A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors help claimants throughout the UK to retain more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Innerleithen or anywhere else in the UK, our expert lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions like noise-induced deafness are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

The solicitor can take you through each of these key issues and will look at how they apply in your case.

Compensation calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of factors. Our online claim calculator gives an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Work accident claims in Innerleithen

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from construction workers to holiday representatives, to claim maximum compensation.

See: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Innerleithen

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Innerleithen are quite common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 4 fatal accidents, 76 serious accidents and 255 slight accidents in 2013 in Scottish Borders (Total events were 335 local authority area. By 2014 the total had decreased to 295.

Quittance's group of no win no fee solicitors have vast experience in getting the best compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike crash in Innerleithen.

See: Road accident compensation

Other claims handled by Quittance

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help claimants with claiming compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from dermatitis claims to acute silicosis.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slip and trip accidents

Government figures demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the single most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work. Slips and trips are typically lead to injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being struck by a moving object or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place legal claims for injuries such as fractured wrists occurring on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with recent pavement trips having occurred on Galashiels Rd.

Serious injury

Courts recognise that serious injuries have a significant effect on an individual.

A claim should lessen the financial burden on an injured claimant so they can prioritise recovery. Quittance's network of solicitors have aided claimants claim damages for a wide range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious include lead poisoning, neck injuries and serious pharmaceutical error.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Clinical negligence in Innerleithen

Medical negligence describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance 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 instead of a compensation award. For example, you can contact Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Roxburghshire, to make a formal complaint against NHS Borders.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

Innerleithen No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Innerleithen and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The national network of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Innerleithen, from fast track whiplash cases to life-changing clinical negligence. Our solicitors are chosen for their track record in recovering compensation and their years of specialist experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor

What is your track record of handling claims in Innerleithen?

We are a UK-wide panel of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists people in Innerleithen, Scottish Borders and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of claimants across Scottish Borders get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents on building sites and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Instructing the most suitable personal injury lawyer to act for you is the most important step towards getting the highest compensation settlement for your injuries.

With 43 offices within 25 miles of Innerleithen - what is the best way to make certain you instruct the best one to pursue compensation for you?

Do I need to instruct a local lawyer ?

Going for a local firm is not especially critical as injury cases are usually run without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should select a solicitors' firm with medical facilities near you as claimants will usually be expected to go to a medical examination.

More details : Do you have a medical centre near me?

Check Innerleithen solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews can be a good place to start when deciding which solicitor to select.

Read more Quittance reviews

The variation in success fees charged by lawyers is a material consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant awarded ?24,110 for a moderate pain disorder might vary from ?14,466 to ?20,494.

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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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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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