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.
What sort of injuries can I claim for?
We have helped injured people in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire and throughout the UK get compensation for:
Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?
If you were injured 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:
- in the last three years (limitation) and
- was caused by another party (causation) and
- that party owed you a duty of care (liability).
Are there any exceptions?
Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, including the type of illness or injury, the quantum of the claim or whether causation can be established.
We can give you a clearer answer over the phone. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker:
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 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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my 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:
Dumbarton road accident claims
Drivers are entitled to claim injury compensation if they are injured on Dumbarton's roads as the result of another party's negligence.
It does not matter whether you have been hurt in a car collision, or were injured as a pedestrian, we are here to help. The Quittance guide explains what you need to do to make a road accident claim.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in Dumbarton
Have you have had an accident at work and your employer was negligent? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.
Whatever your job is, whether you broke a bone or have been exposed to toxic chemicals, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful work accident claim.Work accident claims
Other types of claim
Public place accidents
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.
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
More claim types
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
Dumbarton 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, Dumbarton 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 Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire 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.
Starting a claim
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.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
if you can claim
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Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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?".
What are the road accident statistics in Dumbarton
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.
The 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.
Work accident statistics in Dumbarton
The most recent 2019
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.
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.
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*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
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.
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.
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.