Greenock Personal Injury Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims
By Mary Hightown. Last Updated 4th October 2022. In this guide we look at how to make a personal injury claim if you have been injured in an accident in the Greenock or Inverclyde areas. We look at the different circumstances in which accident happen, the ways in which people are hurt, and how they can claim compensation for said injuries.
If you are looking for Greenock personal injury solicitors, we can help. Whilst are main office is not based in Greenock, our nationally active team can still assist you in making a successful compensation claim.
How our team can help you to claim compensation
From making sure that you have a legitimate claim, to helping secure the evidence necessary to support your case, and organising an independent medical assessment of your injuries, our expert team will be there every step of the way. We will start by discussing what happened to you in detail before moving on finding out about any medical, police, or accident reports you already have. We will then advise you on the best course of action to take, and start to estimate how much you could be owed in compensation.
Eligibility criteria to make a personal injury claim
If you have been harmed due to an accident which you were not responsible for, our team of solicitors could help you to claim compensation. There are, however, some eligibility criteria which claimants need to meet.
- Either the accident in question must have happened in the last three years, or you have only become aware of the injury (or its connection to the accident) in the last three years.
- You must be able to show that another party was the cause (wholly or in part) of your accident, and that this party owed you a duty of care. You could be owed a duty of care by a doctor or another driver on the road.
- You then need to show that this duty of care has been breached. This could be by not providing the right medical care.
- Finally, you need to show that this breach was the cause of the harm you suffered.
When you first talk to a solicitor, they will review these criteria with you.
Advice on how to find the right solicitor or lawyer for your case
Making a personal injury claim can take from just a few months for simpler cases to a few years in very complex ones. During this time you will work with your solicitor. You will need to trust their advice and the legal guidance they provide. You may also need to provide them with medical reports or financial impact statements. As such, you need to have a strong level of trust in them, and their team. When we consider that all injuries have attached upper and lower levels of compensation, you solicitor can play a crucial role in getting you the best possible outcome. Below are some tips on how to find the best compensation lawyer for your needs.
Looking into reviews of personal injury solicitors
The level of service and the way in which legal services are provided by solicitors in Inverclyde, or national services which serve the area can considerably differ. A good and potentially impartial way to differentiate between different solicitors is by reading reviews written by people they have helped.
Greenock Solicitors – Do you need to with local solicitors in Greenock?
If you’re eligible to claim, you may feel that you have to use Greenock solicitors because of the location of your accident. However, it may not be beneficial to restrict yourself to solicitors in Greenock or to choose solicitors solely based on their location. It makes sense to choose a solicitor based on their experience, as their experience will be more beneficial to you. We recommend you choose solicitors who:
- Have experience with your type of claim
- Are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
- Offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis
Our solicitors at Legal Expert have years of experience in all types of claims. Our advisors are able to give legal advice during our free initial consultation.
Common forms of personal injury claim we handle in Scotland
At Legal Expert we have a wide range of experience in handling a very diverse range of personal injury claims. We recognise that people can be harmed in many different types of accident, resulting in a range of injuries. No matter what injury your personal injury case involves, if we can show that someone else was responsible for it, and that you are eligible for compensation we can help. Below are just some of the most common reasons why people choose to work with our no win no fee lawyers.
Claims for instances of illness caused by industrial diseases
According to statistics from the HSE, as many as two million people across the UK are affected to some degree by a workplace or industrial illness. It is also estimated that each year as many as 13,000 people die due to conditions contracted in the workplace, such as lung diseases, or the exposure to harmful substances. At the same time, many people who have a pre-existing condition can find that the condition is made much worse due to action or inaction on the part of an employer. Our team of personal injury lawyers can assist people with illnesses as diverse as emphysema and mesothelioma. Contact us today about finding the best way to make this type of claim.
