A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's nationwide network of lawyers help injured claimants across the UK keep more damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in West Lothian or anywhere in the country, our experienced injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, we can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims should, in most cases, be made within 3 years of an injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must demonstrate 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.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our injury calculator provides a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in West Lothian

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people injured in an accident, from members of the Royal Navy to theatre set designers, to get the compensation they deserve.

Find out more: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in West Lothian

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving vehicles in West Lothian are relatively frequent. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 502 accidents (450 slight accidents, 47 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Lothian local authority area. In 2014 the total had decreased to 414. Incidents in the West Lothian area in 2013 included road traffic collisions on the A899 and A705 slip road and on the B7015 and A705 roundabout.

Our panel of knowledgeable injury solicitors have years of experience in fighting for the best damages for claimants who have been hurt in a car or motorbike accident in West Lothian.

Find out more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other types of claim

West Lothian serious injury compensation claims

The impact serious injury can have will be understood by Courts when they are calculating how much compensation to pay. By relieving the financial pressure a serious injury imposes on an injured claimant and their dependants, compensation helps claimants to concentrate on recovery.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Reported statistics stress the fact that employee slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the initiators of injuries classified under another heading e.g. being hit by moving machinery or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place claims for injuries such as fractured wrists experienced on spillages are also common with street trips having happened in the area.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illness including anything from chemical poisoning to silicosis.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Medical and clinical negligence in West Lothian

When a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you just want a better understanding of events as opposed to financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To raise a complaint against NHS Lothian, for example, you can contact Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation

West Lothian 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 Lothian and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors handle all types of claims in West Lothian and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected for their years of specialist experience and their winning track record.

Meet the team - click here.

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

How much experience do you have of injury claims in West Lothian?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated solicitors that helps injured people in West Lothian and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of claimants across West Lothian seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including workplace accidents and accidents on the road.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

Choosing the best lawyer for you

Identifying the most appropriate law firm for your legal case is the most important step towards negotiating the highest compensation award for your injuries.

With some 45 offices within a 25 radius of West Lothian (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority), how do you make certain you choose the ideal company to represent you?

Do I need to go with a local West Lothian solicitor ?

The location of a solicitors office is not especially relevant as cases can be managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to go with a law firm that offers medical facilities near you as you will have to go to a medical assessment.

More - Will I have to attend a medical?

Personal injury solicitor reviews in West Lothian - Tips for comparing firms

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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