A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Our national network of solicitors help clients across the UK keep more compensation.

Whether you are based in Bathgate or anywhere in the country, our experienced injury lawyers can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, Quittance can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims for compensation must usually be made within a 3-year window.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must demonstrate:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Starting your claim as soon as possible should allow the solicitor to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

What is my claim worth?

The compensation you will be awarded is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Bathgate

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from forklift drivers to agricultural managers, to claim compensation.

See: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Bathgate

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Bathgate are relatively frequent. Official statistics reveal a total of 502 accidents (450 slight accidents, 47 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Lothian local authority area. By 2014 accidents decreased to 414. Incidents in the Bathgate area in 2013 included collisions on the dual carriageway of the A7066 and B792 slip road and on the single carriageway of the A89 and A801 roundabout.

Our network of qualified no win no fee personal injury solicitors have vast experience in securing maximum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Bathgate.

See: Road accident claims

Other claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Bathgate

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

Bathgate experts for serious injury compensation claims

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.

Our 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

Slip and trip accidents

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.

Bathgate No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Bathgate and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Bathgate, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and their winning track record.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor

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.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer to handle your claim

Finding the most suitable PI lawyer to help you is the most important step towards getting the highest settlement or award for your accident.

With approximately 75 offices within 25 miles of Bathgate (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015 database), how can you ensure you select the most appropriate company for your needs?

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.

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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