A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Quittance's nationwide panel of lawyers help personal injury claimants across the country retain more of their compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you live in Fife or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury solicitors can manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and a third party was responsible, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with an injury claim.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Eligibility to claim

Injury claims must, in most cases, be made within a 3-year window.

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that matters.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, it must be shown that:

  • 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

The solicitor will discuss these key points and should look at how they apply in your case.

What is my claim worth?

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Fife

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's network of proficient injury lawyers have years of experience in getting maximum awards for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Fife.

Road accidents involving vehicles in Fife are relatively common with statistics showing 11 fatal accidents, 85 serious accidents and 454 slight accidents in 2013 in Fife (Total events were 550 council area. By 2014 total accidents had decreased to 528.

For more information: Road accident compensation

Work accident claims in Fife

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from farm workers to editorial assistants, to claim work accident compensation.

For more information: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other types of claim

Medical and clinical negligence in Fife

When someone is injured or becomes ill due to the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you just want closure instead of starting an injury claim. For example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Fife, you can contact Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

For more information: Medical negligence compensation claims

Fife experts for serious injury claims

Courts understand that a serious injury can have a major impact on an injured claimant and their dependants. Compensation should lessen the financial load on an injured person enabling them to prioritise recovery.

For more information: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness including anything from bladder cancer to benzene poisoning.

For more information: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) data demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most prevalent accident at work as a whole. They are quite often the initiators of accidents categorised as another type of accident such as being struck by a moving object or a harmful substance accident. Public place compensation claims for injuries such as fractured ankles occurring on pavement ice are also quite common with pavement crack trips having happened on Woodside Way and on Huntsman Road.

Fife No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Fife and the whole of the UK.

Read more about No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Fife and including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their professionalism and their track record in winning cases.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

What experience do your solicitors have of winning claims in Fife?

Quittance is a nationwide panel of SRA regulated personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Fife and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of claimants across Fife get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from pedestrian accidents to factory accidents.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, mean that making an injury claim is as convenient and stress-free as possible.


Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

How to find the right injury lawyer

You will be in contact with your solicitor for a long period of time, from months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, however they are not required to monitor many issues of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as quality of service or speed of communication.

Your solicitor should be someone you can rely on throughout the claims process to give practical advice and expert legal guidance.

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

Do I need to select a local injury lawyer ?

Going for a local law firm is not so important as injury cases are typically conducted by phone and email.

You will need to instruct a solicitors practice that provides national medical centres as you will almost always need to go to a medical exam.

See - Will I have to attend a medical?

Fife personal injury solicitor reviews

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

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can be a good place to start when contemplating which lawyer to work with and which considerations are most important to you.

Find out more Personal injury solicitor reviews

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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