Inverness Personal Injury Solicitors No Win No Fee Claims Guide
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 1st October 2021. Welcome to our Inverness personal injury solicitors guide. Inverness is a beautiful place to live and work. The surrounding beauty and rich history make it a popular spot with visitors and tourists alike. Even among such beauty, it is still possible for accidents to happen to lead to injury.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation. And for that, you need a specialist personal injury solicitor, that we can help you find on 0800 073 8804, or you can find out how to find the right one you in our comprehensive guide.
Could I Make A Compensation Claim?
Legislation governing compensation claims for personal injuries has long been part of our laws. Some cases can be relatively straightforward, whilst other claims that a personal injury solicitor will handle can be quite complex.
Personal injury claims must meet several criteria for them to be in with a high chance of success;
- Time – there is a three-year deadline within which time a claim for personal injury must be made. The time limit starts from when the incident occurred or, for some cases, when the victim becomes aware of the injury or illness. Experienced Inverness personal injury solicitors will more than likely favour a personal injury claim that is started as soon as possible.
- Owed a duty of care – as we go about our daily lives, we expect that the bus we travel on is safe and roadworthy, or that our employer will provide a safe work environment or that the pavement we use has little or no defects. In effect, we are all owed a duty of care by different groups as we go about our daily business, including employers, bus companies and so on.
- A breach in the duty care – if it can be found that someone did owe you a duty of care and breached this by negligence, resulting in injury, you could claim compensation. The same is true in the case of industrial diseases or medical negligence cases.
Every claim for personal injury compensation is different. The situation that contributed to your ill-health or injury needs to be taken into account. How you were injured and the effect this has had on you, physically and emotionally, are also considered when deciding any compensation settlement.
No one takes the step of making a personal injury claim lightly, and that’s why you need clear information about what your next steps should be. In the meantime, this table provides some examples of what you may receive in compensation for particular injuries.
|Brain injury||Very severe||£282,010 to £403,990||The award bracket is given as an estimate for victims who have suffered severe brain damage and are unresponsive. In what is referred to as a vegetable state.|
|Brain injury||Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||Losing feelings in limbs, mental disability, and or change in impersonality.|
|Brain injury||Less severe||£15,320 to £43,060||Head injuries that have not caused significant brain damage but still there maybe lasting effects.|
|Eye Injury||Total blindness||In the region of £268,720||Total blindness|
|Eye Injury||Loss of sight in one eye||£49,270 to £54,830||This amount of compensation is awarded with loss of sight in a single eye or very restricted vision in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£3,950 to £8,730||Problems with vision, pain in the eye or temporary vision loss in an eye.|
|Arm Injury||Loss of both arms||£240,790 to £300,000||Amputation of both full arms will receive the maximum award here. This compensation range also covers the amputation of one arm, or whether the amputation is to be the full or part of the arm. The restrictions this will have in the future are also taken into consideration.|
|Arm Injury||Permanent and substantial disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||If there is major restriction and disability in one or both arms and causes great pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less severe||£19,200 to £39,170||This amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/or disability on the arms but will recover.|
|Leg Injury||Loss of both legs||£240,790 to £282,010||Amputation of both or one leg will warrant this amount of compensation to be awarded. It will also be taken in to consideration if the leg is amputated above or below the knee.|
|Leg Injury||Less serious||Up to £27,760||Fracture, brake or soft tissue damage to the leg that has affected the muscle causing great pain and discomfort.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||Up to £148,330||Neck injuries can be very severe causing problems with movement in different areas of the body. An injury to the neck can cause pain in this area for a lengthy time.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate||Up to £38,490||Fractures to the neck, painful when moving, stiffness inability to use full movement of the neck will warrant this type of compensation.|
|Neck Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||These amounts of compensation are roughly the brackets for whiplash depending on how long it lasts, how painful it is and the long term prognosis.|
|Hand Injury||Loss of both hands||£140,660 to £201,490||This amount of compensation will cover, both hands or one hand amputation or if the hand becomes completely useless.|
|Hand Injury||Serious||£29,000 to £61,910||Likely to have seen a reduction in capacity by 50 per cent. Several fingers may have been amputated and re-joined, leaving a clawed or unsightly hand.|
