A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Quittance's national network of solicitors help injury claimants throughout the UK keep more compensation.

Whether you live in Cowdenbeath or anywhere else in the UK, our injury solicitors are able to assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like mesothelioma are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. The date that you learn of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such cases.

To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:

  • 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

Find out how much you can claim

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our online calculator provides an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Cowdenbeath

Cars involved in a road accident

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.

See: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Cowdenbeath

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people injured in an accident, from soldiers to clinical molecular geneticists, to claim compensation from their employer.

See: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

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.

Medical negligence in Cowdenbeath

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

Cowdenbeath serious injury claims

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

Cowdenbeath No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Cowdenbeath and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Cowdenbeath and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their specialist knowledge.

Click here to meet more of the team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor

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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Compensation for a claim for compensation can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be settled. The SRA regulate legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors of interest to claimants, such as speed or level of service.

Your solicitor should be someone you are able to rely on at every step of the process to give legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

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.

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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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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