A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's nationwide network of lawyers help claimants throughout the UK keep more of their compensation.

Whether you live in Prestonpans or anywhere else in the UK, our lawyers will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

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Eligibility to claim

Injury claims should usually be made within three years of the date of the injury.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

In the majority of cases, there are three key components to a successful personal injury claim. It must be proven 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.

Starting your claim sooner should enable your lawyer to collect useful supporting evidence.

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How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive will depend on a variety of factors. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Prestonpans

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of professional no win, no fee personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in achieving maximum settlements for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Prestonpans.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Prestonpans are reasonably common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 207 accidents (177 slight accidents, 27 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Lothian local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 243.

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Work accident claims in Prestonpans

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants, from gardeners to photographers, to claim compensation from their employer.

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Other claims

Prestonpans specialists for serious injury compensation

We understand the vital change injury compensation can make to people who have been affected by catastrophic and serious injury. A successful claim will ease the financial load and take the pressure off a claimant and their family enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

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Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from NIHL to welding rod fumes exposure.

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Slips and trips

Reported figures demonstrate that employee slips and trips are by far the most frequent cause of injury in the workplace. They are quite often the precursor to injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by a runaway vehicle or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place claims for injuries such as broken ankles occurring on spillages are also common with slips and trips having happened in the local area.

Clinical negligence in Prestonpans

Clinical negligence is the term used when a person sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. If you have been injured by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you only want a formal account of what went wrong rather than financial damages. You can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, for example, to raise a complaint against NHS Lothian.

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Prestonpans 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 Prestonpans and the whole of the UK.

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

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Prestonpans, from fast track cases to long term industrial disease. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning cases, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor
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What experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Prestonpans?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that helps people in Prestonpans, Lothian and throughout the UK, get compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in Lothian seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from building site accidents to bike accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Compensation for a compensation claim can take months, and even years in the most serious claims, to be paid. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many issues of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, choosing a lawyer that matches your needs is a crucial first step.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Comparing injury solicitors in Prestonpans - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.

Are Prestonpans claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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