What is a Personal Injury Claim?
If you have suffered injury or illness as a result of someone else’s fault (negligence) then you may have a personal injury claim. If so then you may be able to recover compensation.
How long do I have to claim?
Usually you will have 3 years from the date of accident or negligence to make a claim. If you have any doubt about if you have a case you should contact our specialist lawyers.
What types of Injury can you claim for?
We can help with all types of accident claims including:
- Road traffic collisions including pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists
- Asbestos related disease and are specialists in mesothelioma cases
- Head, spinal and other serious injuries
- Work related illness and accident
- Rail, sea and air related accidents
We are able to access support, medical care and help for you and your family due to the relationships we have with support groups in Scotland and have offices throughout Scotland. We will fight for justice and fairness, we will do the hard work for you and are committed to making a positive difference. You can see more information about the specific areas of claims using the menu to the right.
No Win No Fee
Most of the claims we handle are at no cost to you - we usually do not deduct any percentage from your compensation pay out. Our experience has led to:
- Helping thousands of people like you
- No Win No Fee
- Helping with Rehabilitation with specialist contacts
- Securing over £20m for our clients in the last 18 months
- 9 out of 10 customers would use us again and recommend us to friends & family based on client feedback
How much Compensation could you receive?
The value of your compensation will depend on the injury you sustained as a result of your accident and how long your symptoms last.
We have a compensation calculator to let you know how much you could be due based on your injury.
Get in touch with our Specialist Solicitors
We provide a free initial consultation and you can contact us by filling out the claims form below with details of your accident/injury or:
We're specialists you can trust
We are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Law Society of Scotland's Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme. We are also members of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society.
Why choose us for your claim?
Keep 100% of your compensation,
because you matter
Unlike our competitors if you use us for your personal injury claim you keep 100% of your compensation. So if you're awarded £5,000 compensation, you receive £5,000.
We recover our fees from the other side so you keep all the compensation you are awarded. There are no costs for you so you have peace of mind using Harper Macleod.
Quick, efficient service
We try to settle each claim as quickly as possible but every case is different.
There are many factors which will determine how quickly we can settle your claim such as the severity of the injury and how long it takes to establish liability but in general we aim to resolve most claims in less than 9 months.
Our clients rate us as 9.5 out of 10 in terms of service & advice and 9 out of 10 customers would use us again and recommend us to friends & family.
Maximise your compensation
We will work hard for you to make sure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. The value of your compensation will depend on the injury you sustained as a result of your accident and how long your symptoms last.
We have a compensation calculator to let you know how much you could be due based on your injury.
No risks or costs
Do not be confused by the phrase "No Win No Fee". Often that means if you do win you receive less than 100% of your compensation. We do not charge you a fee and we do not take any of your compensation.
You can instruct us with confidence that there are no risks or costs for you.
5 Questions about your PI claim
You can make a compensation claim for injuries sustained as the result an accident caused by the negligence of others. These can be a person, business or public sector organisation who can be fully or only partially to blame.
These accidents can include a road traffic accident, an accident at work, a slip or trip in a public place, sporting injury, asbestos related disease and many others.
To get an indication of the strength of your claim you should get in touch with us as soon as possible. Many types of claims are time barred under Scots law so the sooner you start the process the better.
We will take details of your claim, the accident or negligence and our specialist team will then assess the prospects of your case.
If we need any more details from you we will let you know. If we think your case has reasonable prospects of being successful we will take on your case and move this forward for you. We will add value to the service and advice we give to you wherever possible. As a Scottish law firm we know the support services that are available to you and your family.
Our specialists will be able to advise you if you have a claim.
We will begin our investigations into the circumstances of your injury or illness as soon as possible so it is important you get in touch with us as promptly as possible.
Once you instruct us to represent you we will make enquiries about liability (fault) and start ingathering evidence to prove your case.
If liability for the accident or negligence is in dispute we will undertake investigations which will ensure you are in the strongest possible position for your case to move forward.
Once we have identified who the negligent party is then we will send them written intimation of your claim. Most cases proceed under a Pre- Action Protocol and it is important that time limits are met by both us and the other side- penalties attach when the procedure is not followed. It is important that you instruct specialist Injury lawyers who know about the legal procedures particular to Personal Injury cases.
We will focus on achieving justice and securing a fair settlement for you. We require to get documents to prove your losses and will instruct relevant experts in order to prove that the injuries were linked to the accident or negligence and the extent of your losses. This includes medical reports to show the nature and extent of your injuries. We will advise you on what we are able to input as part of your claim and guide you through the process.
Our aim is to achieve a conclusion for you as quickly as possible but we will ensure that any settlement is achieved on your behalf for a reasonable amount at the right time. This often means taking your case to court.
Your case may settle within the terms of the Pre- Action Protocol which means it settles without the need for court action. We understand the legal process and the impact this has on clients and their families so we will work with you to ensure that the process is as hassle free and supportive for you as possible.
The majority of claims that are raised as court action do not proceed to a full hearing. There are incentives on both sides to avoid court action which is positive however this is not guaranteed. If a court action requires to be raised on your behalf we will guide you through the court process.
We will advise you at all significant steps of the court action ("litigation"). It is important that you instruct specialist solicitors to ensure that you get the correct level of representation and you achieve an outcome that is fair, just and reasonable.
Every case is different and will vary according to your specific circumstances however normally you can claim for compensation for your injuries and any losses which you have suffered as a result of your injury (for example wage loss, damaged personal effects or good, travel costs, services supplied by relatives etc).
The amount you will receive will depend on the evidence available, whether the neglected party is fully or partially responsible, the losses suffered and the any additional costs to you. In terms of your injury claim factors taken into account when assessing the level of compensation are the extent and severity of your injury, the long terms effects of your injury and the extent to which the injury has affected your life.
If you get in touch with our specialist team we will be able to give you a rough indication of the value of your case and keep you updated throughout the progress of the case.
For additional information we have also produced a compensation calculator which gives a rough indication of compensation levels for different types of injuries.
We understand that every case is different and what this means to you and your family. Our specialist solicitors care about you and as experts we use our specialist knowledge to secure medical assistance and care, obtain interim payments for clients where possible and will ensure that we secure justice and fairness for those we represent.
Our clients rate us as 9.5 out of 10 in terms of service and advice. 9 out of 10 customers would use us again and recommend us to friends & family.
Importantly with us, unlike many others, you keep 100% of the compensation you receive & our specialist personal injury lawyers will provide you with a free initial consultation.
Video - What to do if you've been in an accident
We've put together a video with some tips on what to do if you've been in an accident or been injured through no fault of your own and think you might be due compensation. Our specialist team talk you through the options, what you can claim for and what to look out for when deciding your next step.
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Our Specialist Team
Our team can handle all types of injury claims.
We have a number of experts in our team including Heather Calderwood who is listed as a 'Leader in the Field' of Personal Injury in the Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession. Elaine Russell is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Personal Injury Law and is an accredited specialist with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
As well as the Solicitors listed below we have a team of paralegals and support staff who are also specialists in dealing with Injury claims.
If you would like to speak to anyone in particular you can phone 0800 904 7777 or click on their names below to find out more about their experience.
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