Have you been injured in an accident that was not 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 were injured in the last 3 years and another person was to blame, you could claim financial compensation.

We have helped injured people in Cockenzie, Lothian and across the UK claim compensation for:

Can I claim compensation?

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

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person 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 several other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or whether there was a criminal incident.

Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you have a claim. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Claim Checker.

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:

Calculate compensation

Road accident claims in Cockenzie

If you've been injured by another road user's actions or negligence, we can help you get the support and financial compensation you need for your recovery.

Whether you have been hurt in a crash, or sustained an injury in a cycling accident, this guide explains how to start a road accident injury claim.

Read more:

Claim road accident compensation

Work injury claims in Cockenzie

If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

All employers owe a duty of care to their employees. Whether you were injured or made ill when working as a landscape gardener or a carpenter, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful no win, no fee claim.

Read more:

Work accident compensation

Medical negligence claims 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

Public place accidents in Cockenzie

Whether you were injured in a public park or in a shopping centre, and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

If you have been injured in an accident in public, we can help you make a public place accident claim for financial compensation.

Serious injury claims

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

Cockenzie 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.

Cockenzie 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 Cockenzie, 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.

Read more:

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.

Read more:

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 Cockenzie 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

What experience do the 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.

The 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.

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.

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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