A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Quittance's nationwide panel of lawyers help clients across the country keep more personal injury compensation.

No matter whether you are based in Newton Stewart or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Have I got a injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, Quittance can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Personal injury A claim must usually be made within three years.

In order to win a Newton Stewart personal injury case, your lawyer must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Starting your claim as soon as possible will enable witness statements to be gathered by your solicitor.

How much can I claim?

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator gives a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Newton Stewart

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for self employed and employed injured claimants, from electricians to multimedia specialists, to claim maximum compensation.

For more information: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in Newton Stewart

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Newton Stewart are relatively common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 374 accidents (298 slight accidents, 64 serious accidents and 12 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dumfries and Galloway council area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 395.

Quittance's network of expert solicitors have decades of experience in obtaining optimum compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike crash in Newton Stewart.

For more information: Road accident compensation claim

Other claims we handle

Serious injury

The Courts understand that serious injuries can have a life-changing effect on a claimant.

Compensation will ease the financial burden on a claimant and their family enabling them to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Our panel of specialist law firms have aided people collect compensation for numerous severe conditions and injuries. Injuries categorised as serious and catastrophic include major surgical negligence, brain injuries and bowel cancer.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Medical and clinical negligence in Newton Stewart

Clinical negligence describes when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to claiming compensation. To make a formal complaint against NHS Dumfries & Galloway, for example, you can contact Crichton Hall, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help claimants with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from asbestosis to farmers lung.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation

Slip and trip injuries

Reported data expose the fact that slips and trips are by some margin the most prevalent accident at work. They are sometimes the initiators of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by an object falling from a building, being trapped by something collapsing or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public liability cases for injuries such as broken collarbones experienced on spillages are also quite common with recent falls having occurred on Victoria St and on Main St.

Newton Stewart No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Newton Stewart and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Newton Stewart and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen for their level of experience and their track record in winning claims.

To meet more of our team, click here.

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

Have Quittance solicitors handled many Newton Stewart claims?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of expert solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted 100's of claimants across Dumfries and Galloway get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from public place accidents to accidents in the workplace.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and an expert team, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Choosing the right solicitor for your compensation claim

It can take many months for most minor injury claims to reach a conclusion. Cases involving disputed liability or severe injury can take longer. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, but service levels can vary.

Given the impact your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is an important first step.

Check Newton Stewart solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by lawyers, as with any professional service, can differ.

Online reviews can help build a picture when trying to decide which solicitor to choose.

Read Personal injury solicitors reviews

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for severe wrist injuries causing loss of function of the wrist, for example, ranges from ?38,500 to ?48,400 (based on 2015 market data).

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 you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Newton Stewart?

You do not need to choose a personal injury solicitor near you.

For the majority of claims, 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 medical network.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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