|Elbow Injury||Severely disabling||£39,170 to £54,830||Complete restriction in movement of the elbow that has resulted in a disability or that has required surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or minor||Up to £12,590||Restriction in the movement of the arm due to injury of the elbow.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe||£47,620 to £59,860||No wrist function at all.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£38,780 to £69,730||Severe back injuries to the upper or lower part of the back, maybe causing paralysis or any issues relating to the organs within the lower part of the body.|
|Back Injury||Minor||Up to £12,510||Soft tissue, slipped disc, muscle pain would gain this amount of compensation.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£12,510 to £27,760||This amount of compensation may cover ligament or soft tissue to the back, constant pain and /or discomfort.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Severe||£59,860 to £100,670||Debilitating symptoms, impacting work life, social life, and relationships with family and friends. Prognosis for recovery is likely to be poor, with symptoms having some permanency.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Less severe||£3,950 to £8,180||Minor symptoms that resolve in full within a short space of time.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Very severe||£29,780 to £97,330||Scarring and facial disfigurement could warrant this amount of compensation. The severity will determine how much.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less severe||£17,960 to £48,420||These
compensation estimates cover brakes and fractures to the facial area such as the nose.
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less significant||£3,950 to £13,740||Compensation amounts for scarring. Please note women tend to receive larger payouts for scarring than men.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£26,190 to £43,460||Disability due to injury to the knee, severe damage to muscle, soft tissue and also muscle wastage.
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £26,190||Injury to the knee that is painful but will recover within time so the knee has a full normal working function.|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||Restriction in movement, limb numbness or paralysis due to injury in the shoulder and neck.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Tissue damage to neck that may last for quite a while which restricts movement in the arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||Soft tissue damage that will recover within the year or just over, that causes moderate pain.|
How Do I Find The Best Personal Injury Lawyer For My Claim in Scotland?
It is important to understand the need to find the right personal injury solicitors for you and your case, but the right one might not even be located in Scotland. Compensation claims can be;
- Complex – some claims are straightforward, whereas others are highly complex and specialised. A personal injury lawyer covering Scotland who has experience working with personal injury claims such as yours is essential to get the right advice and support.
- Time-consuming – it can take several months for a compensation claim to be resolved. For serious injuries and more complex cases, it can take years. You want to be confident that the Scottish injury lawyers or those covering Scotland you have chosen stay with you every step of the way, no matter how long it takes.
You will also want to be confident that the No Win No Fee agreement you have with your personal injury solicitors for Inverness is what you think it is and that in the event you don’t win your case, you are not left with a hugely inflated legal bill.
It is always advised to check how a solicitor charges for their time and how much. If your case is complex and estimated to last a long time, you may want to choose a solicitor who will be open and transparent regarding their fees and the level of charges accrued so far.
It is tempting to choose a personal injury solicitor by location, but looking further afield may be more advantageous. In other words, find the lawyer who has the expertise and the best match for your case.
Reviews Of Solicitors Helping Claimants In Inverness
When looking for a service or product, many of us will look at reviews online or ask friends and family for recommendations. In the main, this is a great place to start, but you need more information, and you need to have a fuller understanding of how a personal injury solicitor will handle your case.
When you phone a solicitor to speak with them directly, there are many questions you will want answers to. One question would concern their no win, no fee arrangements, something that we know can vary from one solicitor to another.
Does It Matter If I Don’t Use A Local Solicitor?
In effect, you want an expert solicitor who has the experience and know-how to win your personal injury compensation claim successfully. Still, you don’t have to use a personal injury solicitor from your area. You can use one that works anywhere in the country. At the same time, it makes sense that if you live or work in Inverness, or your accident was here, that you use a solicitor from the city. However, it’s more important to find Inverness personal injury solicitors that have the expertise to deal with your case, and that may mean looking elsewhere.
