A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Our national network of solicitors help injury claimants throughout England and Wales to retain more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

If you are based in Polbeth or anywhere in the country, our experienced injury solicitors can manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a compensation 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 asbestosis are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

The solicitor should look at how your claim relates to these issues.

How much compensation could I get?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Polbeth

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of expert no win, no fee injury solicitors have vast experience in obtaining maximum damages for claimants who have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Polbeth.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Polbeth are relatively frequent with statistics showing a total of 502 accidents (450 slight accidents, 47 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Lothian council area. In 2014 the total had decreased to 414.

Further information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Polbeth

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from office workers to political party research officers, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries.

Further information: Work accident compensation

Other injury claims

Clinical negligence in Polbeth

When a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are just looking for a deeper understanding of what happened instead of starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. To raise a complaint against NHS Lothian, for example, you can contact Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Further information: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses ranging from NIHL to Vibration White Finger.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Polbeth serious injury claims

The long-term effect serious injury has will be recognised by the Courts when they are determining a claim.

A successful claim should lessen the financial burden on an injured person and their family enabling them to prioritise recovery.

Further information: Serious injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive statistics underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are by some margin the most frequent accident at work as a whole in 2015. These types of accident are quite often the forerunner to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes for instance being struck by moving machinery or an animal related accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like bruised backs suffered on obstructed pathways are also quite common with recent pavement trips having occurred recently.

Polbeth No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Polbeth and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Polbeth and have a wealth of experience in short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

Have you handled many Polbeth claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of specialist personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Polbeth, West Lothian and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of injured claimants throughout West Lothian seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents at work and car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.


Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to handle your claim

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not responsible for many factors that matter to claimants, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your lawyer should be someone you are able to rely on throughout your claim to provide both compassionate practical advice and expert legal guidance.

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 serious hand injuries with full or close to full recovery, for example, ranges from ?5,060 to ?10,725 (based on 2015 market data).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Will you need to go with a local solicitor ?

Choosing a nearby law firm is not especially relevant as injury cases are, as a matter of course, handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should choose a solicitors practice with national medical coverage as claimants will usually need to go to a medical examination.

More - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

What should you consider when comparing reviews for solicitors in Polbeth?

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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