A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Our nationwide network of solicitors help Claimants across the UK retain more damages with our fairer success fees.

No matter whether you live in Dunfermline or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert solicitors will take on your claim and we will always set up a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim for compensation?

Updated: October 14, 2016

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

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like mesothelioma are frequently still able to claim even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what is important in these cases.

Whether a claim is being made for a road accident in Dunfermline or slip or trip, there are three elements to making a successful claim. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Starting your claim as soon as possible will enable supporting evidence to be collected to strength by your lawyer.

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Calculate my compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Dunfermline

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of qualified no win no fee litigators have vast experience in obtaining maximum settlements for people hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Dunfermline.

Accidents involving vehicles in Dunfermline are quite common. 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 area. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 528.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Dunfermline

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from office workers to credit analysts, to claim compensation.

Read more: Work accident compensation

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Other types of claim

Serious injury experts in Dunfermline

We understand the vital difference a successful claim will make to people whose lives have been impacted by severe injury. By reducing the financial pressure a serious injury places on an injured person and their dependants, a claim allows individuals to prioritise their rehabilitation.

Read more: Serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help Claimants with getting compensation for industrial illness that range from noise induced hearing loss to hydrocarbon poisoning.

Read more: Industrial disease claims

Slips, trips and falls

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) figures reveal that slips and trips continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace. They are frequently connected to accidents recorded in a different category such as being struck by moving machinery or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public liability cases for injuries such as bruised backs happening on raised flagstones are also quite common with recent street falls having occurred on St. Andrews St and on Queen Anne Street.

Clinical and medical negligence in Dunfermline

When a person is injured or becomes ill as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you are just looking for the hospital to explain what happened instead of injury compensation. For example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Fife, you can contact Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Read more: Medical negligence claim

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Dunfermline 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 Dunfermline and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Dunfermline, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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
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How much experience do Quittance solicitors have of claims in Dunfermline?

We are a nationwide panel of specialist personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Dunfermline, Fife and throughout the country, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we assisted hundreds of claimants throughout Fife seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to slips and trips at work.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, enables you to focus on your recovery.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

Picking the best lawyer

Selecting the most appropriate injury lawyer to help you is your most important step towards receiving the highest settlement or award for your injuries.

With approximately 46 offices within 25 miles of Dunfermline (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015) - what is the best way to make certain you select the best solicitors' practice to help you?

Read Dunfermline personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by lawyers, as with any professional service, vary enormously.

Online reviews can certainly be a good place to start when weighing up which lawyer to instruct.

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Do you need to select a local Dunfermline injury lawyer ?

The location of the law firm is not particularly important as injury cases are typically handled by phone and email.

You will need to go with a solicitors' firm with national medical coverage as you will almost always be expected to attend a medical exam.

Further reading : Will I have to attend a medical?

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a Claimant's compensation for severe tinnitus, for example, ranges from ?23,980 to ?36,850 (based on 2015 market data).

The key issue to be aware of is 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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