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.

Our personal injury services

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

Will I be able to make a claim?

You should be able to make a compensation claim if you suffered an illness or injury:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In practice, a number of factors can impact whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the specific details of the accident, the quantum of the claim or whether liability can be proved.

We can confirm your eligibility to claim over the phone. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal 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 Cowdenbeath

Drivers, pedestrians and riders have the right to start a claim for compensation if they are injured on Cowdenbeath's roads due to another party's negligence.

Whether you have suffered an injury in a cycling accident, or were a passenger in a car accident, our expert team are here. The Quittance useful guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Cowdenbeath

If you have been injured as a result of your employer's negligence, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

However your injury occurred, whether you have been hit by a falling object or inhaled toxic fumes, our guide to work accident claims covers everything you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Officially reported figures emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of injury at work as a whole in 2014/15. These types of accident are quite often the cause of accidents recorded in another category, such as being hit by an object falling from a building or an exposure to fire accident. Public place claims for injuries like broken shoulders experienced on raised flagstones are also common with recent pothole trips having occurred on Main St and on High Street.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence describes when a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, we can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

If you just want a formal account of what went wrong instead of injury compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. For example, you can contact Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife, to raise a complaint against NHS Fife.

See: Clinical negligence compensation claim

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The long-term impact a serious or catastrophic injury can have will be understood by the Courts when calculating injury compensation. A successful claim will ease the financial burden on a claimant enabling them to prioritise recovery.

Our network of law firms have for many years helped people impacted by serious accidents and injuries. Injuries and illnesses which are considered by the Courts to be catastrophic or serious include deep vein thrombosis, lead poisoning and brain injuries.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Cowdenbeath 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, Cowdenbeath 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 Cowdenbeath, 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

We can help

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

How much experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Cowdenbeath?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Cowdenbeath, Fife and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of people across Fife get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from pedestrian accidents to industrial disease.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can 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. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Cowdenbeath personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by lawyers, as with any service, can differ.

Online reviews can certainly be helpful when weighing up which solicitor to choose.

Read more Personal injury lawyer reviews

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

In general, the only aspect that should be carried out locally 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 network of medical professionals.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for serious hand injuries with full or close to full recovery could vary between £5,060 and £10,725 (based on 2015 market research).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

What are the road accident statistics in Cowdenbeath

Accidents involving all vehicles in Cowdenbeath are relatively frequent. Government statistics reveal 11 fatal accidents, 85 serious accidents and 454 slight accidents in 2013 in Fife (Total events were 550 local authority district. In 2014 accidents decreased to 528.

Quittance's group of accredited no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in securing the best compensation for people who have been injured in a road accident in Cowdenbeath.

What are the Cowdenbeath 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.

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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