A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Quittance's nationwide panel of injury lawyers help clients across the country to retain more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Haddington or anywhere in the country, we can will manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

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Key criteria

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like asbestosis may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three 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
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury
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What is my claim worth?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Haddington

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from carpenters to electrical engineers, to claim compensation from their employer.

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Road traffic accident claims in Haddington

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of qualified road traffic accident litigators have a wealth of experience in achieving the highest compensation for anyone who has been hurt in a car accident in Haddington.

Accidents involving all vehicles in Haddington are quite common. Official statistics show a total of 207 accidents (177 slight accidents, 27 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Lothian local authority district. In 2014 the total had increased to 243.

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Other types of claim

Clinical and medical negligence in Haddington

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term for when a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are only looking for a better understanding of events instead of a compensation award. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Lothian, you can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

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Slip and trip injuries

Health and Safety statistics reveal that employee slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of injury in the workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are sometimes forerunner to injuries filed under a different category like being struck by machinery, when supporting another person or an electrical discharge accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries such as broken toes experienced on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with street falls having occurred on Newhouses and on Court Street.

Haddington specialists for serious injury compensation

The Courts recognise that serious injuries have a life-changing effect on an individual.

By limiting the pressure a major injury imposes on an injured claimant and their family, a successful claim allows them to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of specialist lawyers have helped families collect compensation for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injury and illness categorised as catastrophic or serious include serious pharmaceutical error and lung disease.

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Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from industrial deafness to asthma caused by flour.

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Haddington No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Haddington and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Haddington, from fast track claims to serious road injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their knowledge and expertise.

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
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How much experience does Quittance have of claims in Haddington?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Haddington, Lothian and throughout the country, get compensation.

We have helped 100's of claimants in Lothian seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including whiplash and building site accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

How to pick the best personal injury solicitor

Instructing the most appropriate legal team for your legal matter is an important step towards successfully claiming the highest settlement or award.

With approximately 44 offices within a 25 radius of Haddington, how do you make sure you instruct the most appropriate one to pursue compensation for you?

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

As with many professional services, you do not need to choose a personal injury solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Haddington solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary significantly.

Reading reviews can certainly be revealing when contemplating which solicitor to instruct.

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The variation in success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by lawyers is important for claimants.

As an example the amount retained by a successful claimant who was awarded ?36,757 for serious hand injuries might vary from ?22,054 to ?31,243.

Additional reading How to compare personal injury fees

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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