We make sure that every case happens that the medical assessment is carried out locally to you, wherever you live. In the Inverness area, our local medical experts are;
Mark Innes Burgin
The Aberdeen Clinic
1 Berry Street,
When dealing with an injury after an accident, the last thing you want to do is travel miles for a medical assessment as part of your compensation claim.
Claims Our Team Can Handle Across Scotland and The UK
We help clients make personal injury claims as a result of many different kinds of situations and many different kinds of injuries. As well as working with clients seeking to make an accident at work claim, we also work with personal injury solicitors who are experts in industrial diseases claims, medical negligence, slips, trips and falls and serious injury claims.
There are 70 industrial diseases, with 1.4 million people suffering from work-related illnesses in the UK today. It may mean you are eligible to claim personal injury compensation if it can be proven that your employer breached their duty of care to you, resulting in your illness. We have worked with clients to claim compensation for vibration white finger and asbestos-related illness, to name just two.
Clinical or Medical Negligence In Inverness
Clinical or medical negligence is an umbrella term, and there are many different kinds of medical negligence claims. If you were misdiagnosed, you might be able to claim compensation and, if the beauty treatment you opted for went wrong and you were hurt. As a result, you too may have a beauty treatment compensation claim. Please contact our personal injury solicitors for Inverness about making a claim online.
Accident At Work Claims In Inverness
Over half a million workers suffered some kind of workplace accident across the UK last year. Thankfully, many of these resulted in only minor injuries, but some people were more seriously hurt. The hard truth is that many of these accidents could and should have been avoided, but negligence in one shape or form contributed to the accident happening. You may be eligible to claim compensation after an accident at work, whether you are expected to recover fully, or your injuries are life-changing. From slips in the warehouse to bullying and stress at work, we may be able to help.
Inverness Accident At Work Statistics
|Accidents at work. As reported in Inverclyde||Total number of non fatal injuries reported in the area||Specified#||Those causing an absence over seven days|
Trip, Fall and Slip Injuries
Unfortunately, slips, trips and falls are more common than you think. Sometimes, they happen because there is negligence on someone who has a duty of care to ensure you are safe. From a slip in a supermarket to a trip or fall at work, we have expert Inverness personal injury solicitors that can assist you with your case. A slip, trip or fall can result in painful injuries, from twisted knees to a broken wrist, falling from a height can prove fatal, faulty machinery can cause serious injuries, no matter what the claim is or the injury you have sustained Legal Expert can start your case today.
Serious Injury Claims
Life-changing and life-limiting, serious injuries have a devastating effect on the victim that ripples out to close family and friends. Serious injury could include paralysis, burns or brain injuries, all of which we can help you with in terms of serious injury compensation claims.
By its very nature, a serious injury compensation claim is exceptionally complex. That is why choosing an expert personal injury solicitor who has the expertise and experience to deal with such a complex case.
Inverness Road Traffic Accident Claims
Road traffic accidents happen with alarming regularity, and some of the time, it is due to the fault of another road user. Thankfully, many of these collisions and accidents are minor, leading to minor but still painful injuries for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists. As well as reporting the accident to the police, you will also need to seek medical treatment and, if you can, contact details for any witnesses.
If you have a road traffic accident compensation claim, you know we are the people to contact for help with your claim for the likes of whiplash. So, feel free to contact our personal injury solicitors for Inverness about how to claim.
Road Traffic Statistics For Inverness
The number of adults and children killed or seriously injured on Inverness roads is showing a downward trend. Even with the safest roads in Europe and improving the safety of modern car design, there are still several people, including children, hurt or killed on our roads.
Make A No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claim In Scotland
No Win No Fee means – or should mean – exactly that: if you lose your claim for personal injury compensation, you shouldn’t have to pay anything. However, check the small print of any No Win No Fee service – also known as the Conditional Fee Agreement – because not every personal injury solicitor will offer their service in the same way.
