A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Our national network of injury lawyers help claimants throughout the UK retain more damages with our fairer success fees.

If you live in Dumfries or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, Quittance can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what is important in such cases.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must demonstrate:

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

Compensation calculator

The personal injury compensation you will receive depends on a number of criteria. Our online injury calculator gives a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Dumfries

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from forklift drivers to economists, to claim work accident compensation.

For more information: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Dumfries

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of expert no win no fee injury solicitors have decades of experience in negotiating the highest settlements for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike crash in Dumfries.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Dumfries are relatively commonplace. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 374 accidents (298 slight accidents, 64 serious accidents and 12 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dumfries and Galloway council area. By 2014 the total had increased to 395. Accidents in the Dumfries region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the A76 and A75 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A780 and A781 junction.

For more information: Road accident claims

Other claims

Clinical negligence in Dumfries

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for closure or answers instead of a compensation award. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Dumfries & Galloway, you can contact Crichton Hall, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway.

For more information: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Dumfries serious injury compensation claims

The effect of a serious injury is recognised by insurers and the Courts when determining compensation. We fight to get compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries. This includes compensation for medical and care costs.

Quittance's panel of specialist serious injury solicitors have aided people recover compensation for a range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injuries and medical conditions categorised as catastrophic or serious include head injuries and lead poisoning.

For more information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slips, trips and falls

Officially recorded figures underline the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of injury in the workplace. These types of accident are typically the initiators of accidents filed under a different category e.g. being hit by a falling object, a lifting injury or a toxic substance accident. Public place claims for injuries such as sprained ankles experienced on potholes are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having occurred on Longloch Drive and on Auchencrieff Rd.

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help claimants with claiming compensation for industrial illnesses that range from bladder cancer to emphysema.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Dumfries 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 Dumfries and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Dumfries and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

What experience do you have of winning claims in Dumfries?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide panel of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people in Dumfries and Galloway get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from factory accidents to car passenger accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (where necessary) and specialist advice, mean making a claim is as stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Finding the right injury lawyer

In many cases a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion. In severe injuries, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are tasked with regulating the legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not responsible for many issues of interest to claimants, such as communication or speed.

Your legal representative should be someone you can rely on at every step of the process to give specialist legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For a severe pain disorder, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?34,100 to ?50,930 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

As with many professional services, you do not need to select a lawyer near you.

For the majority of claims, the only aspect that should be carried out locally 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.

What should you look for when comparing reviews for solicitors in Dumfries?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

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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