A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Our nationwide panel of lawyers help claimants throughout the UK keep more compensation with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Leslie or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury solicitors are able to manage your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, we can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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What are the criteria for making a claim?

Compensation claims must be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury in most cases.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as repetitive strain injuries are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date of knowledge, or diagnosis is what is important in such circumstances.

In order to win a Leslie personal injury case, it should be demonstrated 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

A no-obligation phone consultation with a personal injury solicitor can provide answers and advice.

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Find out how much you can claim

The compensation you will be awarded is based on the severity of the injury and any losses or costs you incur. Our easy to use injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

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Work accident claims in Leslie

Worker injured in accident

We have helped claimants, from construction workers to it consultants, to claim injury compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Leslie

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Leslie are relatively common with a total of 550 accidents (454 slight accidents, 85 serious accidents and 11 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Fife local authority district. In 2014 the total had decreased to 528.

Quittance's group of best of breed solicitors have decades of experience in obtaining the highest compensation for people injured in a car accident in Leslie.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical and clinical negligence in Leslie

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you only want a formal account of what went wrong rather than starting an injury claim, you can raise a formal complaint. You can write to Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against NHS Fife.

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Leslie serious injury claims

The Quittance team recognise the critical change a successful claim will make to the lives of people whose lives have been affected by serious injury. Quittance's network of solicitors fight to achieve the maximum compensation for serious injuries. This includes damages for medical and care costs. Quittance's network of expert solicitors for many years have aided people impacted by severe accidents.

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Slip and trip accidents

HSE statistics indicate that employee slips and trips continue to be the most frequent accident at work. These types of accident are often related to accidents classified under another heading for instance being hit by another person or an electrocution accident. Public place negligence claims injuries like sprained ankles happening on pavement cracks are also quite prevalent with slips and trips having occurred on Norman Place and in Glenwood Centre.

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can assist with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illnesses including anything from occupational asthma to asthma caused by colophony.

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Leslie 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 Leslie and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of claims in Leslie and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience.

Meet more of the Quittance team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor
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What experience do Quittance solicitors have of handling claims in Leslie?

We are a UK-wide panel of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists claimants in Leslie, Fife and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of injured claimants throughout Fife seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including accidents in the workplace and car accidents.

With an excellent claims record, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

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Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How to approach choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

You will be liaising with your legal representative for a long period of time, from several months for less serious injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA regulates all solicitors, however the level of service offered by different firms varies.

Considering the effect your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is an important first step.

Do you need to go with a local Leslie legal firm ?

Going for a local solicitors office is less relevant as injury cases are, as a matter of course, run without the need to meet the solicitor.

It is however necessary to choose a law firm that offers national medical coverage as claimants will usually be expected to attend a medical examination.

Further reading - What is the process for attending a medical?

Reviews for personal injury solicitors in Leslie

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For serious hand injuries with full or close to full recovery, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?5,060 to ?10,725 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

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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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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