A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Quittance's national panel of solicitors help claimants throughout the UK to keep more damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Longniddry or anywhere in the country, our experienced solicitors are able to take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what is important in such cases.

In most cases, there are three key components to proving a claim. It needs to be demonstrated that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

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

Injury claims calculator

The level of compensation you will be awarded depends on a number of criteria. Our online compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Longniddry

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of proficient road traffic accident (RTA) solicitors have decades of experience in negotiating maximum compensation for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Longniddry.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Longniddry are common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 207 accidents (177 slight accidents, 27 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Lothian council area. In 2014 the total had increased to 243.

See: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Longniddry

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from warehouse assistants to medical representatives, to claim injury compensation.

See: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other claims we handle

Industrial disease

Lawyers can assist with getting compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to benzene poisoning.

See: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury

The lasting effect a serious or catastrophic injury can have is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when they are working out how much compensation to pay. By relieving the stress catastrophic and serious injury puts on an injured claimant and their dependants, a successful claim enables them to prioritise their recovery.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips and trips

Official statistics emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are still the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace in 2014/15. They are often connected to injuries classified under another heading e.g. being hit by moving machinery or a drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like broken wrists experienced on poorly maintained roads are also common with kerb stone trips having happened on Links Rd and on High St.

Medical and clinical negligence in Longniddry

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you only want a deeper understanding of what happened instead of starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, you can contact Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, to make a complaint against NHS Lothian.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Longniddry 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 Longniddry and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Our nationwide network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Longniddry and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their track record in winning cases and their level of specialist experience.

Meet the team - click here.

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

Has Quittance handled many Longniddry claims?

We are a UK-wide network of expert solicitors dedicated to helping people in Longniddry, Lothian and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Lothian get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents in the workplace.

With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, 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.

What to check when finding the best injury lawyer

You will be liaising with your lawyer for a long period of time, from months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Your lawyer should be someone you can trust throughout your claim to offer expert legal guidance and practical advice.

Will I need a local lawyer ?

The location of the lawyers office is not very important as cases can be managed by phone and email.

It is however necessary to select a law firm that has a national network as claimants will usually be expected to go to a medical assessment.

Read more - Do you have a local medical centre?

The contrast in the amount of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different law firms can have a significant impact on your compensation.

E.g. the amount retained by a successful claimant awarded ?21,090 for bronchitis could conceivably vary from ?12,654 to ?17,927.

See How much can you claim?

Reviews for lawyers in Longniddry

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

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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