Using a No Win No Fee agreement means there is no risk, no upfront costs, no medical costs. If the case is lost, you will not pay anything at all, and if it is successful, you will pay a percentage of your damages.
Do We Offer A No Win No Fee Service?
Yes, we do, and the No Win No Fee service we offer is a genuine one. In other words, if we do not win your case, we do not receive any fees.
And when your claim is successful, we take a percentage that has already been agreed.
Offering a genuine No Win No Fee service means that a personal injury solicitor will assess any claim to see if it will be successful. They will gather all kinds of evidence that supports your case, including medical evidence.
And all this happens after you have made an informed decision about whether to make a claim for personal injury compensation and which Inverness personal injury solicitors are best to help you.
Begin Your Claim Today
It’s a big decision claiming personal injury compensation. It is one that only you can make. Deciding what is best for you means having all the information you need about making a personal injury claim, what a lawyer will need to know, and the chances of a successful claim.
And that’s why we invite you to call us to find out more and to do so without being obligated to take your case any further. It can be a long journey claiming compensation, but if you have been hurt through no fault of your own, don’t you deserve to claim a settlement that could help you make the changes you need to?
If you would like more information on how to make a personal injury claims after an accident in Inverness, you can contact us in one of three ways;
- Use the live chat facility on our website
- Contact us via our online contact form
- Call us on 0800 073 8804 we are here from 9 am to 9 pm, seven days a week.
We understand that to make the right decision, you need plenty of information, some of which answer specific questions you have about your potential claim. You can request a call back from one of the expert solicitors on the Legal Expert panel – ask our staff member, and they will arrange it for you.
If you are ready to make your claim for personal injury compensation, you can start the ball rolling today by calling us on 0800 073 8804. Our expert and friendly staff will talk through your potential claim and help you take the next steps to success.
Helpful contacts in Inverness
If you have been involved in an accident in Inverness, you will need help, and these organisations are the best people to contact, even if the accident and your injuries were not serious.
Contact Police Scotland
As well as understanding how to make a compensation claim, you will need to report an accident if someone has been injured.
There are two Police Scotland stations in Inverness;
6 Burnett Road,
Tel: 01463 228411
Sir Walter Scott Drive,
Tel: 01786 289070
Local Crown Court
Sheriff Court House,
Tel: 01463 230782
Opening times vary so check before you visit.
Raigmore Hospital is the main hospital in Inverness with an Accident and Emergency Department open 24 hours throughout the year;
Address: Old Perth Road,
Main switchboard number: 01463 704000
Other Useful Links
- Hereford Personal Injury Solicitors
- Hillingdon Personal Injury Solicitors
- Hoddesdon Personal Injury Solicitors
- Hounslow Personal Injury Solicitors
- Huddersfield Personal Injury Solicitors
- Arm Injury Claims
- Ipswich Personal Injury Solicitors
- Isle of Wight Personal Injury Solicitors
- Islington Personal Injury Solicitors
- Jarrow Personal Injury Solicitors
- Can I Make A Claim For An Ankle Injury?
Inverness Personal Injury Solicitors FAQs
What is the personal injury claims time limit?
So, you would have three years in which to make a personal injury claim.
Does this mean that the case requires a resolution during the 3-year window?
No, you need to initiate claims proceedings during that time, but the claim could take longer.
When does the 3-year limit begin?
It starts from the accident date and the knowledge date.
What is the knowledge date?
This is when you learn of your injuries from an accident; this might come long after the accident happens.
Are there any exceptions to this 3-year rule?
Yes, the time limit changes when it comes to crime claims for cases of historical sexual abuse.
So, what is the limit for sexual abuse claims?
You would have two years to begin your claim after you report the incident to the police.
How long does the claims process last?
A claim usually comes to its conclusion within 12-18 months.
When will I receive my compensation settlement?
You should receive your payment up to 28 days after the agreement happens.
Thank you for reading our Inverness personal injury solicitors guide.