A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Quittance's nationwide network of lawyers help Claimants across the country keep more personal injury compensation with our fairer success fees.

No matter whether you are based in Bonnyrigg or anywhere in the UK, our experienced injury lawyers will take on your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

Updated: October 16, 2016

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Eligibility to claim

Injury A claim must usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be proven that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the Defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

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Compensation calculator

The level of compensation you will be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Bonnyrigg

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Bonnyrigg are relatively frequent. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 228 accidents (197 slight accidents, 26 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Midlothian local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 251.

Our panel of professional no win no fee lawyers have years of experience in securing optimum general and special damages for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Bonnyrigg.

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Work accident claims in Bonnyrigg

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from scaffolding erectors to bilingual secretaries, to claim compensation from their employer.

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Other claims

Serious injury lawyers serving Bonnyrigg

Quittance's team recognise the critical difference a successful claim makes to the lives of people who have been impacted by major injury. Damages should ease the financial burden on an injured person enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Read more about Catastrophic injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics emphasise the fact that employee slips and trips are the single most common cause of injury at work as a whole. Slips and trips are sometimes lead to accidents categorised as something else like being struck by moving machinery, a fall from a ladder or an animal related accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like facial scarring happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with pavement trips having happened on Station Rd and on High Street.

Medical negligence in Bonnyrigg

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you just want the hospital to explain what happened rather than financial damages, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, for example, to raise a complaint against NHS Lothian.

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Bonnyrigg No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Bonnyrigg and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Our national network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Bonnyrigg and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor
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Have Quittance solicitors handled many claims in Bonnyrigg?

We are a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Midlothian seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from scaffolding accidents to cycling accidents.

With a 90% success rate, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and expert advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

In many cases a compensation claim can take several months to complete. In the most serious claims, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not responsible for many factors of interest to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

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. Find out more here.

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 questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Reviews for lawyers in Bonnyrigg

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Will I need to select a local Bonnyrigg solicitor ?

The location of the firm is not especially important as injury cases are, as a matter of course, handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should go with a solicitors practice that offers a national network as Claimants will need to attend a medical assessment.

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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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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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