A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Our national panel of injury lawyers help claimants throughout England and Wales to retain more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Kirkconnel or anywhere else in the UK, our expert lawyers will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims for personal injury compensation must, in the majority of cases, be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as RSI are frequently still able to claim even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is important.

To win a Kirkconnel personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

A short, no-obligation phone call with an expert Kirkconnel solicitor can give answers and invaluable guidance.

How much can I claim?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Kirkconnel

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claims for claimants, from members of the army to lecturers, to claim maximum compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Kirkconnel

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of professional personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in fighting for optimum awards for claimants hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Kirkconnel.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Kirkconnel are not uncommon. Gov.uk statistics show 12 fatal accidents, 64 serious accidents and 298 slight accidents in 2013 in Dumfries and Galloway (Total events were 374 council area. In 2014 accidents increased to 395.

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Other claims

Kirkconnel lawyers for serious injury claims

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.

Our 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.

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Slips, trips and falls

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.

Industrial disease

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

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Medical and clinical negligence in Kirkconnel

Medical negligence is the term for when a person sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other health worker's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you just want a better understanding of events rather than claiming compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. You can contact Crichton Hall, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

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Kirkconnel 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 Kirkconnel and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Kirkconnel, from short-term injury cases to serious road injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their professionalism and their success rate in winning claims.

Meet the team - click here.

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

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.

Picking the best personal injury lawyer for you

Compensation for a compensation claim can take months, and even years in cases of serious injury, to be agreed. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by solicitors, however they are not responsible for many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to trust at every step of the process to offer compassionate practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

The disparity in the level of insurance premiums and success fees between different solicitors is surprising.

For instance the amount retained by a claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?36,762 for serious hand injuries can range from ?22,057 to ?31,248.

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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.

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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