A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's national network of solicitors help claimants across the UK keep more of their personal injury settlement with our fairer success fees.

If you live in West Calder or anywhere in the country, our lawyers can assist 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 a third party was at fault, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Eligibility to claim

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these situations.

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

Your lawyer will discuss each of these key points and will look at how they apply in your case.

Calculate your compensation

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in West Calder

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of expert solicitors have years of experience in getting maximum compensation for claimants injured in a car or motorbike crash in West Calder.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in West Calder are not uncommon. Official statistics reveal 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.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in West Calder

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for self employed or employed people, from metal workers to technical authors, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries.

Find out more: Work accident claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical negligence in West Calder

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

You can raise a formal complaint if you just want a deeper understanding of what happened rather than financial damages. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Lothian, for example, you can contact Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

HSE statistics demonstrate that employee slips and trips are, by some degree, the most common accident at work in 2015. Slips, trips and falls are often forerunner to injuries categorised as another type of accident like being struck by a falling object or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place cases for injuries such as broken shoulders experienced on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with slips having happened in the area.

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with getting compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that include anything from dermatitis claims to rubber industry health and safety lapses.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury experts in West Calder

The lasting effect a serious or catastrophic injury has is recognised by Courts and insurance companies when they are determining what a claim is worth. By limiting the stress serious injury imposes on a claimant and their dependants, a compensation claim enables individuals to focus on recovery. Quittance's panel of specialist law firms work with doctors and health professionals, the legal system and insurance providers ensuring claimants affected by severe accidents get the support they need. Injuries and illnesses which are considered to be serious and catastrophic range from serious psychiatric harm to bowel cancer.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

West Calder 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 West Calder and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet our team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in West Calder, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their winning track record and their specialist knowledge.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

What experience do Quittance solicitors have of claims in West Calder?

Quittance is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in West Calder, West Lothian and throughout the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of people across West Lothian seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents in the office and car accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and an expert team, mean that claiming compensation is as easy and stress-free 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.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your injury

Selecting the most appropriate personal injury lawyer to represent you is the most important step towards securing the most compensation.

With approximately 45 offices within a 25 radius of West Calder, how do you ensure you select the most appropriate one to pursue compensation for you?

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for serious shoulder injuries could vary between ?10,340 and ?15,510 (based on 2015 market research).

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?".

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in West Calder

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Will you need to select a local West Calder lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the lawyers office is not important as cases are handled by phone and email.

You will need to select a law firm that offers medical facilities near you as you will usually have to go to a medical assessment.

Read about : Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

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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