Personal injury claims help and support
If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we can help.
With our no win, no fee guarantee, there is no financial risk in making a compensation claim, even if you don't win your claim.
We have helped hundreds of people in Haddington, Lothian and across the UK. We can help you claim the compensation you need to fund your recovery.
There are several steps involved in making an injury claim. The steps involved will depend on how and where you were injured.
Please select how you were injured:
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 other factors that could affect my right to claim?
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 376 1001. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Claim Checker.
What if I was injured as a child?
Claimants who were injured as a child have until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own behalf. An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.
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.
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
Calculate my injury compensation
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
Vehicle accidents in Haddington are quite common. Official gov.uk data for 2021 shows there were 505 road accidents in Lothian. There were 380 slight accidents, 118 accidents and 7 fatal accidents in 2021.
If you have been injured on Haddington's roads, or anywhere in the UK, you may be entitled to claim compensation. An injury claim may be possible if you were injured:
- As driver or passenger
- On a motorbike or bicycle
- As a pedestrian
- On public transport
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.
Haddington work injury claims
According to the HSE, in 2021, there were 229 non-fatal and 0 fatal work-related accidents in Lothian. 158 of these accidents led to 7 or more days off work for the injured worker.
If you have been injured because of your employer's actions or negligence, you have the right to make a claim.
By law, all employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a fitness trainer or a garage mechanic, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful work accident claim.
Haddington medical negligence claims
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 affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust covering Haddington, including NHS Lothian (Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh).
Haddington public place injury claims
There is a legal duty on the owners (occupiers) of premises to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors.
Whether you have been injured at an amusement park or on a slippery floor at a supermarket, you could be able to claim.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place, we can help.
Compensation for serious injuries
Catastrophic injuries that involve long-term treatment and recovery, or have a debilitating impact on your life, include brain or spinal injuries, amputation, burns or multiple fractures.
If you have suffered a serious injury, we understand the vital difference a successful claim can make.
Compensation can ease the financial load and reduce stress, helping you and your family to focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert serious injury solicitors coordinate with insurance providers and medical professionals, to help you get the rounded support you need.
Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?
When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.
You can begin with a free phone consultation with a legally-trained advisor. Your advisor will set out your options for compensation, and there is no obligation to proceed.
If you decide to make a compensation claim, your solicitor will take you through the process over the phone. You will be able to speak to your solicitor at any stage and you wlll receive regular updates.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Haddington and cross the UK.
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- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
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Frequently asked questions
Has Quittance helped many Haddington injury claimants?
We can help you start a claim for no win, no fee injury compensation, whether you live in Haddington, Lothian, or anywhere in the UK.
Regardless of whether you were hurt during a negligent medical procedure or in a car crash, your injury lawyer will recover the best possible compensation for your injuries.
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.
Haddington personal injury solicitor reviews
All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary. Online reviews and word of mouth will help you to find the right solicitor for your claim.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, 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 for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.
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**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.