Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If your life has been affected by illness or injury, Quittance Legal Services are here to help.

How we can help you

We have helped injured people in Loanhead, Midlothian and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Do I have a personal injury claim?

The main criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In practice, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the type of illness or injury, the quantum of the claim or whether there is sufficient evidence to support your claim.

A short phone consultation will let you know exactly where you stand. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant Claim Checker:

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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.

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
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

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:

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Road accident claims in Loanhead

If you are hurt in an accident on Loanhead's roads due to another road user's actions, you have the right to start a claim for compensation.

Whether you have been hurt in a car accident on Loanhead's roads, or have suffered an injury in a cycling accident, Quittance's useful guide explains how to start a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Loanhead

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

However your injury occurred, whether you had a crash or inhaled toxic fumes, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Public place accidents

Government statistics underscore the fact that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most prevalent cause of injury at work as a whole in 2014/15. These types of accident are often the precursor to accidents recorded in another category, such as being hit by a runaway vehicle, being trapped by something or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like broken wrists suffered on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with pothole trips having happened on Meadow Place and on Main St.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a person is injured as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong rather than starting an injury claim, you could make a formal complaint. To make a formal complaint against NHS Lothian, for example, you can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

More about Clinical negligence compensation claim

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from asbestosis to asthma caused by colophony.

More about Industrial disease compensation claim

Industrial disease claims

Loanhead 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, Loanhead 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 Loanhead, Midlothian 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.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Friendly and professional advice

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

What experience does Quittance have of handling claims in Loanhead?

We are a national network of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in Loanhead, Midlothian and throughout the UK, get compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Midlothian seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents on building sites to car accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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.

What should be considered when checking Loanhead solicitor reviews?

Speaking to a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach taken by individual firms.

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

Many injury lawyers operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

What are the road accident statistics in Loanhead

Quittance's network of qualified solicitors have decades of experience in getting the best general and special damages for anyone hurt in a road accident in Loanhead.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Loanhead are common with 5 fatal accidents, 26 serious accidents and 197 slight accidents in 2013 in Midlothian (Total events were 228 local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 251.

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.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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*

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**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

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.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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.

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