A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Our national network of solicitors help clients throughout the UK retain more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Fauldhouse or anywhere in the country, our experienced injury solicitors can assist with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with 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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Eligibility to claim

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that matters.

To win a Fauldhouse 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 solicitor can take you through these key issues and will look at how they apply in your case.

Find out how much you can claim

The compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of factors. Our injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Work accident claims in Fauldhouse

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from plasterers to ergonomists, to seek financial compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Fauldhouse

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Fauldhouse are relatively frequent. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 502 accidents (450 slight accidents, 47 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Lothian local authority area. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 414.

Quittance's group of specialist no win, no fee personal injury solicitors have vast experience in obtaining the highest compensation for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Fauldhouse.

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Other claims

Slip and trip injuries

HSE data show that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work. These types of accident are frequently related to injuries recorded in another category like being hit by an object falling from a vehicle, a fall from a height or a quarry drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries like broken arms suffered on obstructed walkways are also quite common with pavement trips having happened on Main Street and on Main St.

Serious injury

The long-term effect of serious and catastrophic injury is recognised by the Courts when determining what a claim is worth. Compensation will lessen the financial load and reduce stress so an injured claimant and their family enabling them to prioritise rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist law firms have for many years aided people impacted by serious accidents and injuries.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help with claiming compensation for industrial injuries that range from bladder cancer to cancer caused by diesel exhaust fumes.

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Medical and clinical negligence in Fauldhouse

When someone sustains an injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for a detailed explanation of what happened rather than financial compensation. For example, to raise a complaint against NHS Lothian, you can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

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Fauldhouse No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Fauldhouse and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Fauldhouse, from relatively minor claims to catastrophic injury. Selected because of their track record in winning cases, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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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 claims in Fauldhouse?

Quittance is a national network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that helps injured people in Fauldhouse, West Lothian and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

We have helped hundreds of claimants in West Lothian get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including cycling accidents and workplace accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, enables you to focus on your recovery.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Selecting the best legal representation to help you is your most important step towards negotiating the most compensation for your illness or injuries.

With approximately 75 offices within 25 miles of Fauldhouse (according to the SRA website), what is the best way to ensure you choose the most appropriate law firm for your specific circumstances?

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

Many injury lawyers operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

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

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for chest injuries could vary between ?10,175 and ?14,520 (based on 2015 market research).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Solicitor reviews in Fauldhouse - What to look for

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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