A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our national panel of solicitors help clients throughout the UK to keep more of their personal injury settlement.

If you are based in Livingston or anywhere else in the UK, our expert personal injury lawyers will take on your claim and we will set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

Updated: October 8, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, our expert solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Personal injury claims should be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in the majority of cases.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three elements to proving a claim. It must be demonstrated 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

A short, no-obligation phone call with a specialist solicitor can give answers to your questions and useful guidance.

Compensation calculator

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is based on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could win.

Road traffic accident claims in Livingston

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Livingston are common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show 5 fatal accidents, 47 serious accidents and 450 slight accidents in 2013 in West Lothian (Total events were 502 local authority. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 414. Accidents in Livingston in 2013 included car crashes on the A89 and A899 roundabout and on the A899 and M8 roundabout.

Quittance's network of specialist no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in achieving maximum general and special damages for people who have been injured in a car or motorbike accident in Livingston.

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Work accident claims in Livingston

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people injured in an accident, from lathe operators to information scientists, to claim maximum compensation.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Livingston solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

The lasting effect a serious injury can have is acknowledged by Courts and insurance companies when working out how much compensation to pay. We fight for maximum compensation for serious injury and illness, including damages for long-term medical treatment and care costs. Our panel of solicitor firms have for many years helped families impacted by major accidents.

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Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial injuries ranging from radiation exposure to chronic silicosis.

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Slip and trip injuries

Reported statistics show that slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of injury at work in 2015. They are sometimes the forerunner to accidents categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by an object falling from a ladder or a quarry drowning accident. Public place negligence claims injuries such as broken wrists occurring on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with kerb stone trips having occurred on Village Lane and on Main St.

Medical negligence in Livingston

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of injury compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. You can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Lothian.

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Livingston 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 Livingston and across the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Livingston, from whiplash cases to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are chosen for their track record in winning claims and their level of specialist experience.

Meet more of the Quittance team: click here.

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

Have you won many injury claims in Livingston?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that assists people injured in Livingston, West Lothian and across the country, get compensation.

Last year, we helped 100's of injured claimants across West Lothian seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including scaffolding accidents and pedestrian accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from many months for minor and moderate injury to over a year for matters involving serious injury. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, but the quality of service does vary.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to rely on throughout your claim to offer compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Livingston solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by solicitors can vary.

Researching reviews can certainly be informative if you are weighing up which solicitor to sign up with.

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Do you need to select a local legal firm ?

The location of the solicitors office is less relevant as injury cases are, as a matter of course, conducted remotely.

You will need to go with a company that provides medical facilities near you as you will almost always need to go to a medical examination.

More : Do you have a local medical centre?

The disparity in personal injury insurance premiums and success fees between different firms is huge.

For example the amount retained by a successful Claimant accepting a settlement of ?26,589 for significant hip or pelvis injuries without serious permanent damage might vary from ?15,953 to ?22,601.

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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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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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