Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

How we can help you

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

Do I have a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or whether there was a criminal incident.

We can confirm your eligibility to claim over the phone. Speak to an expert now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim 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

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 Macduff

You should be able to make a claim for compensation if you have been injured on Macduff's roads because of the carelessness of another road user.

Whether you sustained an injury as a pedestrian, or were a passenger in a car accident on Macduff's roads, this guide to road accident compensation claims sets out everything you need to know about the claims process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Macduff

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any other losses or expenses.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp employed via an agency, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Public place accidents

Officially reported statistics expose the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work as a whole. Slips, trips and falls are typically the cause of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes like being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like broken wrists experienced on potholes are also common with recent trips having happened on High St and on Castle Street.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a person sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want a formal account of what went wrong as opposed to claiming compensation. For example, you can contact Summerfield House, 2 Eday Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, to make a complaint against NHS Grampian.

See: Clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The lasting impact serious injury has is acknowledged by the Courts when they are working out injury compensation. Damages should ease the financial load and reduce the pressure on a claimant and their family so they can prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of expert solicitors communicate with the legal system, insurance providers and medical practitioners to make sure claimants impacted by serious accidents receive the support they need.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Macduff 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, Macduff 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 Macduff, Aberdeenshire 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

We can help

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

Have the solicitors won many injury claims in Macduff?

Quittance is a national network of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in Macduff, Aberdeenshire and across the country, get compensation.

Last year, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants in Aberdeenshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to industrial disease.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

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.

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

You do not need to select a lawyer near you.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network 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.

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.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For serious hand injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from £23,430 to £50,050 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

What should be considered when checking reviews for solicitors in Macduff?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from formal and traditional to sympathetic. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

What are the road accident statistics in Macduff

Our group of specialist legal advisors have a wealth of experience in achieving optimum settlements for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Macduff.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Macduff are relatively common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 23 fatal accidents, 174 serious accidents and 422 slight accidents in 2013 in Aberdeenshire (Total events were 619 council area. In 2014 accidents decreased to 570.

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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