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

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

How Quittance can help

Every year, we help hundreds of people in Kirkconnel, Dumfries and Galloway and across the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury or where the injury occurred.

It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim. Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online 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 Kirkconnel

You should be able to claim compensation if you were injured in an accident on Kirkconnel's roads due to another road user's carelessness.

Whether you have been involved in a hit-and-run, or have been hurt in a crash on Kirkconnel's roads, this useful guide explains how to make a road accident compensation claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Kirkconnel

If you have been injured or made ill as a result of your employer's actions, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

However your injury occurred, whether you are a policeman injured in the line of duty or nurse injured in a hospital, our work accident claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of injury claim

Accidents in a public place

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics show that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of injury in the workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are often the cause of accidents recorded in another category like being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as sprained wrists sustained on pavement cracks are also common with recent pavement trips having happened on Scott St and on Main St.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can assist with securing compensation for industrial illness that range from workplace cancer to dioxin poisoning.

More about Industrial disease compensation

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

The lasting effect of a serious injury will be acknowledged by the Courts when determining how much compensation to pay. Our network of solicitors fight to get the maximum compensation for serious injury and illness, including claiming for the cost of treatment and physiotherapy.

The panel of specialist law firms work with insurance providers and the legal system ensuring families impacted by major accidents get medical and financial support. Injuries and medical conditions considered to be catastrophic or serious range from brain tumours to bowel cancer.

More about Serious injury compensation

Other types of claim

Kirkconnel 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, Kirkconnel 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 Kirkconnel, 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

How do I start the process?

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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FAQs

How much experience do you have of handling claims in Kirkconnel?

We are a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that helps people injured in Kirkconnel, Dumfries and Galloway and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Dumfries and Galloway get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from motorbike pillion passenger accidents to accidents at work.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and an expert team, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Will I need to instruct a local Kirkconnel solicitor ?

Choosing a nearby law firm is not especially relevant as injury cases can be handled without the need to meet the solicitor.

You will need to select a law firm that offers medical facilities near you as claimants will usually need to attend a medical assessment.

See - Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

What should you look for when comparing Kirkconnel solicitor reviews?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

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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 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.

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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