Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Every year, we help injured people in Galashiels, Selkirkshire and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Can I claim?

The main criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In reality, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or whether the claim is considered to be low-quantum.

Why not speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Instant 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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Road accident claims in Galashiels

You may be able to start a claim for compensation if you were involved in an accident and injured on Galashiels's roads due to another driver's negligence.

Regardless of whether you were hurt in a car collision, or have suffered an injury in a hit-and-run on Galashiels's roads, our specialist team can help. This road accident claim guide explains what you need to know about starting a claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Galashiels

Have you been injured at work and your employer was liable? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

Whether you had a crush injury or have been diagnosed with vibration white finger, our work injury claim guide shows you how best to make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Injuries in a public place

Government statistics underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work as a whole. These types of accident are typically the cause of accidents attributed to other causes like being hit by an object falling from a machine, a fall from a ladder or a fire related (burn) accident. Public liability litigation for injuries such as pulled muscles happening on obstructed walkways are also quite common with trips having happened on Channel Street and on Balmoral Place.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness including anything from NIHL to asthma caused by flour.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

Courts recognise that a serious injury can have a significant effect on a claimant. Damages will lessen the financial load on a claimant and their dependants enabling them to focus on recovery. Our panel of solicitors have helped families recover damages for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious include paralysis and cerebral palsy.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Galashiels 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, Galashiels 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 Galashiels, Selkirkshire 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

We are here to help

Specialist solicitors with 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.

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Frequently asked questions

Have the solicitors handled many claims in Galashiels?

We are a UK-wide panel of results-focussed personal injury solicitors that helps people in Galashiels, Selkirkshire and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Selkirkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from public place accidents to factory accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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 means you will never be out of pocket.

Galashiels solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by lawyers vary enormously.

Researching reviews can be a good place to start when weighing up which solicitor to instruct.

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Are Galashiels claimants restricted to only local law firms?

You do not need to select a solicitor near you.

Usually, the only aspect that does require a local service 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 medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

What are the road accident statistics in Galashiels

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Galashiels are quite common. Official statistics show 4 fatal accidents, 76 serious accidents and 255 slight accidents in 2013 in Scottish Borders (Total events were 335 local authority. By 2014 accidents decreased to 295.

Our panel of expert road traffic accident litigators have years of experience in obtaining the highest damages for claimants who have been injured in a road accident in Galashiels.

Work accident statistics in Galashiels

The most recent 2019

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 the 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.

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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