A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our nationwide panel of lawyers help clients across the country keep more injury compensation.

Whether you live in Galashiels or anywhere in the UK, our experienced lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, Quittance can help you make a compensation claim.

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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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Injury claims must, in most cases, be made within three years.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be shown 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.

Compensation calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Galashiels

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Galashiels

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from members of the army to energy conservation officers, to claim for their work related injuries.

For more information: Accident at work compensation claims

Other types of claim

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

Serious injury

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

Slip, trip and fall accidents

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.

Clinical negligence in Galashiels

Clinical negligence describes when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for closure or answers instead of claiming compensation. For example, you can contact Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Roxburghshire, to make a formal complaint against NHS Borders.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Galashiels No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Galashiels and across the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in Galashiels, from whiplash cases to serious road injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their winning track record and their level of specialist experience.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

Have Quittance 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.

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 means you will never be out of pocket.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you?

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in cases of serious injury, to be settled. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they do not regulate many issues that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your legal representative should be someone you can trust throughout your claim to provide compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

The contrast in the level of success fees and ATE premiums between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements is quite significant

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?50,479 for emphysema can vary from ?30,287 to ?42,907.

More information Compare personal injury solicitors fees

Look into 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.

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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