Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

How Quittance can help

Every year, we help injured people in Burntisland, Fife and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Can I claim?

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 other considerations?

Yes. In reality, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or whether the defendant is uninsured.

A brief phone call will tell you whether you have a valid compensation claim. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Injury 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 calculator

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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Road accident claims in Burntisland

You may be able to make a claim for compensation if you have been injured on Burntisland's roads because of a negligent road user.

No matter if you have been involved in a hit-and-run on Burntisland's roads, or have been hurt in a collision, this guide sets out what you need to do to make a road accident compensation claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Burntisland

If you were injured at work in the last three years and it wasn?t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.

No matter what you do for a living, whether you are a policeman injured in the line of duty or nurse injured in a hospital, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Health and Safety statistics expose the fact that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work as a whole in 2015. Slips and trips are often related to injuries categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by a reversing vehicle or an electrocution accident. Public liability cases for injuries like broken shoulders suffered on potholes are also quite common with incidents having happened on High St.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a consultant or other health professional. If you have been affected by medical negligence, the panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you just want an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial compensation. For example, to make a complaint against NHS Fife, you can write to Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The lasting effect of a serious injury is acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when they are determining injury compensation. Damages should ease the financial burden on an injured person and their family so they can prioritise rehabilitation.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Burntisland 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, Burntisland 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 Burntisland, Fife 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

Free, no obligation advice

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

What experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Burntisland?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide panel of expert personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Burntisland, Fife and throughout the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Fife get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from accidents at work to car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

What should be considered when comparing reviews for solicitors in Burntisland?

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

Are Burntisland claimants restricted to only local personal injury solicitors?

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

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

What are the road accident statistics in Burntisland

Our network of best of breed road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors have a wealth of experience in securing the best awards for people who have sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle crash in Burntisland.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Burntisland are reasonably common with a total of 550 accidents (454 slight accidents, 85 serious accidents and 11 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Fife local authority. In 2014 accidents decreased to 528.

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.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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