A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Our nationwide panel of lawyers help clients across the UK to keep more personal injury compensation with our fairer success fees.

No matter whether you live in Kincardine or anywhere in the UK, our expert personal injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and someone else was at fault, our expert solicitors can help you make a compensation 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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Key criteria

People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as hand-arm vibration syndrome may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is important.

For most claims, proving an injury claim has three key elements. It must be shown on the balance of probabilities 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.

The lawyer will discuss these issues and should explain how they apply to your claim.

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The injury compensation you are likely to receive is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Kincardine

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for people, from warehouse assistants to learning disability nurses, to claim compensation from their employer.

Find out more: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Kincardine

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of specialist road traffic accident injury solicitors are experienced in negotiating maximum awards for anyone hurt in a road accident in Kincardine.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Kincardine are common. Government statistics reveal a total of 550 accidents (454 slight accidents, 85 serious accidents and 11 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Fife council area. In 2014 the total had decreased to 528.

Find out more: Road accident claims

Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially reported statistics stress the fact that slips and trips are by far the most common cause of injury in the workplace. These types of accident are quite often the cause of injuries categorised as something else e.g. being hit by material under pressure or a fire related accident. Public liability legal claims for injuries like strained muscles experienced on tripping on a street are also common with falls having happened on Keith Street and on Elphinstone Street.

Kincardine solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

Quittance recognise the critical change injury compensation makes to the lives of people impacted by severe injury. By reducing the pressure a major injury imposes on an injured claimant and their family, a compensation claim helps individuals to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's panel of solicitor firms have for many years helped people impacted by serious accidents and injuries.

Find out more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help claimants with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness that range from workplace cancer to MEK poisoning.

Find out more: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Kincardine

Clinical negligence is the term used when someone is injured due to a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for a better understanding of events instead of injury compensation. For example, to make a complaint against NHS Fife, you can contact Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Find out more: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Kincardine 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 Kincardine and throughout the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Kincardine and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected on the basis of their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of handling claims in Kincardine?

Quittance Legal Services is a national network of results-focussed solicitors dedicated to helping claimants in Kincardine, Fife and across the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

We have helped 100's of claimants in Fife seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents on building sites to pedestrian accidents.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.

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.

Help for those searching for a solicitor

Selecting a suitable solicitor for your legal case is a key step towards successfully claiming the best compensation settlement for your accident.

With 46 offices within 25 miles of Kincardine (according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority database) - what is the best way to make sure you choose the ideal firm to help you?

What should be considered when checking reviews for solicitors in Kincardine?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to more casual and friendly. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The diversity in the amount of success fees and insurance premiums between different law firms is an important consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person awarded ?7,255 for injuries from inhaling toxic fumes or smoke could vary from ?4,353 to ?6,166.

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Will you need to instruct a local legal firm ?

The location of the solicitor is not especially relevant as injury cases are usually conducted by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to go with a solicitors practice that has national medical coverage as claimants will usually have to attend a medical exam.

Further reading - Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

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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