A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Quittance's nationwide panel of personal injury solicitors help claimants throughout England and Wales keep more damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in East Lothian or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert personal injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should, in most cases, be made within a three-year window.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a work-related illness in East Lothian or road accident, a successful compensation claim will involve three issues. It must be proven that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

The solicitor will discuss each of these key points and should explain how they apply to your claim.

Injury claims calculator

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely award or settlement.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in East Lothian

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for people, from members of the army to dietitians, to claim compensation.

Read more: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in East Lothian

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in East Lothian are reasonably common. 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. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 243.

Our group of trained personal injury lawyers are experienced in negotiating the highest settlements for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in East Lothian.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury experts acting in East Lothian

We understand the critical change an injury claim can make to the lives of people whose lives have been affected by major injury.

Compensation should ease the financial load and reduce stress so an injured person and their family enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Medical and clinical negligence in East Lothian

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when someone suffers injury or illness due to the lack of care of a doctor or other medical professional. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could make a formal complaint if you only want closure or answers as opposed to injury compensation. You can contact Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Lothian.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from industrial deafness to carbon monoxide poisoning claim.

Read more: Industrial disease compensation

Slip, trip and fall accidents

HSE statistics underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are still the most common accident at work as a whole in 2014/15. They are sometimes connected to accidents recorded in another category like being hit by another person, when supporting another person or a harmful substance accident. Public liability litigation for injuries such as fractured wrists happening on obstructed footpaths are also common with recent street trips having occurred on Newhouses and on Court Street.

East Lothian 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 East Lothian and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in East Lothian and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims and their level of experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What experience does Quittance have of injury claims in East Lothian?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in East Lothian, Lothian and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Lothian seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including whiplash and accidents in the office.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This gives you the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your needs?

Compensation for a compensation claim can take months, and even years in the most serious claims, to be paid. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues of interest to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.

Personal injury solicitor reviews in East Lothian - What to look for

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to sympathetic. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service offered by different firms.

Will I have to choose a personal injury solicitor near me?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a law firm near you.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that will need to be performed locally is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

The diversity in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums charged by lawyers working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is vast

As an example the amount of compensation retained by a claimant awarded ?8,043 for minor achilles tendon injuries can vary from ?4,826 to ?6,837.

See How much can you claim?

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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