A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our national network of solicitors help clients across the country retain more of their personal injury settlement with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Helensburgh or anywhere in the UK, our experienced personal injury solicitors will take on your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Can I make a injury claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, Quittance 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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Eligibility to claim

A claim must usually be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like RSI are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of diagnosis that matters.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It needs to be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

How much can I claim?

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

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Road traffic accident claims in Helensburgh

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Helensburgh are not uncommon with 11 fatal accidents, 51 serious accidents and 242 slight accidents in 2013 in Argyll and Bute (Total events were 304 local authority area. By 2014 the total had decreased to 255.

Quittance's group of expert road traffic accident lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving optimum damages for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Helensburgh.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Helensburgh

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from hotel workers to holiday representatives, to secure financial compensation awards.

Read more: Accident at work compensation claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help claimants with getting compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from noise induced hearing loss to farmers lung.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury specialists handling compensation in Helensburgh

The long-term effect of a serious injury is recognised by Courts and insurance companies when they are determining a claim. Quittance fight to achieve compensation for severe injury and illness. This includes compensation for private medical treatment and case costs. Our network of expert lawyers for many years have aided families impacted by serious accidents and injuries.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips and trips

Reported data underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work. Slips and trips are sometimes the initiators of accidents attributed to other causes for instance being hit by a moving object or a lake drowning accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like cheekbone fractures occurring on obstructed pathways are also quite common with pavement crack trips having happened on the Clachan and on Churchill Square.

Medical negligence in Helensburgh

Clinical negligence is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of injury compensation. For example, to make a formal complaint against NHS Highland, you can contact NHS Highland, PO Box 5713, Inverness, the Highlands.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Helensburgh 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 Helensburgh and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Helensburgh and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their specialist expertise and their winning track record.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

What experience does Quittance have of handling claims in Helensburgh?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that helps people in Helensburgh, Bute and across the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we have helped hundreds of claimants across Bute get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to accidents on building sites.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, make our claims process as stress-free as possible.

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.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for you is critical

Instructing the most appropriate law firm to represent you is a key step towards securing the highest settlement or award for your accident.

With some 31 offices within a 25 radius of Helensburgh SRA website 2015) - how can you ensure you select the ideal one for your case?

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 chest injuries could vary between ?10,175 and ?14,520 (based on 2015 market research).

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?".

Comparing Helensburgh personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to sympathetic. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

Do I need to choose a local Helensburgh injury lawyer ?

The location of a solicitor is not so important as cases are handled by phone and email.

It is however necessary to select a solicitors practice that offers a national network as claimants will have to attend a medical exam.

Further reading - Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

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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