Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

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

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Every year, we help hundreds of people in Kirkcaldy, Fife and across the UK claim compensation for:

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.

Are there any exceptions?

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 612 7456. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our 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

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 Kirkcaldy

If you have been injured on Kirkcaldy's roads as the result of another road user's behaviour, you have a right to claim injury compensation.

No matter if you were injured in a cycling accident, or were hurt in a crash on Kirkcaldy's roads, our specialist team are here. This guide explains how to make a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Kirkcaldy

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

Whether you are a security guard injured in the line of duty or a shop worker injured on retail premises, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Injuries in a public place

Health and Safety figures demonstrate that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common accident at work. These types of accident are frequently the cause of injuries attributed to other causes for instance being hit by a falling object, a fall from a height or a harmful substance accident. Public place negligence claims injuries such as broken wrists happening on potholes are also common with recent pavement crack trips having occurred on Pentland Place and on Links St.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to benzene poisoning.

For more information: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

The Quittance team recognise the critical difference a compensation claim makes to the lives of people who have been affected by severe injury.

A claim will lessen the impact of bills other financial issues and reduce stress so an injured claimant and their family enabling them to focus on recovery. Quittance's network of expert law firms engage with insurers and the legal system to ensure people impacted by severe accidents receive the support they need. Injury and illness held by the Courts to be serious include lung cancer, spinal cord damage and major surgical negligence.

For more information: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

Kirkcaldy 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, Kirkcaldy 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 Kirkcaldy, 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

Caring and sensitive support

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

Have the solicitors handled many Kirkcaldy claims?

Quittance is a UK-wide panel of expert personal injury lawyers that helps injured people in Kirkcaldy, Fife and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped 100's of claimants throughout Fife seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car passenger accidents and scaffolding accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, make our claims process as stress-free as possible.

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.

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in Kirkcaldy

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from formal and traditional to sympathetic. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

Compensation is limited to costs you have had to bear as a result of the injury and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for back injuries causing chronic permanent symptoms could vary between £31,350 and £56,375 (based on 2015 market research).

The questions you should ask a solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

Many solicitors operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually does require a local service is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

What are the road accident statistics in Kirkcaldy

Quittance's group of knowledgeable road traffic accident lawyers have a wealth of experience in securing the best awards for anyone hurt in a car accident in Kirkcaldy.

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

Work accident statistics in Kirkcaldy

The most recent 2019

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.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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