Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

How can we help

We have helped injured people in Lochgelly, Fife and throughout the UK claim compensation for:

Can I claim compensation?

If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you should be able to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

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

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. There are various other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of accident or whether the defendant is uninsured.

A brief phone call will let you know exactly where you stand. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Injury 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 Lochgelly

Drivers and other road users can start a claim for compensation if they have been hurt on Lochgelly's roads due to another party's carelessness.

Regardless of whether you have been hurt in a collision on Lochgelly's roads, or were involved in a motorbike accident, our road accident compensation guide explains everything you need to know about what to do.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Lochgelly

Have you have had an accident at work and your employer, or another member of staff, was to blame? If so you may be able to claim compensation through their liability insurance.

Whatever your job, whether you had a fall or developed hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), our work accident claim guide shows you how to make a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics stress the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are still the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the workplace. These types of accident are often related to injuries incorrectly attributed to other causes such as being struck by a falling object or a quarry drowning accident. Public liability litigation for injuries such as broken wrists sustained on spillages are also quite prevalent with recent pothole trips having occurred on Lochleven Rd and on Cardenen.

Public place accident claims

Medical negligence

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient is injured as the result of the carelessness of a GP or other medical professional. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you just want a formal account of what went wrong rather than financial damages, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To make a formal complaint against NHS Fife, for example, you can write to Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

More about Clinical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

Courts understand that serious injuries can have a life-altering effect on an affected individual and their dependants. By reducing the financial stress a major injury places on a claimant and their family, an injury claim allows them to concentrate on their rehabilitation. The panel of solicitors work with medical practitioners and the defendant's representatives to make sure people affected by severe accidents get the support they need. Injuries and medical conditions considered to be serious include birth negligence and brain tumours.

More about Catastrophic injury compensation

Other types of claim

Lochgelly 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, Lochgelly 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 Lochgelly, 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

Why choose us for your claim?

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

What is Quittance's track record of winning claims in Lochgelly?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide network of expert solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Lochgelly, Fife and across the UK, get compensation.

In 2017, we assisted 100's of claimants in Fife seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including factory accidents and motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and expert advice, make the claims process as stress-free as possible.

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Are Lochgelly claimants restricted to only local lawyers?

You do not need to pick a law firm near you.

Medicals will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

Lochgelly personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by injury lawyers can vary significantly.

Online reviews can be instructive when contemplating which solicitor to sign up with.

Find out more Personal injury solicitors reviews

What are the road accident statistics in Lochgelly

Our network of professional no win no fee personal injury solicitors are experienced in getting maximum compensation for anyone who has sustained an injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Lochgelly.

More about Road traffic accident claim

What are the Lochgelly work accident statistics?

The most up to date 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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