Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, we can help you claim compensation.

How Quittance can help

We have helped hundreds of people in Stoneyburn, West Lothian and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Can I claim compensation?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In practice, several other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, including the context of your injury, whether a minor was injured or whether your chosen solicitor believes your claim has a prospect of success.

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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Stoneyburn road accident claims

If you were hurt on Stoneyburn's roads as the result of a negligent driver, you have a right to start a claim for compensation.

Regardless of whether you were hurt in a car accident on Stoneyburn's roads, or have suffered an injury as a pedestrian, this guide sets out what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Stoneyburn

If you were injured at work and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

No matter what you do for a living, whether you injured your back or have been diagnosed with a work-related illness, our work injury claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Accidents in a public place

Officially reported data reveal that employee slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace. Slips, trips and falls are often connected to injuries classified under another heading such as being hit by an object falling from a vehicle, being trapped by something or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place cases for injuries such as broken toes experienced on pavement ice are also quite prevalent with trips having occurred recently.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term used when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You could make a formal complaint if you just want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of starting an injury claim. To raise a complaint against NHS Lothian, for example, you can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

See: Clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

Courts recognise that serious injuries can have a major impact on a claimant and their family.

A claim will ease the financial load on an injured person and their dependants so they can prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of expert law firms have helped claimants recover compensation for numerous catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and medical conditions categorised as serious and catastrophic include deep vein thrombosis, paralysis and bowel cancer.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Stoneyburn 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, Stoneyburn 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 Stoneyburn, West 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

The Quittance Team

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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FAQs

Have you won many injury claims in Stoneyburn?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national panel of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Stoneyburn, West Lothian and across the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Last year, we assisted 100's of injured claimants throughout West Lothian get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents at work and accidents on public transport.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Read Stoneyburn solicitor reviews

The quality of advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, vary enormously.

Reviews can be informative if you are considering which lawyer to instruct.

See Quittance reviews

Do you need to select a local lawyer ?

The location of a firm is not especially important as injury cases are normally handled remotely.

However, you should go with a solicitors practice that offers a national network as you will usually have to go to a medical assessment.

See : Do you have a medical centre near me?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. 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 a moderate pain disorder, for example, ranges from £17,050 to £31,130 (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.

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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.

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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