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

Regardless of how you were injured by someone else's negligence, we are here to help you recover compensation.

How can we help

Every year, we help hundreds of people in Duns, Berwickshire and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Can I claim compensation?

The main criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • 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 other points to consider?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or whether a minor was injured.

A short phone call will tell you exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal 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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Road accident claims in Duns

You are entitled to make a claim for compensation if you have been involved in an accident and hurt on Duns's roads due to a careless driver.

It does not matter whether you were involved in a hit-and-run on Duns's roads, or were hurt in a car accident, our guide to road accident claims sets out what you need to know about starting a claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Duns

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

Whatever you do for a living, whether you are a chef injured in a kitchen or a teacher injured at school, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Public place accidents

Officially reported data reveal that employee slips and trips are the most frequent accident at work as a whole. These types of accident are often connected to accidents attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by an object falling from a machine or a harmful substance accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as fractured wrists experienced on obstructed walkways are also quite common with pothole trips having occurred on the Square and on Gavinton.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with claiming compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from occupational asthma to asthma caused by flour.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

The long-term impact a serious injury can have will be acknowledged by Courts when they are working out what a claim is worth. By limiting the stress catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured claimant, a claim allows people to focus on their recovery. Our network of specialist solicitors have for many years aided families impacted by severe accidents. Injuries and medical conditions which are held by the Courts to be serious include multiple fractures and chronic pain.

Read more: Serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Duns 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, Duns 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 Duns, Berwickshire 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 fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

How do I start a claim?

Our specialist solicitors have 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 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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FAQs

How much experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Duns?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a national network of SRA regulated solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Duns, Berwickshire and throughout the country, get compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Berwickshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including car accidents and part-time worker injuries.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and specialist advice, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

The importance of choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your circumstances

It can take many months for the majority of claims to have a settlement negotiated. Injury claims involving disputed liability or severe injury can take years in some circumstances. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, choosing a lawyer that meets your needs is vital.

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in Duns

Talking to a solicitor about your case is an easy way to identify whether they are a good fit. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for emphysema could vary between ?44,275 and ?56,650 (based on 2015 market research).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Do you need to select a local Duns legal firm ?

The location of the lawyers office is not particularly relevant as cases are normally managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to choose a law firm that offers national medical coverage as you will almost always be expected to attend a medical assessment.

Read about : Can I attend a medical centre near me?

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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 Quittance’s 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.

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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