Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you've been injured in an accident, we can help you to claim compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

How Quittance can help

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Mid Calder, West Lothian and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In reality, several other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or the location of the injury.

Talk to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, 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 Mid Calder

Mid Calder road users have the right to claim injury compensation if they are hurt because of another party's negligence.

Whether you have been hurt in a collision, or have been involved in a hit-and-run, Quittance's guide to road accident compensation claims explains everything you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Mid Calder

If you were injured at work and someone else was to blame, you should be able to claim compensation.

Whatever your job, whether you a site foreman hurt on site or a teacher injured at school, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data emphasise the fact that slips and trips are the single most common accident in the workplace. Slips and trips are quite often the cause of accidents attributed to other causes for instance being hit by an object falling from a machine, being trapped by something or an electrocution accident. Public place cases for injuries such as fractured vertebrae sustained on pavement cracks are also common with street trips having happened on Main St.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a patient is injured due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want closure or answers rather than claiming compensation, you could make a formal complaint. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Lothian, for example, you can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

See: Clinical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from NIHL to asthma caused by laboratory animals.

See: Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

Mid Calder 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, Mid Calder 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 Mid Calder, West Lothian 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

Your questions answered

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

Have you handled many Mid Calder claims?

Quittance is a national network of expert personal injury lawyers that helps people in Mid Calder, West Lothian and throughout the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of claimants in West Lothian get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to accidents on building sites.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, means you can focus on your recovery.

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 won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Read Mid Calder personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary significantly.

Researching reviews is a great place to start when attempting to decide which solicitor best serves your needs.

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Do you need a local injury lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitor is not very critical as injury cases are usually conducted by phone, post and email.

However, you should choose a company that has medical facilities near you as you will usually have to attend a medical assessment.

Read more - Do you have a medical centre near me?

What are the road accident statistics in Mid Calder

Our network of accredited road traffic accident solicitors have vast experience in getting maximum compensation for people injured in a road accident in Mid Calder.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Mid Calder are relatively frequent. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 502 accidents (450 slight accidents, 47 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Lothian local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 414. Incidents in the Mid Calder region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the A899 and A705 slip road and on the A71 and A899 roundabout.

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.

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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