Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

How Quittance can help

We have helped hundreds of people in Dalgety Bay, Fife and across the UK claim compensation for:

Can I make a claim?

If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you are legally entitled to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. Practically speaking, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or where the injury occurred.

A short phone call will tell you exactly where you stand. 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 Dalgety Bay

Dalgety Bay road users are entitled to claim injury compensation if they have been hurt as the result of another party's carelessness.

Regardless of whether you sustained an injury in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a car collision, Quittance's guide explains what you need to do to make a road accident injury claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Dalgety Bay

You may be entitled to claim work accident compensation if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

No matter what your employment status, whether you have been injured by heavy machinery on a farm or a mechanic injured in a garage, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Injuries in a public place

Official statistics show that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent cause of injury in the workplace. Slips, trips and falls are typically the cause of injuries filed under a different category like being hit by an object falling from a machine or a drowning accident. Public place cases for injuries like sprained wrists sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite common with kerb stone trips having happened on Regents Way and on High St.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

When a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

If you are only looking for a detailed explanation of what happened instead of injury compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to make a complaint against NHS Fife, you can contact Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Read more: Clinical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The long-term impact serious and catastrophic injury can have is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when working out how much compensation to pay.

A claim will ease the financial burden and take the pressure off an injured claimant so they can prioritise recovery. Quittance's network of solicitor firms have aided people collect compensation for a range of chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries referred to as catastrophic or serious include lung cancer and neck injuries.

Read more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Other types of claim

Dalgety Bay 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, Dalgety Bay 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 Dalgety Bay, 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

Experienced personal injury lawyers

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 is your track record of handling claims in Dalgety Bay?

Quittance Legal Services is a UK-wide network of results-focussed solicitors that helps people injured in Dalgety Bay, Fife and throughout the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of people throughout Fife seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including workplace accidents and car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, means you can focus on your recovery.

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.

Read Dalgety Bay personal injury solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by solicitors can differ considerably.

Researching online reviews can be instructive if you are deciding which solicitor to go with.

Read : Solicitor reviews

Do I need a local legal firm ?

Choosing a nearby solicitors office is not especially important as cases now tend to be handled by phone and email.

You will need to select a company that has national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will usually have to go to an independent medical examination.

The disparity in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums charged by solicitors is significant.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a claimant awarded £9,004 for a moderate thumb injury can range from £5,402 to £7,653.

Additional reading How to compare personal injury fees

What are the road accident statistics in Dalgety Bay

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Dalgety Bay are relatively common. Officially reported accident data shows 11 fatal accidents, 85 serious accidents and 454 slight accidents in 2013 in Fife (Total events were 550 local authority area. In 2014 accidents decreased to 528.

Quittance's panel of trained injury lawyers are experienced in obtaining the best damages for people who have been injured in a road accident in Dalgety Bay.

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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