A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Quittance's national network of solicitors help claimants across the UK keep more compensation.

Whether you are based in Hawick or anywhere in the UK, our experienced solicitors will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Your lawyer should look at how your case will relate to each of the points.

What is my claim worth?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides a good idea of your potential compensation award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Hawick

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for injured claimants, from gardeners to geographical information systems managers, to claim work accident compensation.

For more information: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Hawick

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Hawick are relatively commonplace with statistics showing a total of 335 accidents (255 slight accidents, 76 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Scottish Borders local authority area. In 2014 accidents decreased to 295.

Quittance's panel of specialist litigators have decades of experience in negotiating optimum awards for anyone who has sustained an injury in a road accident in Hawick.

For more information: Road accident compensation claim

Other injury claims

Serious injury

Courts recognise that a serious injury has a life-changing impact on an injured person and their family. By reducing the pressure a serious injury imposes on an injured person, a claim enables them to prioritise their rehabilitation. Our network of specialist solicitors have helped claimants claim compensation for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries categorised as catastrophic or serious include asbestos-related disease and multiple fractures.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical negligence in Hawick

When someone sustains an injury or illness due to the lack of care of a doctor or other health worker, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been injured by medical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of starting an injury claim. For example, you can contact Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Roxburghshire, to make a formal complaint against NHS Borders.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses ranging from chemical poisoning to dioxin poisoning.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Slips and trips

Officially recorded statistics demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in 2015. These types of accident are typically the precursor to accidents categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by a falling object, a fall from height or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like bruised backs experienced on pavement cracks are also quite common with pavement trips having happened on Sandbed and on Kenilworth Avenue.

Hawick No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Hawick and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Hawick and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in winning cases, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of injury claims in Hawick?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of results-focussed solicitors that helps claimants in Hawick, Roxburghshire and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in Roxburghshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and accidents in the office.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and expert advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your circumstances

Finding a suitable solicitor for your legal matter is a crucial step towards negotiating the highest settlement or award.

How do you make certain you select the ideal legal practice to handle your case?

Do I need to select a local Hawick legal firm ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is not so relevant as injury cases are normally handled remotely.

However, you should choose a firm that has national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will be expected to go to a medical assessment.

Further reading - Do I have to attend a medical?

What should you consider when checking reviews for solicitors in Hawick?

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the quality of service taken by individual firms.

The disparity in the level of personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements is vast

For instance the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant accepting a settlement of ?9,011 for a moderate thumb injury could vary from ?5,406 to ?7,659.

Further reading How much compensation can you claim?

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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