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

Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, we can help you claim compensation.

How Quittance can help

We have helped injured people in Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I entitled 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 to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. In practice, several other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident, whether a child was injured or whether liability can be proved.

It costs nothing to find out if you have a valid claim. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. You can also 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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Gretna road accident claims

Gretna cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians should be able to claim injury compensation if they are hurt because of another party's negligence.

Whether you have suffered an injury in a hit-and-run on Gretna's roads, or were hurt in a crash, this guide explains what you need to do to make a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Gretna

You may be eligible to make a work accident claim if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

Whatever you do for a living, whether you a civil engineer injured in the field or an estate agent injured on a property viewing, our work injury claim guide shows you how best to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Public place injuries

Health and Saftey Executive figures show that slips and trips are still the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work as a whole in 2015. Slips and trips are often the initiators of accidents attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by another person or a harmful substance accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like sprained wrists sustained on raised flagstones are also quite common with slips having happened in the local area.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone is injured due to the lack of care of a GP or other medical professional. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want closure or answers instead of financial compensation. For example, you can contact Crichton Hall, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, to raise a complaint against NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

Find out more: Clinical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial injuries including anything from dermatitis claims to asthma caused by laboratory animals.

Find out more: Industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

Gretna 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, Gretna 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 Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway 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.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

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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.

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Frequently asked questions

Have you won many injury claims in Gretna?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of award winning personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway and across the country, recover compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Dumfries and Galloway seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including bike accidents and accidents on building sites.

With a success rate of over 90%, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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.

Comparing injury solicitors in Gretna - online reviews

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before picking up the phone, looking up 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. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. 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 serious shoulder injuries could vary between £10,340 and £15,510 (based on 2015 market research).

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?".

Do I need a local Gretna solicitor ?

The location of the firm is not so critical as cases can be managed without the need to meet the solicitor.

However, you should select a law firm that provides national medical coverage as you will be expected to attend a medical examination.

Read about : Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

What are the road accident statistics in Gretna

Road accidents involving vehicles in Gretna are relatively commonplace. Gov.uk statistics show 12 fatal accidents, 64 serious accidents and 298 slight accidents in 2013 in Dumfries and Galloway (Total events were 374 local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 395.

The panel of qualified litigators are experienced in securing the highest settlements for anyone hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Gretna.

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.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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