A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Our national network of solicitors help clients throughout the UK keep more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Shetland Islands or anywhere else in the UK, we can handle your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, our expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

Can I claim?Check claim

Key criteria

Claims should, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

To win a personal injury case, it must be shown that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Beginning your claim sooner will enable evidence and witness statements to be gathered in support of your claim by your solicitor.

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Find out how much you can claim

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our online claim calculator gives you an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Shetland Islands

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in Shetland Islands are reasonably 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. In 2014 the total had decreased to 29.

Our panel of trained no win no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in fighting for maximum compensation for claimants hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Shetland Islands.

See: Road accident compensation claims

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Work accident claims in Shetland Islands

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from catering assistants to recruitment consultants, to seek financial compensation.

See: Accident at work compensation claim

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Slips and trips

HSE statistics emphasise the fact that slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most frequent cause of injury at work. They are frequently the initiators of accidents filed under a different category such as being hit by a reversing vehicle, being trapped by something collapsing or a fire related accident. Public place cases for injuries like bruised legs occurring on tripping on a street are also quite common with dislodged paving slab trips having occurred recently.

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help claimants with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from occupational asthma to Vibration White Finger.

See: Industrial disease compensation claims

Serious injury

The Courts understand that a serious injury can have a significant effect on an injured person. By limiting the financial pressure severe injury places on an injured claimant and their dependants, an injury claim allows people to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. Our panel of expert solicitor firms have for many years aided families impacted by severe accidents.

See: Serious injury compensation claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Shetland Islands

Clinical negligence is the term used when a patient is injured as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you only want a better understanding of events as opposed to financial compensation. You can write to Montfield, Burgh Road, Lerwick, Shetland, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Shetland.

See: Medical negligence compensation claim

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Shetland Islands 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 Shetland Islands and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet our team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Shetland Islands, from fast track claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their level of specialist experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor
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Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Shetland Islands?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping people in Shetland Islands, Shetland and across the country, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants across Shetland seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the office and whiplash.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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Can I get 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 you will never be out of pocket.

Guidance for injured people searching for a lawyer

Compensation for a claim for compensation can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be agreed. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a law firm near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

Look into Shetland Islands solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary significantly.

Researching online reviews can certainly be helpful when contemplating which lawyer to select.

Read more Personal injury solicitor reviews

The variation in the level of insurance premiums and success fees charged by lawyers working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is an important consideration for claimants.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by an injured person having been awarded ?84,653 for extensive fractures causing serious long term problems can range from ?50,792 to ?71,955.

Further reading Get a personal injury quote

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert