A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's national network of lawyers help claimants across the country keep more of their compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Cockenzie or anywhere else in England or Wales, our injury lawyers will manage your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and a third party owed you a duty of care, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Claims for personal injury compensation must usually be made within a three-year window.

To win a Cockenzie personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

A short, no-obligation phone consultation with a Cockenzie-specialist lawyer will give answers to your questions and useful guidance.

Compensation Calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of factors. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Cockenzie

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for injured claimants, from bricklayers to clinical research associates, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries.

For more information: Injured at work compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Cockenzie

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of expert injury solicitors have years of experience in getting the highest damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Cockenzie.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Cockenzie are not uncommon. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 207 accidents (177 slight accidents, 27 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Lothian local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 243.

For more information: Road traffic accident claim

Other types of claim

Clinical and medical negligence in Cockenzie

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are only looking for answers instead of claiming compensation. For example, you can contact Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, to make a complaint against NHS Lothian.

For more information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

The Quittance team recognise the critical change compensation will make to people whose lives have been impacted by serious injury. A claim will lessen the financial burden and reduce the pressure on a claimant enabling them to prioritise recovery.

For more information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip and trip accidents

Government statistics show that slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work as a whole. These types of accident are typically the precursor to accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being struck by a falling object, when supporting another person or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like strained muscles occurring on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with recent incidents having occurred on Links Rd and on High St.

Cockenzie 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 Cockenzie and the whole of the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Cockenzie, from relatively minor claims to life-changing injury. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

Click here to meet more of the team.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Cockenzie?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of award winning solicitors that assists injured people in Cockenzie, Lothian and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Lothian seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from part-time worker injuries to car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


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.

Help for those searching for a lawyer

Usually a claim can take months to agree a settlement. For cases of serious injury, some claims can take over a year. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), however the quality of service does vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to trust at every step of the process to give legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for elbow injuries causing some long term problems could vary between ?12,650 and ?25,850 (based on 2015 market research).

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

Cockenzie solicitor reviews

Service standards offered by lawyers can differ.

Researching online reviews is a great place to start if you are considering which solicitor best serves your needs.

Read more - Quittance reviews

Do you need to select a local solicitor ?

The location of a law firm is not very critical as injury cases are handled by phone and email.

However, you should go with a law firm that provides national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will 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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