Claims for instances of medical negligence and malpractice
Medical negligence and clinical negligence are interchangeable terms. They are used to describe a situation where a doctor, nurse, dentist, or other medical practitioner has caused a patient to suffer harm as a result of the way care was (or was not) provided. If you have been harmed as a result of clinical negligence, Legal Expert could help you to claim compensation. In the wider area we could help you to make a claim against the Inverclyde Royal Hospital, The BMI Ross Hospital, or any other NHS or private practice in this area.
Find out how to make a claim against a GP or GP surgery with a no win no fee lawyer in this guide.
Claims for workplace accidents in Greenock and Inverclyde
Across the country, data from the Health and Safety executive shows that over 609,000 workers were injured during the course of their employment in the year 2016/ 2017. These were broken down as follows:
- Slips and trips, or falls accounted for 29%
- Manual handling injuries accounted for 22%
- Vehicles and machinery caused around 10%
- Falling from any height accounted for 7%
You will be eligible to bring a personal injury case for an accident or injury at work if the injury took place whilst you were working, or at your place of work. To make a personal injury claim you will also need to show that someone else caused the accident and was liable for your injuries. You also need to show that your claim fits in the statutory time period. This is (in most instances) three years from the accident or the discovery of the injury sustained.
Claims for instances of fall or trip injuries
One of the most common forms of personal injury cases which our team sees are those for injuries sustained by slipping or falling over. They are one of the most prevalent ways in which people are hurt whilst going about their work, or in their day-to-day lives. They are often related to or caused by other types of accident, such as being hit by something falling from a height. Out in public spaces, people might fall over due to a pavement not being kept in good repair, potholes on the road, or uneven flooring in a shop. Some of the most common injuries from falling over are sprains, strains, or fractures to the wrist. This is because we naturally reach out to brace ourselves when falling over.
Find out why we are the best personal injury lawyers for slips and falls in this guide.
Claims for instances of severe and serious injuries
Catastrophic and severe injuries can have a devastating effect. They do not just affect the person injured, but also those around them. Whilst there is not a specific definition of what a ‘serious injury’ is from a legal standpoint, the courts do very often recognise the lift altering impact which the most serious forms of injury can have. When you bring a claim, the court will not use a standard definition of what this could be. Settlements will however be based upon the overall impact which this has had on you.
To learn more about making a serious personal injury claim, please read out dedicated guide.
Road traffic accident claims in Inverclyde and Greenock
Road traffic accidents do happen on a reasonably frequent basis in the Greenock area. Official statistics for the town show that in 2013 there were a total of 150 road traffic accidents in the local area. This rose in 2014 to a total of 186. This followed a trend across the country where there were more accidents, but fewer serious casualties. Local accident hotspots include the junction of the A8 and B788, as well as the junction of the M8 and B789.
Find out more about making a road traffic accident claim with a personal injury solicitor in this guide.
Reported road accident casualties in Inverclyde
In the table below we have included statistics for the number of people who have been injured or even killed in road traffic accidents in the wider Inverclyde area. Following a nationwide trend, the number of people sustaining this level of injury has fallen over slightly between 2015 and 2018.
Please note. This table does not include all casualties in the area as it does not include lesser forms of accident or injury. It also does not record all accidents on the road in the area.
You can find further information on road traffic accident data for the Inverclyde at Travel Independent.
Lawyers For Greenock – How Much Could I Receive In Compensation?
If you can successfully claim after being injured in an accident in Greenock, solicitors will take two types of damages into account:
- General damages: Refers to the pain and suffering caused by your injuries, as well as a reduced quality of life. This includes both physical harm and mental health Diagnosis from a medical professional could prove the extent of your injuries – something lawyers for Greenock accidents could help you with.
- Special damages: Relates to the financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries. For example, you may need to take time off work to recover from your personal injury but suffer a loss of income as a result. It’s important to keep hold of evidence such as payslips to prove this type of special damage.
