A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Our nationwide network of lawyers help clients throughout England and Wales keep more of their personal injury settlement.

No matter whether you are based in Westhill or anywhere in the UK, our experienced solicitors are able to manage your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

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

In most cases, making a successful claim has three key elements. It needs to be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

Starting your claim as soon as possible should allow your solicitor to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

What is my claim worth?

The amount of compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Westhill

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from forklift drivers to travel agents, to claim work accident compensation.

Find out more: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Westhill

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Westhill are reasonably common with a total of 619 accidents (422 slight accidents, 174 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Aberdeenshire local authority area. In 2014 accidents decreased to 570. Accidents in the Westhill region in 2013 included crashes on the A944 and B9119 roundabout and on the B9119 and B979 roundabout.

Quittance's panel of certified no win, no fee litigators are experienced in obtaining the best settlements for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Westhill.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Other claims we handle

Slip and trip accidents

Reported figures emphasise the fact that slips and trips are, by some degree, the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace. These types of accident are frequently forerunner to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery, a fall from a height or a river drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries such as sprained arms sustained on potholes are also quite prevalent with pavement crack trips having occurred in the local area.

Serious injury

Quittance's team understand the critical difference an injury claim can make to seriously injured claimants. A claim will lessen the financial burden and reduce the pressure on an injured claimant and their dependants enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation. Our network of expert solicitors for many years have aided people impacted by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries which are considered to be serious and catastrophic include head injuries, hydrocarbon poisoning and serious pharmaceutical error.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from dermatitis claims to solvent exposure.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Westhill

When a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are only looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of a compensation award, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, to make a complaint against NHS Grampian, you can contact Summerfield House, 2 Eday Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Westhill No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Westhill and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Westhill and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their specialist knowledge and their track record in winning claims.

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

How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of claims in Westhill?

We are a UK-wide network of award winning solicitors that helps claimants in Westhill, Aberdeenshire and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Aberdeenshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including building site accidents and motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

What issues to consider when finding the best personal injury lawyer

Compensation for a claim for compensation can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be paid. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your lawyer should be someone you are able to trust throughout the claims process to offer expert legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Comparing injury solicitors in Westhill - online reviews

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

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 severe complex regional pain syndrome, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?42,460 to ?67,925 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider 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.

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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