Making a personal injury compensation claim

If your life or the life of a loved one has been affected by an injury, we can help.

With our no win, no fee guarantee, there is no financial risk in making a compensation claim, even if you don't win your claim.

How did your injury occur?

The steps required to win a personal injury claim will depend on what caused your injury or illness.

Please select how you were injured to find out more:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?

Yes. Practically speaking, a number of factors can impact whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, including the context of your injury, whether a child was injured or whether your chosen solicitor believes your claim has a prospect of success.

We can confirm your eligibility to claim over the phone. Speak to a legally trained expert now on 0800 376 1001. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Claim Checker.

Can I claim if I was injured as a child?

Whether you were injured at school, in a playground or any other circumstance, you can start a claim at any point until your 21st birthday.

If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf, at any time until the child's 18th birthday.

Read more:

Claim child injury compensation

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.

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.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

Calculate my injury compensation

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.

Road accident claims in Kirkcaldy

Road accidents in Kirkcaldy are reasonably common. Government data reveals there were 290 road accidents in Fife in 2021 (205 slight accidents, 83 accidents and 2 fatalities).

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault in Kirkcaldy, or anywhere in England or Wales, you may be entitled to claim compensation. A compensation claim could be possible if you were injured as a:

  • Driver or passenger in a car
  • Rider or pillion on a motorbike
  • Lorry, HGV or van driver or passenger
  • Public transport user (bus or taxi)
  • Cyclist or e-scooter rider
  • Pedestrian

Whether you were injured in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a crash, our specialist team are here. This guide explains how to make a road accident claim.

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Road accident compensation claims

Kirkcaldy work accident claims

In 2021, there were 367 non-fatal work accidents and 1 fatalities in Fife, based on official records.

If you have been injured because of your employer's negligence, you have the right to make a claim.

All employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a care home worker or a vet, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful compensation claim.

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Work accident claims

Kirkcaldy clinical negligence claims

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a person is injured due to the carelessness of a registrar, nurse or other health worker. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against any of the clinics and NHS trusts responsible for Kirkcaldy.

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Clinical negligence compensation claims

Kirkcaldy public place injury claims

There is a legal duty on the owners (occupiers) of premises to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors.

Whether you were hurt on council-maintained land or when travelling on public transport, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

If you've been hurt in an accident in a public area, we can help you.

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Public place accident claims

Serious injury compensation

Compensation claims for particularly severe injuries include head, brain and spinal injuries.

If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.

Our panel of catastrophic injury lawyers will help coordinate with medical professionals and insurance providers to ensure you get the care and financial support you need.

Read more:

Serious and catastrophic injury compensation

Will I need to go into a solicitor's office?

There is no need to visit your solicitor's office in person if you are thinking about making a claim.

On a quick phone call with a friendly advisor, you can explain what happened and find out if you may have a claim. There is no obligation to start a claim.

Whenever you are ready, you can speak to a solicitor. They will address any questions you have, and will take care of each stage of the claims process until you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Kirkcaldy and cross the UK.

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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

Have you helped many Kirkcaldy injury claimants?

We help 100's of injured workers, road users and other claimants in Kirkcaldy and Fife every year.

A specialist solicitor will fight hard to settle your claim and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured in a supermarket or on public transport.

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Kirkcaldy solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, but service levels vary considerably. Online reviews and personal recommendations will help you to find the right solicitor for your claim.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor