A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Our nationwide network of solicitors help claimants across the country retain more personal injury compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Duns or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury lawyers are able to handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Compensation claims must be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in the majority of cases.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it should be demonstrated that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Your lawyer will discuss these key issues and should explain how they apply to your claim.

Compensation Calculator

The compensation you will be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Duns

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Duns are relatively common. Official statistics show 4 fatal accidents, 76 serious accidents and 255 slight accidents in 2013 in Scottish Borders (Total events were 335 council area. By 2014 accidents decreased to 295.

Our panel of no win no fee lawyers have years of experience in achieving optimum compensation for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorbike accident in Duns.

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Work accident claims in Duns

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from construction workers to doctors, to claim work accident compensation.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Serious injury

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.

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Industrial disease

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

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Slip, trip and fall 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.

Medical and clinical negligence in Duns

When a patient suffers injury or illness due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

You can raise a formal complaint if you just want a better understanding of events as opposed to starting an injury claim. For example, to raise a complaint against NHS Borders, you can contact Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Roxburghshire.

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Duns 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 Duns and the whole of the UK.

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Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Duns and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

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

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.

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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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