Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, we can help.

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

Every year, we help injured people in South Ayrshire, Ayrshire and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

You should be able to make a compensation claim if you were injured or made ill.

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, various other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury, whether there is an untraceable defendant or whether liability can be proved.

A brief phone call will let you know whether you can claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Instant Claim Checker.

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

Calculate my 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 South Ayrshire

If you've been injured in a road traffic accident in South Ayrshire, or anywhere else in the UK, we understand the pain and suffering you may be going through. If your injuries were caused by another driver, cyclist, pedestrian or any other road user, you may be entitled to claim no win, no fee compensation.

Whether you have been involved in a hit-and-run, or have been hurt in a crash at a junction, our team are here. Our guide explains how to claim road accident compensation.

Read more:

Claim road accident compensation

Work accident claims in South Ayrshire

If you have sustained an injury because of your employer's actions, you may be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whether you were injured while working as a nurse or a plumber, our work injury claim guide shows you how to make a successful compensation claim.

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Work accident compensation claims

Clinical negligence claims 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. We can help you make a claim against any of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering South Ayrshire, including NHS Ayrshire & Arran (Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, Ayshire).

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

Occupiers liability injury claims in South Ayrshire

An individual or company that owns or occupies a property has a legal duty of care to the people who visit it.

Whether your accident happened in a nightclub or on council-maintained land, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident in public, we can help.

Read more:

Public place accident claims

Serious injury 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

South Ayrshire No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

South Ayrshire injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in South Ayrshire, Ayrshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal 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.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 you will have nothing to pay.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in South Ayrshire and cross the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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FAQs

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.

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

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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.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor