A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Our national panel of solicitors help injured claimants across the country to retain more of their compensation.

Whether you are based in Penicuik or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers can handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last three years and someone else was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can help you make an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like noise-induced deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis, is what starts the three-year time limit in such cases.

To win a personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Answers to your questions and useful guidance can be offered through a free phone consultation with a Penicuik-specialist solicitor.

How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our online calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Penicuik

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of qualified litigators are experienced in negotiating the best settlements for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Penicuik.

Accidents involving all vehicles in Penicuik are common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 228 accidents (197 slight accidents, 26 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Midlothian local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 251.

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Work accident claims in Penicuik

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people hurt in an accident, from construction workers to probation officers, to seek financial compensation.

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Other types of claim

Penicuik solicitors for serious injury compensation

Courts understand that a serious injury will have a significant effect on an affected individual. A successful claim will ease the financial burden and reduce stress so an injured claimant and their family so they can focus on recovery. Our network of law firms work with Courts and insurance companies, helping to ensure people affected by serious accidents and injuries get the legal and medical support they need. Injuries which are considered by the Courts to be serious include mesothelioma and cerebral palsy.

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Slip, trip and fall accidents

HSE statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips are the single most prevalent cause of injury at work. These types of accident are sometimes the initiators of injuries categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by an object falling from a machine or an animal related accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like bruised legs happening on poorly maintained roads are also common with falls having occurred on Lanark Rd West and on John St.

Medical negligence in Penicuik

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP or other health worker. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are only looking for answers rather than injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, for example, to make a complaint against NHS Lothian.

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Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help claimants with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from workplace cancer to PCB exposure.

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Penicuik No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Penicuik and throughout the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle every type of claim in Penicuik, from fast track cases to life-changing injury. Selected for their success rate in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience handling injury claims.

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

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Penicuik?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of results-focussed solicitors that assists people injured in Penicuik, Midlothian and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of people across Midlothian seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including ladder accidents and bike accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, enables you to 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. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for you is critical

Usually a personal injury claim will take some months to reach a conclusion and for serious injury cases, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by all solicitors, but they do not regulate many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, picking an injury lawyer that matches your needs is an important first step.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for vibration white finger affecting causing a change in job, for example, ranges from ?25,575 to ?31,075 (based on 2015 market data).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Comparing Penicuik personal injury solicitors - online reviews

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

Will I need to choose a local Penicuik legal firm ?

The location of a solicitor is not so relevant as injury cases are usually handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to choose a law firm with medical facilities near you as claimants will usually need to attend a medical exam.

Further reading - Do I have to attend a medical?

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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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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