A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's national panel of solicitors help clients across the UK keep more personal injury compensation with our fairer success fees.

No matter whether you are based in Inverbervie or anywhere in the country, our experienced personal injury lawyers can manage your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a compensation 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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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for personal injury compensation should, in the majority of cases, be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Inverbervie or slip or trip, there are three elements to a successful personal injury claim. It must be demonstrated 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 amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Road traffic accident claims in Inverbervie

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Inverbervie are not uncommon. Official statistics show a total of 619 accidents (422 slight accidents, 174 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Aberdeenshire local authority area. In 2014 the total had decreased to 570.

Our panel of accredited personal injury lawyers are experienced in obtaining the highest compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Inverbervie.

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Work accident claims in Inverbervie

Worker injured in accident

We have helped injured claimants, from electricians to herbalists, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries.

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Other claims

Clinical negligence in Inverbervie

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been injured by medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages, you can raise a formal complaint. To make a formal complaint against NHS Grampian, for example, you can write to Summerfield House, 2 Eday Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.

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Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive statistics indicate that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in 2014/15. Slips and trips are often connected to injuries recorded in another category e.g. being hit by tools in use, a fall from a ladder or an electrocution accident. Public place cases for injuries like fractured wrists happening on spillages are also quite common with trips having happened on Main Rd and on High Street.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from noise induced hearing loss to asthma caused by enzymes.

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Inverbervie lawyers for serious injury compensation claims

Quittance understand the critical difference a compensation claim can make to people whose lives have been affected by severe injury.

Quittance fight for maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, which includes compensation for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Quittance's network of expert solicitors for many years have aided people affected by severe accidents. Injuries and illnesses held to be catastrophic or serious range from multiple fractures to asbestosis.

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Inverbervie 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 Inverbervie and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Inverbervie and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation and their specialist knowledge.

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

Has Quittance won many injury claims in Inverbervie?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of specialist solicitors that helps people injured in Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Aberdeenshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and injuries sustained at work.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.


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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

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

You will be liaising with your solicitor for a long period of time, from months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, but the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

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 minor eye injuries, for example, ranges from ?3,190 to ?7,040 (based on 2015 market data).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

What should be considered when comparing reviews for solicitors in Inverbervie?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to formal and traditional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Inverbervie?

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

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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