To give you an idea of what you might receive in terms of general damages for accidents in Greenock, lawyers may use medical evidence compared with guidelines from the Judicial College. The 16th edition of the document, published in April 2022, contains compensation amounts for physical and psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
|Kidney (a)||Both kidneys could be lost due to extreme damage.||£169,400 to £210,400|
|Chest Injuries (a)||Your lung may need to be totally removed.||£100,670 to £150,110|
|Severe Arm Injuries||A significant brachial plexus injury is likely.||£96,160 to £130,930
|Very Severe Foot Injuries||Mobility will be grossly restricted.||£83,960 to £109,650|
|Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||You may be unable to work or function to the same level as before your injury.||£59,860 to £100,670|
|Very Severe Ankle Injuries||Deformity may occur due to soft-tissue damage.||£50,060 to £69,700|
|Serious Hand Injuries||Capacity in your hand is reduced to around 50%.||£29,000 to £61,910|
|Severe Toe Injuries||Permanent pain or discomfort may occur.||£13,740 to £21,070|
|Moderate or Minor Injuries to the Elbow||No permanent damage caused nor impaired function.||Up to £12,590|
|Damage to Hair (a)||Hair loss will be extensive and regrowth is slow.||£7,340 to £11,020|
Please remember the figures above are to be used as guidelines only. The actual settlement you do receive could also include any special damages. If you would like a more accurate estimation of your claim, our panel of specialist solicitors may use their experience to help you.
How to make a claim with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor
Our No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors could help you to get the compensation you are owed, without you having to spend a penny to start the process. We offer many of those we work with conditional fee agreements. This is the technical term for this type of claim. Under such an agreement, you are guaranteed not to have anything to pay until you have your settlement. It is likely that we can offer you this type of service. The benefits of No Win No Fee claims are;
- Claimants don’t have to take any financial risks in making a claim.
- Claimants will not have to pay anything till they are awarded compensation.
- There are no success fees due if you don’t win your claim
Is our service really No Win No Fee?
The quickest answer is yes. In most cases we are able to offer our clients a fully No Win No Fee service, meaning that you will not need to make any payments until you are awarded a compensation settlement.
Does this affect how much compensation your settlement will include? In the UK, there are limits as to how much a personal injury solicitor is able to charge claimants. At the time of writing, these fees are set as a percentage of the total value of the claim and may not exceed 25% of the settlement, however it may be less than this.
Whilst this might sound a lot, it does not mean that you will lose that percentage of your award. In 2013 an uplift was provided to compensation settlements, raising the value of the compensation paid out by 10%. This increase was designed to provide an offset to the fees paid. Making a claim with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor is still a great way to access legal services without having to pay any upfront fees.
How do I make a successful personal injury claim?
At Legal Expert our team work across the country, seven days a week helping people to make personal injury claims. We have medical experts across the country who can help assess the extent of your injuries and solicitors experienced in a range of claims types and injury circumstances.
No matter whether you are ready to begin your claim, or if you need a little more information before making your choice, we are at the end of the phone. Making a successful personal injury claim can rest of having the right legal team behind you, giving you the right advice. With our years of experience, we think that team is Legal Expert.
Begin your no win, no fee claim today
We hope that in this guide we have shown that you do not need to use Greenock personal injury solicitors if you have been harmed in an accident which was not your fault in this area. If after reading our guide you believe you are eligible to make such a claim, you can contact us today to do so. There are several ways you can get in touch. You can call us and discuss your claim directly between 9am and 9pm, or send us the details of your accident and request a call back at a time convenient to you.
Useful resources and contacts in Inverclyde
Greenock is the administrative centre of the Inverclyde area, with central facilities for this area, such as police stations, Sheriffs Courts, and the Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Below we have included details of where you can find these, and how to get in touch with such services. We have also included some of our relevant guides.
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Greenock Police Station
160 Rue End Street
Tel: 01786 289070
Greenock Sheriff Court
Sheriff Court House,
1 Nelson Street,
Tel: 01475 787073
Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Tel: 01475 633777
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