Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
How can we help
We have helped hundreds of people in Haddington, Lothian and across the UK get compensation for:
Do I have a claim?
The basic criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Practically speaking, several other factors can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or the quantum of the claim.
If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Claim Checker:
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 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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
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:
Haddington road accident claims
If you are injured in an accident on Haddington's roads due to a careless road user, you have a right to claim injury compensation.
Whether you have been hurt in a collision on a roundabout, or were involved as a pedestrian, we can help. This guide to road accident compensation explains what you need to know about how to get started.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in Haddington
If you have been injured because of your employer's actions or negligence, you have the right to make a claim.
Whatever your job, whether you suffered a cut or laceration or have been diagnosed with a work-related illness, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful work accident claim.Work accident claims
Other claim types
Accidents in a public place
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.
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, the 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.
More about Clinical negligence compensation
More claim types
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.
More about Catastrophic injury compensation
Haddington 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, Haddington 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 Haddington, 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.
Experienced personal injury lawyers
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
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.
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.
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.
Find out more Solicitor reviews
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
What are the road accident statistics in Haddington
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.
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.
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.
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*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
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.
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.
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.