A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors help clients throughout England and Wales retain more injury compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Gretna or anywhere else in the UK, we can will help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Have I got a compensation claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our panel of award-winning solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

People with certain illnesses or conditions like mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis, is what starts the three-year time limit in these situations.

In order to win a Gretna personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Your lawyer will consider how each of these points relates to your claim.

Injury claims calculator

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our online calculator gives an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Gretna

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

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

Find out more: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Gretna

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from hotel workers to facilities managers, to seek financial compensation.

Find out more: Work accident claim

Other claims we handle

Clinical and medical negligence in Gretna

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

Slips, trips and falls

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.

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

Gretna experts for serious injury compensation claims

The Courts understand that serious injuries can have a life-changing effect on an injured person and their dependants. By relieving the financial stress serious injury puts on an injured person and their family, injury compensation helps claimants to focus on their recovery.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury claims

Gretna No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Gretna and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Our nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Gretna and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their winning track record and their years of specialist experience.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Finding the most suitable personal injury lawyer for your legal matter is your most important step towards obtaining the highest compensation settlement for your injuries.

With 32 offices within 25 miles of Gretna (according to the SRA website), how do you ensure you select the most appropriate solicitors' practice to advise you?

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?

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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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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