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

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

How we can help

We have helped hundreds of people in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway and across the UK get compensation for:

Can I make a claim?

If you have been injured or made ill in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able 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 other points to consider?

Yes. In practice, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or whether there was a criminal incident.

We can verify whether you have a valid claim over the phone. Speak to a legally trained expert 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 calculator

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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Castle Douglas road accident claims

You are entitled to claim injury compensation if you were injured in an accident on Castle Douglas's roads because of the carelessness of another road user.

Whether you were involved in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a crash on the motorway, the Quittance guide to road accident compensation explains what you need to know about the compensation process.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Castle Douglas

If you have suffered an injury because of your employer's actions or negligence, you have the right to make a claim.

Whether you are a policeman injured in the line of duty or a teacher injured at school, our work accident claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place accidents

Officially recorded statistics demonstrate that slips and trips are the most common cause of injury in the workplace. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the cause of accidents recorded in another category, such as being hit by material under pressure, when supporting another person or a toxic substance accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries like broken wrists happening on obstructed footpaths are also common with recent slips and trips having occurred on Main Street and on King St.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when a patient sustains an injury or illness due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you only want closure or answers as opposed to injury compensation. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Dumfries & Galloway, you can write to Crichton Hall, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway.

For more information: Medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

Quittance's team recognise the critical change injury compensation can make to the lives of people who have been impacted by serious injury. We fight for maximum compensation for major injuries and chronic conditions, including compensation for medical expenses and care costs.

For more information: Serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Castle Douglas 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, Castle Douglas 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 Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway 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

Should I choose Quittance?

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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Frequently asked questions

What is Quittance's track record of handling claims in Castle Douglas?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of expert personal injury solicitors that helps claimants in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway and throughout the country, get compensation.

The solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Dumfries and Galloway get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from factory accidents to pedestrian accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Castle Douglas personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by injury lawyers, as with any service, vary enormously.

Online reviews can certainly be revealing when deciding which solicitor to sign up with.

Find out more Personal injury solicitor reviews

Will I need a local lawyer ?

The location of a solicitors office is not so relevant as cases are handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to instruct a solicitors' firm with a national network as you will usually be expected to attend a medical assessment.

The diversity in the amount of success fees and ATE premiums charged by firms often surprises claimants.

E.g. the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant agreeing on a settlement of £55,200 for severe complex regional pain syndrome can vary from £33,120 to £46,920.

Read more at How to compare personal injury fees

What are the road accident statistics in Castle Douglas

Quittance's panel of lawyers have vast experience in negotiating the highest compensation for people who have been injured in a car or motorcycle crash in Castle Douglas.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Castle Douglas are common. Official statistics reveal a total of 374 accidents (298 slight accidents, 64 serious accidents and 12 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dumfries and Galloway local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 395.

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.

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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