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

Regardless of how you were injured by someone else's negligence, we are here to help you recover compensation.

Our personal injury services

Each year, we help injured people in Bathgate, West Lothian and across the UK claim compensation for:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

The key criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury, whether the claim is considered to be low-quantum or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.

A brief phone consultation will let you know whether you can claim. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker:

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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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Bathgate road accident claims

You should be able to start a claim for compensation if you were involved in an accident and injured on Bathgate's roads because of the negligence of another road user.

Regardless of whether you were injured in a hit-and-run on Bathgate's roads, or were hurt in a car collision, our specialist team are here. Quittance's useful guide explains what you need to do to make a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Bathgate

If you have sustained an injury at work in the last three years, you might be able to claim compensation.

Whatever the circumstances of your injury, whether you are a carpenter injured on a building site or a cleaner hurt in an office, our work accident claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Public place injuries

Recorded statistics indicate that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent accident at work in 2014/15. Slips, trips and falls are sometimes the forerunner to accidents classified under another heading like being hit by a runaway vehicle or a drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like broken toes sustained on potholes are also quite prevalent with recent pavement crack trips having occurred on Ochilview Square and on Main St.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a person is injured due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong rather than financial compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Lothian.

See: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The long-term impact of serious and catastrophic injury will be recognised by Courts when determining injury compensation. By reducing the financial pressure serious injury imposes on a claimant and their family, a compensation claim helps people to concentrate on their recovery.

The panel of solicitors have helped claimants recover compensation for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and medical conditions categorised as serious and catastrophic include cerebral palsy and multiple fractures.

See: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Bathgate No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Bathgate injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Bathgate, West Lothian and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your 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.

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 there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

How can Quittance help?

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:

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FAQs

What experience do your solicitors have of claims in Bathgate?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of specialist personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Bathgate, West Lothian and across the UK, get compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in West Lothian seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from scaffolding accidents to car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and expert advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

What should you consider when checking reviews for solicitors in Bathgate?

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from strictly professional to more casual and friendly. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for a serious wrist injury, for example, ranges from £19,800 to £31,625 (based on 2015 market data).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Do you need to select a local Bathgate injury lawyer?

The location of a solicitor is not particularly important as injury cases are usually managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should select a law firm that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will usually be expected to go to a medical exam.

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Can I claim for someone else?

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

If 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 on behalf of the injured person.

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

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

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

Taken from average case times, 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?

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

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

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

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator