A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Our nationwide panel of solicitors help personal injury claimants throughout the UK to retain more compensation.

No matter whether you live in Portree or anywhere in the country, Quittance can will assist with your claim and we will set up a medical at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims should usually be made within 3 years of the injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be proven that:

  • 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

Beginning your claim sooner should allow the solicitor to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

Calculate my compensation

The compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Portree

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Portree are relatively common with statistics showing 20 fatal accidents, 73 serious accidents and 523 slight accidents in 2013 in Highland (Total events were 616 local authority. By 2014 the total had decreased to 580.

Quittance's network of specialist legal advisors have vast experience in obtaining the best compensation for people who have been injured in a road accident in Portree.

For more information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Portree

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people hurt in an accident, from electricians to patent attorneys, to claim injury compensation.

For more information: Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Clinical negligence in Portree

When a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a registrar, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want the hospital to explain what happened rather than injury compensation. For example, you can write to NHS Highland, PO Box 5713, Inverness, the Highlands, to raise a complaint against NHS Highland.

For more information: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from radiation exposure to pesticide poisoning.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Portree serious injury claims

We understand the difference an injury claim makes to severely injured claimants. By limiting the pressure a serious injury puts on an injured person, a claim enables them to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation.

Our network of specialist solicitors correspond with medical experts and insurers ensuring families impacted by serious accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries and illnesses held by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include spinal cord damage, asbestosis and amputation.

For more information: Serious injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Officially recorded figures stress the fact that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent accident at work. They are quite often the cause of injuries filed under a different category e.g. being hit by tools in use or an asphyxiation accident. Public place cases for injuries like bruised legs suffered on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with slips having happened on Wentworth Street.

Portree No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Portree and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Portree and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of injury claims in Portree?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Portree, the Highlands and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people across the Highlands get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including whiplash and building site accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.


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. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Locating the best solicitor

It can take many months for most claims to be settled. Cases where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take years in some circumstances. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you can rely on throughout your claim to provide both expert legal guidance and practical advice.

Are Portree claimants restricted to only local law firms?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Comparing Portree personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

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. Find out more here.

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 mild tinnitus with some hearing loss, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?10,175 to ?12,100 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

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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