A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Our nationwide panel of solicitors help injury claimants across the UK keep more of their compensation.

No matter whether you are based in Cupar or anywhere in the country, our personal injury solicitors are able to take on your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims for compensation should be made within a 3-year window, starting from the date the injury occurred in the majority of cases.

For most claims, a successful compensation claim has three key elements. It needs to be proven that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

How much can I claim?

The total compensation you are likely to get is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Cupar

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of qualified road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors are experienced in obtaining maximum damages for claimants injured in a car or motorbike accident in Cupar.

Accidents involving vehicles in Cupar are not uncommon. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 550 accidents (454 slight accidents, 85 serious accidents and 11 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Fife local authority district. In 2014 the total had decreased to 528.

See: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Cupar

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from forklift drivers to dentists, to secure financial compensation settlements.

See: Work accident compensation

Other claims we handle

Clinical negligence in Cupar

When a person is injured as the result of a GP or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for closure rather than financial damages. For example, to raise a complaint against NHS Fife, you can contact Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

See: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Government statistics emphasise the fact that slips and trips are, by some degree, the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work. Slips, trips and falls are often the initiators of accidents recorded in another category like being hit by a reversing vehicle or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place legal claims for injuries such as broken wrists suffered on raised kerb stones are also common with recent incidents having occurred on Main St and on Crossgate.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness including anything from mesothelioma to asthma caused by enzymes.

See: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury specialists in Cupar

We recognise the vital change a successful claim makes to the lives of people affected by catastrophic and serious injury. Our panel of lawyers fight to achieve maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, including claiming for the cost of ongoing treatment and care. Our network of lawyers have aided families recover compensation for numerous chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries referred to as serious include spinal cord damage and birth negligence.

See: Catastrophic injury claims

Cupar No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Cupar and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Cupar, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are selected on the basis of their years of specialist experience and their track record in recovering compensation.

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 Cupar?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Cupar, Fife and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of claimants in Fife seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from industrial disease to car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as convenient and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.


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

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

What issues to think about when selecting the best personal injury lawyer

Choosing a suitable PI lawyer to help you is your most important step towards getting the best compensation award.

How can you ensure you choose the ideal one to take on your case?

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Your solicitor's experience can impact the level of damages negotiated. Find out more here.

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 a serious back injury, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?59,950 to ?71,500 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Will I have to choose a solicitor near me?

The majority of large firms operate nationwide, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network 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 should you consider when checking reviews for solicitors in Cupar?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from formal and traditional to sympathetic. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach offered by different 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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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