recognise that serious injuries have a life-altering impact on a claimant and their dependants.

A claim should ease the financial load on an injured person and their dependants enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Our panel of solicitors have aided families claim damages for a range of severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious include spinal cord damage and major surgical negligence.

Find out more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Gourock

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you just want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of starting an injury claim, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To make a formal complaint against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, for example, you can contact West Glasgow Hospital, Dalnair Street, Glasgow.

Find out more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Gourock 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 Gourock and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Gourock, from fast track cases to long term illness. Our lawyers are selected for their track record in winning claims and their specialist expertise.

Meet more of the QLS 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 do your solicitors have of handling claims in Gourock?

We are a nationwide network of award winning solicitors that assists injured people in Gourock, Renfrewshire and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people throughout Renfrewshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained at work and pedestrian accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Locating the right personal injury solicitor for your compensation claim

It can take several months for most minor injury claims to be settled. Cases for very serious injury or illness can take years in some circumstances. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by all solicitors, however they are not responsible for many issues that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is vital.

Look into Gourock personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by solicitors can vary significantly.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews is a great place to start if you are trying to decide which solicitor to pick.

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Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for wrist injuries causing permanent pain and stiffness, for example, ranges from ?10,175 to ?19,800 (based on 2015 market data).

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?".

Do I need to select a local Gourock solicitor ?

The location of a firm is not very critical as cases are typically run by phone and email.

However, you should choose a law firm that has a national network as claimants will usually be expected to go to a medical examination.

See : Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

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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