A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Our national network of solicitors help claimants across the UK to keep more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Houston or anywhere else in the UK, our injury solicitors will manage your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, Quittance's panel of solicitors 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for personal injury compensation must, in most cases, be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that matters.

For most claims, proving a claim will involve three issues. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Answers and both practical and legal advice can be offered through a free phone consultation with a Houston-specialist solicitor.

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator gives you an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

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Work accident claims in Houston

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from members of the air force to government research officers, to secure financial compensation awards.

Find out more: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Houston

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of skilled no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in securing optimum settlements for people who have been injured in a road accident in Houston.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Houston are relatively frequent. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 324 accidents (286 slight accidents, 33 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Renfrewshire local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 317.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Houston

When a person is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want the hospital to explain what happened instead of financial damages. To make a formal complaint against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, for example, you can write to West Glasgow Hospital, Dalnair Street, Glasgow.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip and trip injuries

Government data indicate that slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of injury at work as a whole in 2014/15. These types of accident are frequently connected to accidents categorised as another type of accident like being hit by another person, a fall from a ladder or a fire related accident. Public place litigation for injuries like facial scarring experienced on tripping on a street are also common with recent pothole trips having happened on North St.

Serious injury

The Courts recognise that a serious injury will have a significant impact on an affected individual and their dependants.

We fight hard for the maximum compensation for major injuries, which includes claiming for medical expenses and care costs.

Quittance's panel of specialist serious injury solicitors for many years have aided families impacted by major accidents. Injury and illness considered to be serious include head injuries, mesothelioma and birth negligence.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help with getting compensation for industrial injuries ranging from workplace cancer to farmers lung.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Houston No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Houston and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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

Meet the team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Houston and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their winning track record and their level of specialist experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

Have you handled many Houston claims?

Quittance is a nationwide network of expert personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people injured in Houston, Renfrewshire and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of people across Renfrewshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including workplace accidents and public place accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, make our claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

How to select the best lawyer for your compensation claim

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

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

Do you have to choose a lawyer in Houston?

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

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in Houston - What to look for

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to formal and traditional. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The diversity in the amount of fees between lawyers working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is considerable.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of ?27,080 for complicated leg fractures might vary from ?16,248 to ?23,018.

Additional reading How to compare personal injury solicitors

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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