A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's nationwide panel of lawyers help claimants across the UK to retain more of their settlement or damages.

Whether you live in Stranraer or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced injury lawyers will handle your claim and we will always set up a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

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

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Key criteria

Injury claims should usually be made within three years of the date of the injury.

In order to win a Stranraer personal injury case, it must be shown that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

In all cases, a free phone consultation with a specialist lawyer will give answers and invaluable guidance.

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Injury claims calculator

The personal injury compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors. Our injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Stranraer

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of professional injury lawyers have vast experience in achieving the highest general and special damages for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorbike crash in Stranraer.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Stranraer are relatively common with statistics showing a total of 374 accidents (298 slight accidents, 64 serious accidents and 12 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dumfries and Galloway local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 395.

Further information: Road traffic accident claims

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Work accident claims in Stranraer

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from kitchen workers to secondary school teachers, to claim injury compensation.

Further information: Work accident compensation claim

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Other injury claims

Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial injuries that range from mesothelioma to silicosis.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation claim

Serious injury experts acting in Stranraer

We understand the vital change a compensation claim can make to people affected by major injury.

By reducing the financial pressure a serious or catastrophic injury places on a claimant and their family, injury compensation enables claimants to concentrate on their rehabilitation.

Our network of expert law firms engage with medical experts and insurance providers to ensure families affected by severe accidents receive the support they need. Injuries and illnesses which are held to be serious and catastrophic include brain tumours, bowel cancer and deep vein thrombosis.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slips, trips and falls

HSE data highlight the fact that employee slips and trips are, by some degree, the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work. Slips and trips are often lead to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being hit by a reversing vehicle or a river drowning accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as strained muscles suffered on tripping on a street are also quite prevalent with incidents having occurred recently.

Medical and clinical negligence in Stranraer

When a patient suffers injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you are only looking for closure instead of financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. For example, you can write to Crichton Hall, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

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Stranraer 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 Stranraer and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet our team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Stranraer, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their track record in recovering compensation, our lawyers have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor
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How much experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Stranraer?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of results-focussed solicitors that assists people in Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

Last year, we have assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Dumfries and Galloway get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to injuries sustained from a fall at work.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, make the claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.

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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

How do you select the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your illness or injury?

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from months for minor and moderate injury to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Your legal representative should be someone you can trust throughout your claim to offer legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

As with many professional services, you do not need to instruct a solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For chest injuries, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?10,175 to ?14,520 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

Comparing Stranraer personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to strictly professional. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels taken by individual 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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