Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

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We have helped injured people in Dalkeith, Midlothian and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Can I make a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. There are various other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or where the injury occurred.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim. Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker:

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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

Injury compensation calculator

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:

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Dalkeith road accident claims

Drivers, pedestrians and riders have a right to start a claim for compensation if they are hurt on Dalkeith's roads due to someone else's actions.

Whether you were hurt in a collision on a roundabout, or have been involved as a pedestrian on Dalkeith's roads, our team can help. This useful guide sets out what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Dalkeith

If you were injured at work in the last three years and it wasn?t your fault, you might be able to claim compensation.

However your injury occurred, whether you broke a bone or developed noise-induced hearing loss, our guide to work accident claims explains what you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Injuries in a public place

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.

Public place accident claims

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

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

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

Other types of claim

Dalkeith No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Dalkeith injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Dalkeith, Midlothian and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your 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.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Friendly and professional advice

Our specialist solicitors have an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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FAQs

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.

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

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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 Quittance’s 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.

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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