Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If your life has been affected by illness or injury, Quittance Legal Services are here to help.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Every year, we help injured claimants in Whitburn, West Lothian and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

If you have been injured or made ill in an accident that was not your fault, the law entitles you to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • 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 reality, several other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, including the accident circumstances, when the date of knowledge was or whether causation can be established.

Why not speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. 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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Road accident claims in Whitburn

You have the right to claim compensation if you were hurt on Whitburn's roads due to another road user's behaviour.

No matter if you were involved in a cycling accident, or have been hurt in a car accident, our specialist team can help. The Quittance guide to road accident claims sets out what you need to know about the compensation process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Whitburn

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any other losses or expenses.

No matter what your job is - whether you are a builder injured on a building site or a cleaner hurt in an office, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Accidents in a public place

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics reveal that slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in 2015. These types of accident are frequently related to accidents categorised as something else such as being struck by a moving object, when supporting another person or an asphyxiation accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like broken ankles happening on raised flagstones are also common with pothole trips having occurred recently.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Clinical negligence is the term for when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You can raise a formal complaint if you only want a formal account of what went wrong instead of a compensation award. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Lothian, for example, you can contact Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

For more information: Clinical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

We recognise the vital change a compensation claim makes to seriously injured claimants. By limiting the financial stress a serious injury places on an injured claimant and their dependants, a successful claim helps claimants to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

For more information: Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Whitburn 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, Whitburn 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 Whitburn, 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

Our 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

What experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Whitburn?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of results-focussed solicitors dedicated to helping people in Whitburn, West Lothian and throughout the UK, get compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people across West Lothian seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including bike accidents and ladder accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make our claims process 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. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Are Whitburn claimants restricted to only local law firms?

Many solicitors operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam 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.

Comparing Whitburn personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the quality of service taken by individual firms.

The contrast in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums charged by law firms is considerable.

As an example the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant accepting a settlement of £21,108 for bronchitis might vary from £12,665 to £17,942.

Further reading How to compare personal injury solicitors

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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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