Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

Have you had to take time off work to recover from your injuries? Has your daily life been affected? If so, our team can help.

If you have been injured and you think it is someone else's fault, you could make a claim for financial compensation.

Every year, we help injured people in Armadale, West Lothian and across the UK get compensation for:

Do I have a personal injury claim?

You should be able to make a compensation claim if you suffered an illness or injury:

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

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or whether the claim is considered to be low-quantum.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker.

How long does a child have to start a claim?

As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can act as a 'litigation friend' and instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of your child. If you suffered an injury as a child, you have until you turn 21 years old to claim compensation.

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Child injury compensation claims

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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 Armadale

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault in Armadale, or anywhere in England or Wales, you may be entitled to claim compensation. A compensation claim could be possible if you were injured as a:

  • Driver or passenger in a car
  • Rider or pillion on a motorbike
  • Lorry, HGV or van driver or passenger
  • Public transport user (bus or taxi)
  • Cyclist or e-scooter rider
  • Pedestrian

Whether you were a passenger in a car accident, or sustained an injury as a pedestrian, our useful guide explains how to start aroad accident claim.

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Work injury claims in Armadale

Have you suffered an injury at work and your employer, or another member of staff, was to blame? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

By law, employers and site operators owe a duty of care to their staff, to visitors and contractors. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a vet or a cleaner, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

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Work accident compensation

Medical negligence claims in Armadale

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a patient is injured as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from one of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Armadale, including NHS Lothian (Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh).

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Clinical negligence compensation

Public place injury claims in Armadale

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

Whether you were hurt on public transport or in a public pool, and a third party caused your accident, you could be entitled to claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in a public place, we can help.

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Public place accident compensation claims

Serious injury compensation

A serious or catastrophic injury is defined as an injury that results in a life-changing disability. Serious injuries typically include brain injuries, and skull or spinal fractures, but could also include other illnesses and injuries such as loss of sight, cancer and back injuries.

If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.

A claim will ease the financial burden, helping you and your family to focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert personal injury lawyers coordinate with insurance providers and medical professionals, so you get the rounded support you need.

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Claim serious injury compensation

Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No.You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical assessment, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery. Our personal injury solicitor panel helps claimants in Armadale, and across the UK.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Armadale 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.

Armadale 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 Armadale, West Lothian 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.

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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.

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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 Armadale 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

Have you helped many injury claimants in Armadale?

We assist 100's of injured claimants in Armadale and West Lothian every year.

Your solicitor will fight hard to win your case and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured on public transport or as a result of a missed diagnosis.

Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Armadale personal injury solicitor reviews

The SRA regulate the professional standards of all injury solicitors. Despite this, service levels do vary from firm to firm.

Personal recommendations, word of mouth and online reviews can help you select which solicitor is the right fit for your claim.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

What are Armadale road accident statistics?

Our network of certified no win, no fee solicitors have years of experience in obtaining maximum compensation for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Armadale.

Vehicle accidents in Armadale are quite common. Department of Transport data shows there were 249 road accidents in West Lothian in 2021 (183 slight accidents, 61 accidents and 5 fatalities). Accidents in the Armadale area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A89 and B8084 junction and on the single carriageway of the A89 and A801 roundabout.

Work accident statistics in Armadale

There were 0 fatalities and 170 other work accidents in West Lothian in 2021.

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator