A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Quittance's nationwide network of lawyers help claimants throughout England and Wales to keep more of their personal injury settlement with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Gullane or anywhere else in the UK, our injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial 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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Key criteria

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that matters.

Whether a claim is being made for a slip, trip or work accident in Gullane, there are three main elements to making a successful claim. It needs to be shown that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Answers to your questions and practical guidance will be provided by a free phone consultation with an expert Gullane solicitor.

How much compensation can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of factors. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Work accident claims in Gullane

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from construction workers to estate agents, to claim injury compensation.

Further information: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Gullane

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Gullane are relatively 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 area. By 2014 the total had increased to 243.

Our panel of accredited road traffic accident injury lawyers have years of experience in achieving maximum compensation for people who have been injured in a road accident in Gullane.

Further information: Road accident claims

Other claims we handle

Slip and trip accidents

Officially reported figures highlight the fact that slips and trips continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace. They are sometimes the cause of accidents recorded in a different category for instance being hit by a reversing vehicle or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place accident claims injuries such as torn ligaments sustained on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with kerb stone trips having occurred on Main Rd and on High St.

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from chemical poisoning to chronic silicosis.

Further information: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Gullane

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when someone is injured as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want answers rather than starting an injury claim. To make a formal complaint against NHS Lothian, for example, you can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Further information: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Serious injury

The effect of a serious or catastrophic injury is recognised by Courts and insurance companies when working out injury compensation.

A claim will ease the impact of bills other financial issues and reduce the pressure on an injured claimant enabling them to prioritise recovery. Our panel of specialist solicitor firms have helped claimants impacted by serious accidents.

Further information: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Gullane No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Gullane and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in Gullane and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

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 do Quittance solicitors have of claims in Gullane?

Quittance is a national network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists people in Gullane, Lothian and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of claimants across Lothian get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from motorbike pillion passenger accidents to factory accidents.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.


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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your illness or injury

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from several months for minor injuries to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

Do you need to select a local solicitor ?

The whereabouts of the solicitor is not particularly important as cases are, as a matter of course, handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should select a solicitors' firm that provides medical facilities near you as you will usually need to go to a medical assessment.

More : Do I have to attend a medical?

Reviews for injury lawyers in Gullane

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for a broken leg, for example, ranges from ?14,520 to ?22,440 (based on 2015 market data).

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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