A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors help clients throughout England and Wales retain more of their compensation with our fairer success fees.

No matter whether you live in Kirkwall or anywhere else in the UK, Quittance can are able to take on your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like hand-arm vibration syndrome are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

For most claims, there are three components to making a successful claim. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

The solicitor will explain how your injury claim will relate to the points.

Calculate your compensation

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our online calculator gives an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

Work accident claims in Kirkwall

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted Claimants, from forklift drivers to investment fund managers, to claim maximum compensation.

See: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Kirkwall

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of knowledgeable no win no fee injury solicitors have years of experience in fighting for maximum compensation for anyone who has sustained an injury in a road accident in Kirkwall.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Kirkwall are reasonably common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 30 accidents (24 slight accidents, 4 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Orkney Islands local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 29.

See: Road accident claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Safety statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most common accident in the workplace in 2015. They are sometimes the forerunner to accidents recorded in another category, such as being hit by an object falling from a machine or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries such as broken ankles occurring on pavement ice are also quite prevalent with street trips having happened on Junction Road.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that include anything from industrial deafness to cancer caused by diesel exhaust fumes.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Medical negligence in Kirkwall

When a person is injured or becomes ill due to the carelessness of a registrar, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You could make a formal complaint if you just want answers instead of financial damages. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Orkney, for example, you can write to Garden House, New Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Serious injury experts acting in Kirkwall

The impact of a serious injury will be acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when they are working out compensation. By relieving the financial stress catastrophic and serious injury puts on a Claimant and their family, an injury claim helps Claimants to prioritise recovery.

Our network of expert solicitors for many years have aided people affected by major accidents.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Kirkwall No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Kirkwall and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Kirkwall, from fast track whiplash cases to life-changing injury. Chosen on the basis of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

What experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Kirkwall?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of SRA regulated solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Kirkwall, Orkney and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of claimants across Orkney get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including part-time worker injuries and bike accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Picking the best lawyer for you

Compensation for a claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be agreed. The SRA regulate legal advice given by solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Your lawyer should be someone you can rely on throughout the claims process to provide legal guidance and practical advice.

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

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

Comparing Kirkwall personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach taken by individual firms.

The difference in the level of success fees between solicitors is important for Claimants.

For instance the amount of compensation retained by a successful Claimant who was awarded ?4,367 for a severe thumb dislocation can range from ?2,620 to ?3,712.

See How much compensation can you claim?

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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