A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

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

If you are based in Lerwick or anywhere else in the UK, Quittance can take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and another party was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Can I claim?Check claim

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims must be made within three years in most cases.

People with certain illnesses or conditions like hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in these situations.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

A short, no-obligation phone call with an Lerwick injury lawyer can provide answers to your questions and useful guidance.

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How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our online compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Work accident claims in Lerwick

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from kitchen workers to legal executives, to claim compensation.

See: Work injury compensation claims

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Road traffic accident claims in Lerwick

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of best of breed no win, no fee personal injury solicitors are experienced in achieving the highest compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Lerwick.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Lerwick are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 47 accidents (42 slight accidents, 4 serious accidents and 1 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Shetland Islands local authority area. By 2014 accidents decreased to 29.

See: Road accident claims

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Other claims

Medical negligence in Lerwick

Medical negligence describes when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other medical professional. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you just want a better understanding of events as opposed to financial compensation. To raise a complaint against NHS Shetland, for example, you can contact Montfield, Burgh Road, Lerwick, Shetland.

See: Medical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help with getting compensation for industrial illnesses that range from asbestos related illness to chromium related illnesses.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Safety figures reveal that slips and trips are the most prevalent accident in the workplace. These types of accident are often forerunner to injuries filed under a different category like being struck by moving machinery, a fall from a height or a lake drowning accident. Public place claims for injuries such as pulled muscles sustained on poorly maintained paths are also common with trips having happened on Commercial Street and in Toll Clock Shopping Centre.

Lerwick experts for serious injury compensation claims

Quittance's team understand the critical difference a compensation claim will make to the lives of people affected by major injury. Compensation will ease the financial load on an injured claimant so they can focus on rehabilitation.

Our panel of solicitors have helped families recover damages for a range of chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries and medical conditions categorised as serious range from birth negligence to chronic pain.

See: Serious injury compensation

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Lerwick 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 Lerwick and across the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Lerwick, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Chosen for their track record in winning claims, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Meet more of the Quittance team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor
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How much experience do your solicitors have of claims in Lerwick?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Lerwick, Shetland and across the country, obtain compensation.

In 2017, we have helped 100's of claimants throughout Shetland get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including scaffolding accidents and car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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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. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Locating the best injury lawyer

Finding the most appropriate lawyer to represent you is the most important step towards securing the best compensation award for your accident.

How can you make certain you choose the ideal law firm for your case?

Will you need to select a local injury lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is not so critical as cases are normally run by phone, post and email.

You will need to choose a firm with national medical centres as you will have to attend a medical exam.

More details - Do I have to attend a medical?

Look into Lerwick personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by solicitors, as with any service, can vary enormously.

Reviews can certainly be a good place to start if you are contemplating which solicitor to choose.

Read more : Quittance reviews

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 hand injuries could vary between ?23,430 and ?50,050 (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?".

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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