A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Our nationwide panel of personal injury solicitors help clients throughout the UK keep more damages with our fairer success fees.

If you live in St Andrews or anywhere else in the UK, our expert personal injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always set up a medical at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, we can assist you with a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

A claim must usually be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

In the majority of cases, there are three key components to a successful personal injury claim. It must be demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Starting your claim sooner will enable supporting evidence to be collected to strength by your solicitor.

How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use claim calculator provides an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in St Andrews

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted self employed and employed people injured in an accident, from hotel workers to secretaries, to claim compensation from their employer. Injury and illness statistics for the Bristol local authority are listed in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the HSE and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Bristol Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related621
Machinery related injury221515
Exposed to explosion001
Fire related021
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. welding rods)1146
Fall from height674354
Animal related1321
Lifting and carrying274140161
Physical assault583548
Slip, trip, fall same level228176175
Struck against421721
Hit by vehicle191716
Hit by object797772
Trapped under falling object152

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Road traffic accident claims in St Andrews

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of road traffic accident (RTA) legal advisors are experienced in obtaining the highest compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in St Andrews.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in St Andrews are not uncommon. Gov.uk statistics show 12 fatal accidents, 94 serious accidents and 1004 slight accidents in 2013 in Bristol (Total events were 1110 local authority district. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,201. Incidents in St Andrews in 2013 included car crashes on the A38 and A4044 roundabout and on the B4469 and M32 roundabout.

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Government figures show that slips and trips are by far the most common cause of injury in the Bristol workplace in 2015. Slips and trips are frequently lead to accidents categorised as another type of accident e.g. being hit by hand tools in use, a fall from a ladder or an electrical discharge accident. Public place (Bristol local authority) legal claims for injuries such as fractured ankles occurring on obstructed pathways are also quite common with recent slips and trips having happened in the local area.

Serious injury solicitors in St Andrews

We understand the change a successful claim makes to the lives of people whose lives have been impacted by severe injury.

Damages will ease the impact of bills other financial issues and take the pressure off an injured person and their dependants so they can prioritise recovery and rehabilitation.

Our network of expert solicitors communicate with insurance companies and doctors and health professionals to ensure people impacted by major accidents get the legal and medical support they need. Injuries and illnesses considered by the Courts to be serious include brain injuries, birth negligence and poisoning.

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Industrial disease

Injury solicitors can assist with claiming maximum compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that range from respiratory diseases to solvent exposure.

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Medical and clinical negligence in St Andrews

When a person suffers injury or illness due to the carelessness of a registrar, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim compensation for medical negligence. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are only looking for the hospital to explain what happened instead of injury compensation, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact Hayfield House, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against NHS Fife.

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St Andrews No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover St Andrews and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of injury claims in St Andrews, from relatively minor claims to serious motorcycle injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their track record in recovering compensation and their knowledge and expertise.

To 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

What is Quittance's track record of claims in St Andrews?

We are a UK-wide network of specialist solicitors that helps people in St Andrews, Fife and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Fife get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including motorbike accidents and industrial disease.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.


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. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Identifying a suitable lawyer to assist you is your most important step towards achieving the best compensation settlement.

How do you make certain you select the ideal one to represent you?

Will you need to choose a local lawyer ?

The location of a solicitors office is not so critical as injury cases are, as a matter of course, conducted by phone and email.

However, you should choose a solicitors' firm that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will need to go to a medical examination.

Read about - Can I attend a medical centre near me?

Check St Andrews personal injury solicitor reviews

The quality of legal advice offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary enormously.

Reading reviews can be enlightening if you are mulling over which lawyer best serves your needs.

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The contrast in the level of success fees and ATE premiums between different lawyers working on CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreement) is vast

As an example the amount of compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?18,241 for work-related upper limb disorders can range from ?10,945 to ?15,505.

More information How to compare personal injury solicitors

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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