A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Quittance's national network of injury lawyers help clients throughout England and Wales to keep more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Edinburgh or anywhere else in the UK, our expert solicitors can assist with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and someone else was liable, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims should be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury in the majority of cases.

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions like mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what matters in these cases.

In order to win a Edinburgh personal injury case, it must be proven that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

What is my claim worth?

The level of compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our online calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

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Work accident claims in Edinburgh

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from construction workers to control and instrumentation engineers, to get the compensation they deserve.

For more information: No win, no fee work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Edinburgh

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Edinburgh are relatively frequent. Official statistics reveal a total of 1369 accidents (1231 slight accidents, 130 serious accidents and 8 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Edinburgh local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,471. Accidents in Edinburgh in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the A900 and A8 junction and on the single carriageway of the A7 and A700 other junction.

Quittance's panel of certified road traffic accident (RTA) litigators have vast experience in fighting for the highest compensation for people who have been hurt in a car accident in Edinburgh.

For more information: Road accident claims

Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

HSE statistics underline the fact that slips, trips and falls are still the most prevalent cause of injury at work in 2014/15. They are frequently the cause of accidents attributed to other reasons like being hit by another person or a lake drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries such as broken wrists experienced on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with recent pothole trips having happened on St. Mary's Street and on Forrest Rd.

Edinburgh serious injury claims

Quittance understand the critical difference compensation will make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. Damages will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on a claimant and their family so they can prioritise rehabilitation.

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

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming work related compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from bladder cancer to MEK poisoning.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Edinburgh

When someone suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of starting an injury claim. For example, you can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Lothian.

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

Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh and throughout the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Edinburgh and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation and their professionalism.

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

How much experience do you have of handling claims in Edinburgh?

We are a national network of award winning solicitors that assists claimants in Edinburgh, Midlothian and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across Midlothian seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and slips and trips at work.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 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 that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Finding the most appropriate legal expert to act for you is a key step towards securing the most compensation.

With approximately 45 offices within 25 miles of Edinburgh, how do you make sure you instruct the best firm for your specific circumstances?

Do I need a local Edinburgh injury lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby solicitor is less relevant as injury cases are usually handled remotely.

It is however necessary to choose a law firm with national medical centres as you will almost always have to go to a medical assessment.

More - Do I have to attend a medical?

Read Edinburgh personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by solicitors vary considerably.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can be helpful if you are considering which solicitor to pick.

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The diversity in the level of personal injury success fees and insurance premiums between different firms is a material consideration for claimants.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?79,207 for mesothelioma can range from ?47,524 to ?67,326.

See How to compare personal injury solicitors

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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