Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

How Quittance can help

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim compensation?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or date of injury diagnosis) happened:

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

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. There are various other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or the location of the injury.

It costs nothing to find out if you are entitled to compensation. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online 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

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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Newton Stewart road accident claims

Newton Stewart drivers and other road users have a right to make a claim for compensation if they are hurt as the result of someone else's negligence.

Regardless of whether you were hurt in a collision on the motorway, or have been involved in a hit-and-run on Newton Stewart's roads, our specialist team can help. The Quittance road accident compensation claim guide explains what you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Newton Stewart

Have you suffered an injury at work and your employer, or another member of staff, was responsible? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

Whatever your job - whether you are a scaffolder injured on a building site or a solicitor injured in the office, our work injury claim guide shows you how best to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

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

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

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. The 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

Other types of claim

Newton Stewart 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, Newton Stewart 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 Newton Stewart, 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

Why choose us for your claim?

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 the 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.

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.

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.

What are the road accident statistics in Newton Stewart

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.

What are the Newton Stewart work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019

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.

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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