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

If your life and ability to work has been affected by an injury, we can help.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Every year, we help injured claimants in North Berwick, Lothian and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I make a claim?

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. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident or whether the defendant is uninsured.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Injury 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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North Berwick road accident claims

Road users have the right to claim injury compensation if they are hurt on North Berwick's roads because of another party's actions.

Whether you have suffered an injury in a hit-and-run on North Berwick's roads, or have been hurt in a car collision, we are here to help. Quittance's expert guide explains how to start a road accident compensation claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in North Berwick

You may be eligible to make a work accident claim if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

No matter what you do for a living, whether you are a vet's assistant injured by an animal or a mechanic injured in a garage, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Injuries in a public place

Health and Saftey Executive data indicate that employee slips, trips and falls are by some margin the most prevalent cause of injury at work as a whole. Slips, trips and falls are frequently the cause of injuries filed under a different category such as being hit by a reversing vehicle or a toxic substance accident. Public place claims for injuries such as broken toes experienced on potholes are also quite prevalent with slips and trips having occurred on Main Rd and on High St.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Lawyers can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness ranging from industrial deafness to chronic silicosis.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

The lasting effect serious injury has is understood by Courts and insurance companies when calculating injury compensation.

By relieving the stress a serious injury puts on an injured person and their dependants, a claim enables people to prioritise their recovery and rehabilitation.

The panel of solicitors correspond with medical practitioners, Courts and insurance providers ensuring claimants impacted by severe accidents receive medical and financial support. Injuries considered by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic include eye injuries, poisoning and amputation.

Further information: Serious injury claims

Other types of claim

North Berwick 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, North Berwick 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 North Berwick, 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

We can help

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 winning claims in North Berwick?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of expert personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping claimants in North Berwick, Lothian and across the country, get compensation.

In the last 12 months, we assisted 100's of injured claimants throughout Lothian seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to industrial disease.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and experienced claims specialists, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

North Berwick solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by lawyers, as with any service, can vary a great deal.

Researching online reviews is a great place to start when weighing up which solicitor to pick.

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Will you need a local North Berwick solicitor ?

The location of the law firm is not particularly relevant as cases are usually handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should instruct a firm that offers medical facilities near North Berwick as claimants will have to go to a medical exam.

Read more - Will I have to attend a medical?

The diversity in the amount of personal injury success fees between different lawyers working on Conditional Fee Agreements is an important consideration for claimants.

For example the amount retained by an injured person awarded £31,090 for loss of hearing in one ear might vary from £18,654 to £26,426.

Read more at Compare solicitors

What are the road accident statistics in North Berwick

Road accidents involving all vehicles in North Berwick are not uncommon. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 207 accidents (177 slight accidents, 27 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Lothian local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 243.

Quittance's group of specialist injury solicitors have decades of experience in getting the highest damages for people who have sustained an injury in a road accident in North Berwick.

North Berwick work accident statistics

The most recent 2019

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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