Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

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Every year, we help injured claimants in Smithton, Highland and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Do I have a claim?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you were injured or made ill:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In reality, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the type of illness or injury, how close to the claim limitation date you are or whether your chosen solicitor believes your claim has a prospect of success.

A short phone call will tell you whether you have a valid compensation claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker:

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in Smithton

If you were hurt in an accident on Smithton's roads due to another driver's behaviour, you may be able to claim compensation.

Whether you sustained an injury in a cycling accident, or have been hurt in a car accident on Smithton's roads, our expert team can help. This road accident compensation guide sets out what you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Smithton

If you were injured at work and someone else was to blame, you should be able to claim compensation.

Whether you a site foreman hurt on site or an estate agent injured on a property viewing, our guide to work accident claims explains your rights and to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Medical negligence

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.

Read more: Medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

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

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

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.

Read more: Serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Smithton No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Smithton injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Smithton, Highland and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Can Quittance help me?

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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FAQs

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.

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.

Read more at Get a personal injury quote

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Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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