A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Quittance's nationwide network of lawyers help clients throughout the UK to keep more of their settlement or damages with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Dumbarton or anywhere in the country, Quittance can help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, we can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

Personal injury claims should usually be made within three years.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your lawyer must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Starting your claim as soon as possible should enable the lawyer to help collate supporting witness statements and other evidence.

Injury claims calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on a number of factors. Our compensation calculator provides a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Dumbarton

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from factory workers to customs and excise officers, to claim work accident compensation.

For more information: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Dumbarton

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Dumbarton are relatively frequent. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 168 accidents (145 slight accidents, 23 serious accidents and fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Dunbartonshire local authority district. By 2014 accidents decreased to 135.

Our panel of qualified road traffic accident solicitors have vast experience in getting the best damages for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car accident in Dumbarton.

For more information: Road traffic accident claim

Other injury claims

Medical negligence in Dumbarton

Medical negligence describes when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP or other health worker's carelessness. If you have been injured by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of claiming compensation. To raise a complaint against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, for example, you can write to West Glasgow Hospital, Dalnair Street, Glasgow.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips are the most frequent cause of injury at work in 2014/15. These types of accident are sometimes connected to injuries categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by material under pressure or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries like sprained arms occurring on obstructed walkways are also quite prevalent with pothole trips having occurred on High St and on Alclutha Avenue.

Dumbarton lawyers for serious injury claims

Quittance recognise the difference a compensation claim makes to the lives of seriously injured claimants. Our network of solicitors fight hard for maximum compensation for serious and catastrophic injury and illness. This includes reimbursement for physiotherapy and treatment. Quittance's network of expert solicitors communicate with doctors and health professionals and insurance companies to ensure families impacted by serious accidents receive the support they need.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Lawyers can assist with getting compensation for industrial injuries including anything from noise induced hearing loss to asthma caused by grain.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Dumbarton No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Dumbarton and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Dumbarton and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning cases, QLS's solicitors have years of experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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 claims in Dumbarton?

We are a nationwide network of expert personal injury lawyers that helps people in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire and across the UK, get compensation.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of people throughout Dunbartonshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents due to poor road conditions to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

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.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in the most serious claims, to be agreed. The SRA are tasked with regulating strictly legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not responsible for many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust at every step of the process to give expert legal guidance and practical advice.

Read Dumbarton solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice offered by solicitors, as with any service, can vary significantly.

Reading reviews can certainly be helpful when mulling over which solicitor to choose and which considerations are most important to you.

Find out more Personal injury solicitors reviews

Does the location of the personal injury solicitor matter?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, 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 should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam 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.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for moderate complex regional pain syndrome, for example, ranges from ?22,660 to ?42,460 (based on 2015 market data).

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?".

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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