Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Each year, we help injured claimants in Johnstone, Renfrewshire and across the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

The main criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In practice, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or whether the claim is considered to be low-quantum.

Talk to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Personal Injury Claim Checker:

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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.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation calculator

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in Johnstone

If you suffered an injury on Johnstone's roads because of a negligent road user, you have the right to make a claim for compensation.

No matter if you were injured as a pedestrian on Johnstone's roads, or have been hurt in a crash, Quittance's guide sets out what you need to do to make a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Johnstone

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp employed via an agency, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Injuries in a public place

Recorded figures underline the fact that slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of injury at work. Slips and trips are typically connected to injuries filed under a different category for instance being struck by machinery or a river drowning accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as broken ankles suffered on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with trips having happened on Walkinshaw Street and on Sycamore Avenue.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when someone is injured due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, you can write to West Glasgow Hospital, Dalnair Street, Glasgow.

Further information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The lasting impact of a serious injury will be recognised by solicitors and insurers when working out what a claim is worth. By limiting the pressure severe injury places on an injured person and their dependants, an injury claim helps claimants to concentrate on their rehabilitation.

Our network of lawyers engage with the Courts, insurance providers and doctors, helping to ensure people affected by severe accidents get the support they need.

Further information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Johnstone No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Johnstone injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Johnstone, Renfrewshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Free, no obligation advice

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

What experience do the solicitors have of claims in Johnstone?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of specialist solicitors that helps injured people in Johnstone, Renfrewshire and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants in Renfrewshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from bike accidents to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, mean that making an injury claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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 gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

Johnstone personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can be a good place to start if you are contemplating which solicitor to select.

See Quittance reviews

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. 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.

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).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Will I need a local injury lawyer ?

The location of the law firm is not so critical as injury cases are typically managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should choose a law firm that has national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will need to attend a medical exam.

Further reading : Do you have a local medical centre?

What are the road accident statistics in Johnstone

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Johnstone are relatively commonplace with a total of 324 accidents (286 slight accidents, 33 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Renfrewshire council area. In 2014 the total had decreased to 317. Accidents in the Johnstone region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A737 and A761 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the B789 and A737 crossroads.

Quittance's group of skilled road traffic accident (RTA) injury lawyers have years of experience in obtaining maximum compensation for anyone who has been hurt in a car accident in Johnstone.

Work accident statistics in Johnstone

The most recent 2019

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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