Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, we are here to help.

How Quittance can help

Every year, we help injured people in Gullane, Lothian and across the UK get compensation for:

Can I make a claim?

If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you are legally entitled to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • 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 other points to consider?

Yes. There are several other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or the quantum of the claim.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim. Speak to an expert now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Online 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 Gullane

Drivers have the right to start a claim for compensation if they have been hurt on Gullane's roads due to someone else's actions.

It does not matter if you sustained an injury in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a crash, our useful guide explains what you need to do to start a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Gullane

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, a temp or on a zero-hours contract, our guide to work accident claims explains your rights and to make a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Public place 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.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

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, the 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

Medical negligence claims

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

Industrial disease claims

Gullane 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, Gullane 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 Gullane, Lothian 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 legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

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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FAQs

What experience do the 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.

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).

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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.

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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