A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Our national panel of lawyers help claimants throughout the UK to keep more of their personal injury settlement with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Macduff or anywhere in the country, our lawyers can help with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims should, in most cases, be made within a three-year window.

In order to win a Macduff personal injury case, your solicitor must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Your solicitor can take you through each of these key points and will look at how they apply in your case.

How much compensation can I claim?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online calculator gives an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Macduff

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

See: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Macduff

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from members of the air force to materials specialists, to get the compensation they deserve.

See: Work accident claim

Other claims we handle

Macduff serious injury compensation claims

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

Slip and trip injuries

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.

Medical and clinical negligence in Macduff

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

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that range from industrial deafness to asthma caused by laboratory animals.

See: Industrial disease claims

Macduff 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 Macduff and throughout the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Macduff, from less severe claims to catastrophic injury. Our lawyers are chosen for their specialist expertise and their track record in winning claims.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

Have Quittance 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.

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.

What to think about when locating the right lawyer

Usually a compensation claim can take months to agree a settlement and in the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your solicitor should be someone you can rely on throughout the claims process to give expert legal guidance and practical advice.

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.

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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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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