A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Our national network of lawyers help clients throughout the UK to keep more compensation.

No matter whether you live in Dalbeattie or anywhere else in England or Wales, our personal injury lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our personal injury 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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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions such as asbestosis are frequently still able to claim even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is considered.

Whether claiming for a work-related illness in Dalbeattie or road accident, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It must be shown that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

The lawyer can take you through these points and should explain how they apply to your claim.

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The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of criteria. Our easy to use injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Dalbeattie

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of expert no win, no fee injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in securing the best awards for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Dalbeattie.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Dalbeattie are common. Police reporters reveal that there were 12 fatal accidents, 64 serious accidents and 298 slight accidents in 2013 in Dumfries and Galloway (Total events were 374 council area. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 395.

For more information: No win, no fee road accident claim

Work accident claims in Dalbeattie

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claimants injured at work, from plasterers to curators, to get the compensation they deserve.

For more information: Accident at work claim

Other types of claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Dalbeattie

When a person is injured as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Our expert solicitor panel 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 just want closure as opposed to claiming compensation. For example, you can write to Crichton Hall, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, to make a formal complaint against NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

For more information: Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with securing compensation for industrial injuries ranging from asbestos related disease to asthma caused by flour.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Dalbeattie serious injury compensation

We understand the vital change injury compensation can make to the lives of people who have been affected by serious injury. We work for maximum compensation for severe injuries, which includes claiming for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy.

For more information: Serious injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

Government statistics demonstrate that slips, trips and falls are by far the most frequent accident in the workplace. Slips, trips and falls are frequently the precursor to accidents attributed to other causes for instance being hit by another person or an asphyxiation accident. Public place claims for injuries such as torn ligaments happening on tripping on a street are also common with kerb stone trips having happened on High St.

Dalbeattie 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 Dalbeattie and the whole of the UK.

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

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Dalbeattie and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their winning track record, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

What is your track record of claims in Dalbeattie?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors that assists people injured in Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway and throughout the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Dumfries and Galloway seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from industrial disease to whiplash.

Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that claiming compensation is as 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 solicitor for your claim

Selecting a suitable solicitors' practice to represent you is a critical step towards getting the highest settlement or award for your illness or injuries.

With 9 offices within 25 miles of Dalbeattie, what is the best way to make sure you instruct the most appropriate legal practice to take on your case?

The difference in the level of insurance premiums and success fees between law firms is quite surprising.

For example the amount of financial compensation retained by a successful claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?11,864 for serious thumb injuries can vary from ?7,118 to ?10,084.

Further reading How much compensation can you claim?

Comparing injury solicitors in Dalbeattie - online reviews

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a personal injury solicitor near you.

Usually, the only aspect that needs a local service provider is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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