A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's national network of lawyers help clients across the UK keep more compensation with our fairer success fees.

No matter whether you are based in Smithton or anywhere else in England or Wales, we can assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims should be made within 3 years of the injury in most cases.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is considered.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate 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.

Beginning your claim sooner will enable supporting witness statements to be collected by the lawyer.

Compensation Calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of factors. Our online injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Smithton

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of professional road traffic accident personal injury solicitors have decades of experience in getting maximum damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle crash in Smithton.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Smithton are common. Government statistics reveal 20 fatal accidents, 73 serious accidents and 523 slight accidents in 2013 in Highland (Total events were 616 council area. In 2014 the total had decreased to 580.

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Work accident claims in Smithton

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from electricians to sports therapists, to claim injury compensation.

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Other claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Smithton

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor or other medical professional. If you have been injured by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong rather than claiming compensation. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Highland, you can write to NHS Highland, PO Box 5713, Inverness, the Highlands.

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Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial injuries that include anything from workplace cancer to pneumoconiosis.

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Serious injury lawyers in Smithton

Quittance understand the vital difference a successful claim can make to the lives of people affected by catastrophic and serious injury. By relieving the stress serious injury imposes on an injured claimant and their family, compensation allows individuals to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of expert lawyers communicate with Courts, insurers and medical practitioners to make sure claimants impacted by major accidents receive the support they need.

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Slips and trips

Recorded data underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace in 2014/15. They are quite often lead to accidents attributed to other reasons such as being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an asphyxiation accident. Public liability litigation for injuries like facial scarring suffered on pavement cracks are also quite common with pavement trips having happened on Keppoch Rd.

Smithton 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 Smithton and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's national network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Smithton and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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

How much experience do you have of injury claims in Smithton?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Smithton, the Highlands and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we have helped hundreds of claimants in the Highlands seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including scaffolding accidents and accidents on public transport.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.


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 takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your illness or injury

It can take many months for most claims to reach a settlement. Cases involving serious injury or disputed liability can take years in some circumstances. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your experience of making a claim, choosing a lawyer to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

Will I need to instruct a local Smithton injury lawyer ?

The location of a solicitors office is less relevant as injury cases are normally handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should go with a company with medical facilities near Smithton as you will usually have to go to a medical exam.

More details - Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

Read Smithton solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can differ.

Online reviews can certainly be a good place to start if you are considering which solicitor to go with.

See Personal injury solicitors reviews

The contrast in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums charged by law firms working on No Win No Fee agreements is an important consideration for claimants.

For instance the amount of compensation retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of ?55,228 for severe complex regional pain syndrome could conceivably vary from ?33,137 to ?46,943.

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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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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