A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Our nationwide network of solicitors help Claimants throughout England and Wales to retain more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Newport on Tay or anywhere in the UK, our injury solicitors will assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 7, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Eligibility to claim

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is considered.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the Defendant
  • That duty was breached by the Defendant
  • The Defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

How much compensation could I get?

The compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator provides an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

Road traffic accident claims in Newport on Tay

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of certified injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in fighting for optimum damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Newport On Tay.

See: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Newport on Tay

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for Claimants, from construction workers to oceanographers, to secure financial compensation awards.

See: Accident at work claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury

We recognise the change an injury claim will make to people whose lives have been impacted by serious injury. Damages will lessen the impact of bills other financial issues and reduce the pressure on an injured Claimant and their family enabling them to focus on rehabilitation. Our network of specialist law firms have helped people claim compensation for a wide range of severe conditions and injuries. Injuries referred to as catastrophic or serious include major surgical negligence and lung cancer.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive statistics highlight the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work. Slips and trips are frequently forerunner to accidents classified under another heading like being hit by a falling object, being trapped by something collapsing or a quarry drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like broken wrists occurring on slippery pavements are also quite common with pavement trips having occurred on Main Rd and on Castle St.

Medical negligence in Newport On Tay

When a patient is injured due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you just want the hospital to explain what happened rather than starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife, to raise a complaint against NHS Fife.

See: Clinical negligence claim

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with securing compensation for industrial illnesses that include anything from noise induced hearing loss to asthma caused by enzymes.

See: Industrial disease claims

Newport on Tay No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Newport on Tay and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Newport on Tay, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their track record in winning claims and their level of specialist experience.

Meet the team - click here.

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 injury claims in Newport on Tay?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Newport on Tay, Fife and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Fife get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from scaffolding accidents to car passenger accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.

FAQs

Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Guidance for injured people seeking a personal injury solicitor

It can take many months for the majority of claims to reach a settlement. Injury claims where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take much longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on throughout your claim to provide both specialist legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

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 thumb injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?10,175 to ?13,530 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Does the location of the law firm matter?

You do not need to pick a solicitor near you.

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

Look into Newport On Tay personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by solicitors, as with any professional service, can differ considerably.

Reading reviews can be informative when weighing up which lawyer to go with.

See Reviews

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.

Read more
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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