Making a personal injury compensation claim

Our personal injury experts are here to help.

Making a no win, no fee claim could help you get the compensation you need for an injury or illness that wasn't your fault.

What caused your injury?

Your specialist injury solicitor will follow a specific process, depending on what caused your injury or illness.

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Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you are legally entitled to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

Yes. In practice, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or the quantum of the claim.

It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible to claim. Speak to an expert now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury Claim Checker.

Do I have longer to claim if injured as a child?

If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If you were injured when you were under 18 years old, you have until your 21st birthday to make claim.

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Child injury compensation claims

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

Calculate my 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.

Stirling road accident claims

Vehicle accidents in Stirling are relatively common. Government data reveals there were 96 road accidents in Stirling in 2021 (53 slight accidents, 38 accidents and 5 fatalities). Incidents in the Stirling region in 2013 included collisions on the dual carriageway of the A872 and B8051 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A905 and A9 roundabout.

If you've been injured in a road traffic accident in Stirling, or anywhere else in the UK, we understand the pain and suffering you may be going through. If your injuries were caused by another driver, cyclist, pedestrian or any other road user, you may be entitled to claim no win, no fee compensation.

Whether you have been hurt in a crash, or sustained an injury as a pedestrian, we're here to help. Our useful guide explains what you need to do to start a road accident claim.

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Claim road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Stirling

In Stirling, there were 94 non-fatal work accidents and 0 fatalities in 2021, based on Health and Safety Executive (HSE) records.

If you have suffered an injury because of your employer's actions, you may be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whether you were injured while working as a personal trainer or a warehouse worker, our work accident claim guide sets out everything you need to know about making a successful no win, no fee claim.

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Work accident compensation claims

Clinical negligence claims in Stirling

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care. We can help you make a claim against any of the private clinics and NHS trusts covering Stirling, including NHS Forth Valley (Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Stirling Road, Larbert, Falkirk).

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

Public place accidents claims in Stirling

Claims for injuries that occur on property or land owned by somebody else are called occupiers' liability claims.

Whether you were hurt when travelling on public transport or at a public swimming pool, you may be entitled to claim.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident in public, we can help.

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Public place accident claims

Compensation claims for serious injuries

Catastrophic injuries usually lead to long-term health issues, ongoing medical treatments, disability or reduced life-expectancy. These injuries include brain or spinal injuries, and can also include other injuries and chronic conditions.

Personal injury solicitors understand the importance of focussing on treatment and recovery. Your solicitor will take care of the legal process and will coordinate with medical professionals and insurance companies at every stage of the claim.

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Serious injury compensation claims

Will I need to go into a solicitor's office?

When making a personal injury claim, you won't need to attend your solicitor's office at any stage.

Before you start your claim, you can speak to a trained injury claims advisor about your options.

If you decide to make a compensation claim, your solicitor will take you through the process over the phone. You will be able to speak to your solicitor at any stage and you wlll receive regular updates.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Stirling and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

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FAQs

Have you helped many Stirling injury claimants?

We help 100's of injured workers, road users and other claimants in Stirling and Stirlingshire every year.

A specialist solicitor will fight hard to settle your claim and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured as a result of a missed diagnosis or due to a manager's negligence.

Can I get 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 you will never be out of pocket.

Stirling personal injury solicitor reviews

The SRA regulate the professional standards of all injury solicitors. Despite this, service levels do vary from firm to firm.

Personal recommendations and online reviews can help you decide which solicitor is the right fit for you.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator