A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Quittance's national panel of solicitors help claimants across the country to keep more personal injury compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in South Ayrshire or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced solicitors can take on your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims should usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

People with certain illnesses or conditions such as industrial deafness are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what is important in such circumstances.

To win a South Ayrshire personal injury case, your solicitor must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

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

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is based on the 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?

Work accident claims in South Ayrshire

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from electricians to social workers, to seek financial compensation.

Further information: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in South Ayrshire

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of knowledgeable personal injury solicitors have years of experience in obtaining maximum settlements for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in South Ayrshire.

Accidents involving vehicles in South Ayrshire are not uncommon with statistics showing a total of 244 accidents (218 slight accidents, 22 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in South Ayrshire local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 245.

Further information: Road accident compensation

Other types of claim

Medical negligence in South Ayrshire

Medical negligence is the term for when a person is injured due to the lack of care of a doctor or other medical professional. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of a compensation award. For example, to raise a complaint against NHS Ayrshire & Arran, you can contact Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, Ayshire.

Further information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

South Ayrshire serious injury compensation claims

Courts recognise that a serious injury can have a major impact on an injured person and their family. Quittance's panel of lawyers fight for the maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions, which includes claiming for the cost of ongoing treatment and care. Quittance's network of solicitor firms communicate with insurance companies, medical experts and Courts to make sure families impacted by serious accidents get legal and medical support. Injuries which are held by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic range from mesothelioma to birth negligence.

Further information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

Reported statistics underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work. Slips and trips are frequently related to injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by a runaway vehicle or a fire related accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as sprained wrists occurring on potholes are also quite common with street trips having happened in the area.

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that include anything from asbestos related disease to pesticide poisoning.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

South Ayrshire 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 South Ayrshire and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

See: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in South Ayrshire, from fast track cases to serious road injury claims. Selected because of their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What is Quittance's track record of claims in South Ayrshire?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that assists claimants in South Ayrshire, Ayrshire and across the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants across Ayrshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from factory accidents to bike accidents.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team, mean that making an injury 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 means you will never be out of pocket.

How to choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your illness or injury

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be agreed. The SRA regulates all solicitors, but the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is an important first step.

Are South Ayrshire claimants restricted to only local personal injury solicitors?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a personal injury solicitor near you.

In most cases, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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 chest injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?10,175 to ?14,520 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

South Ayrshire solicitor reviews

Levels of service provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary significantly.

Online reviews can be informative if you are mulling over which lawyer to work with.

Read more Personal injury solicitors 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.

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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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