A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Quittance's national panel of lawyers help clients across the UK to keep more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

If you live in Scottish Borders or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

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

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

People with certain illnesses or conditions such as mesothelioma may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

For the majority of injury claims, there are three elements to making a successful claim. It needs to be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

A short, no-obligation phone consultation with a Scottish Borders-specialist lawyer can give answers to your questions and useful guidance.

Calculate my compensation

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use claim calculator provides an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Scottish Borders

Worker injured in accident

We have helped people, from construction workers to public librarians, to claim work accident compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Scottish Borders

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of expert injury solicitors have decades of experience in getting maximum general and special damages for anyone who has been injured in a road accident in Scottish Borders.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Scottish Borders are quite common with a total of 335 accidents (255 slight accidents, 76 serious accidents and 4 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Scottish Borders local authority. By 2014 the total had decreased to 295.

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Other claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help with claiming compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from asbestosis to siderosis (welders lung).

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Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially recorded figures expose the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the single most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work. These types of accident are frequently the cause of accidents categorised as another type of accident for instance being struck by a moving object, a crush injury from something overturning or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as broken wrists happening on obstructed footpaths are also quite common with slips having happened on Midlam.

Serious injury

We recognise the vital difference an injury claim can make to people who have been affected by major injury. We work to get maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, including reimbursement for medical treatment and care costs.

Our panel of expert law firms work with the Courts and doctors and health professionals ensuring people affected by major accidents receive legal and medical support. Injuries which are held by the Courts to be serious include deep vein thrombosis, benzene poisoning and spinal cord damage.

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Clinical and medical negligence in Scottish Borders

When someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are just looking for closure instead of claiming compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Borders, for example, you can contact Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Roxburghshire.

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Scottish Borders No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Scottish Borders and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

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

Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle every type of claim in Scottish Borders, from relatively minor claims to life-changing clinical negligence. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims and their professionalism.

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

Has Quittance won many injury claims in Scottish Borders?

We are a nationwide network of SRA regulated solicitors that assists people injured in Scottish Borders and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped hundreds of claimants across Scottish Borders seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including workplace accidents and car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, mean making a claim 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. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your illness or injury?

It can take many months for the majority of claims to reach a settlement. Claims involving serious injury or disputed liability can take longer. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not responsible for many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to trust throughout your claim to provide practical advice and legal guidance.

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

The majority of large firms operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

In most cases, the only aspect that does require a local service 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 medical network.

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

Look into Scottish Borders personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by lawyers can vary to a large extent.

Researching reviews can certainly help build a picture if you are considering which solicitor best serves your needs.

Read Personal injury lawyer reviews

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 very serious thumb injuries, for example, ranges from ?15,840 to ?28,325 (based on 2015 market data).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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