A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

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

Whether you live in Dalkeith or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

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 another person was liable, Quittance can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what matters in such circumstances.

In order to win a Dalkeith personal injury case, your lawyer 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.

Your lawyer can take you through each of these key issues and should look at how they apply in your case.

How much compensation could I get?

The compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of factors. Our online claim calculator gives an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Dalkeith

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from forklift drivers to court reporters, to claim injury compensation.

Find out more: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Dalkeith

Cars involved in a road accident

Our network of knowledgeable road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury solicitors have decades of experience in negotiating maximum compensation for claimants hurt in a car accident in Dalkeith.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Dalkeith are not uncommon with 5 fatal accidents, 26 serious accidents and 197 slight accidents in 2013 in Midlothian (Total events were 228 council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 251. Incidents in the Dalkeith region in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A720 and A7 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A68 and A6094 other junction.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from noise induced hearing loss to asthma caused by latex.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slips and trips

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most prevalent cause of injury in the workplace. Slips, trips and falls are often forerunner to accidents recorded in another category, such as being hit by a reversing vehicle or a lake drowning accident. Public place claims for injuries such as facial scarring sustained on raised kerb stones are also common with trips having happened on Station Rd and on High Street.

Dalkeith lawyers for serious injury compensation

Quittance recognise the vital change a compensation claim can make to severely injured claimants. We fight hard for maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes claiming for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy.

Find out more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Medical negligence in Dalkeith

Medical negligence is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a consultant or other health professional's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

If you are just looking for closure instead of financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To raise a complaint against NHS Lothian, for example, you can contact Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Find out more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Dalkeith No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Dalkeith and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Dalkeith, from relatively minor claims to long term industrial disease. Our lawyers are chosen for their professionalism and their track record in recovering compensation.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Dalkeith?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that assists people in Dalkeith, Midlothian and across the UK, obtain compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people throughout Midlothian get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from workplace accidents to whiplash.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, enables you to 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 means you will never be out of pocket.

What factors to think about when finding the best personal injury solicitor

You will be liaising with your legal representative for a long period of time, from many months for minor injuries to potentially years for complex cases. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Will you need to go with a local legal firm ?

The location of a law firm is not especially important as cases can be managed by phone, post and email.

However, you should go with a law firm that offers medical facilities near you as claimants will be expected to attend a medical assessment.

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. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. 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 severe thumb dislocation, for example, ranges from ?3,190 to ?5,500 (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.

Look into Dalkeith solicitor reviews

The levels of service offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Online reviews can certainly be helpful if you are weighing up which solicitor to work with.

Find out more Personal injury solicitors reviews

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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