Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we can help.

If someone else was responsible for your accident or injuries, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

We have helped hundreds of people in East Dunbartonshire, Dunbartonshire and across the UK claim compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

If you have been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened.

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, various other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury, the quantum of the claim or whether your claim meets your chosen solicitor's risk assessment criteria.

A short phone consultation will let you know whether you are eligible to make a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Injury Claim Checker.

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

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:

Calculate compensation

East Dunbartonshire road accident claims

Drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians all owe a duty of care to all other road users. If you have been injured as a result of the actions or negligence of another road user, you may be able to start a claim for compensation.

Whether you were injured in a motorbike accident, or were hurt in a car collision, our guide to road accident compensation claims explains what you need to know about how to claim.

Read more:

Road accident compensation claims

East Dunbartonshire work injury claims

If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any other losses or expenses.

Whether you were injured or became ill working as a garage mechanic or a motorcycle courier, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful compensation claim.

Read more:

Claim work accident compensation

East Dunbartonshire medical negligence claims

When a person suffers injury or illness due to a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

See: Clinical negligence claim

East Dunbartonshire public place accidents

Whether your accident happened in a playground or in a supermarket, you could be able to claim.

If you have been injured in an accident in a public place we can help you make an injury claim for financial compensation.

Compensation for serious injuries

Courts understand that serious injuries have a life-changing effect on an injured person and their dependants. By relieving the pressure a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on a claimant and their dependants, injury compensation enables claimants to prioritise their rehabilitation. Our network of expert lawyers have helped people claim compensation for numerous severe conditions and injuries. Injuries and illnesses referred to as serious and catastrophic include asbestosis and cerebral palsy.

For more information: Serious injury compensation claims

East Dunbartonshire No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

East Dunbartonshire injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in East Dunbartonshire, Dunbartonshire and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal 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.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

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 you will have nothing to pay.

Read more:

Making a No Win, No Fee claim

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in East Dunbartonshire and cross the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

What experience do your solicitors have of claims in East Dunbartonshire?

We are a nationwide panel of SRA regulated solicitors that helps people injured in East Dunbartonshire, Dunbartonshire and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Dunbartonshire get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from building site accidents to accidents on public transport.

Local medical appointments, convenient home appointments (if required) and expert advice, make our claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

In most cases, the only aspect that does require a local service 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 network of medical professionals.

Read East Dunbartonshire solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by solicitors vary considerably.

Reviews can certainly be informative if you are deciding which solicitor to sign up with.

Find out more Solicitor reviews

The difference in the level of personal injury fees between different firms is huge.

For example the amount of compensation retained by a claimant accepting a settlement of £8,648 for a fractured index finger can vary from £5,189 to £7,351.

Further reading Compare solicitors

What are the road accident statistics in East Dunbartonshire

The panel of knowledgeable road traffic accident litigators have years of experience in negotiating maximum compensation for claimants who have been injured in a road accident in East Dunbartonshire.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in East Dunbartonshire are relatively common. Government statistics reveal a total of 122 accidents (112 slight accidents, 10 serious accidents and fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Dunbartonshire local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 123.

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 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.

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.

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator