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

If you were injured or became sick due to someone else's actions, you may be able to claim compensation.

How we can help

Each year, we help injured people in St Andrews, Fife and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

The key criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • in the last three years (limitation) and
  • was caused by another party (causation) and
  • that party owed you a duty of care (liability).

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. There are numerous other factors that can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or when the date of knowledge was.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. 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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St Andrews road accident claims

You have a right to claim compensation if you are hurt on St Andrews's roads due to another driver's carelessness.

Whether you have been hurt in a car collision, or were involved in a motorcycle accident on St Andrews's roads, this road accident compensation guide sets out everything you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in St Andrews

Have you suffered an injury at work and your employer or another member of staff was to blame? If so you may be able to claim compensation through your employer's liability insurance.

No matter what you do for a living, whether you a site foreman hurt on site or a paramedic injured in the line of duty, our work accident claim guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Accidents in a public place

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.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

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

Read more about No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

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.

Read more about No win, no fee serious injury claims

Other types of claim

St Andrews 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, St Andrews 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 St Andrews, 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

Speak to an expert

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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FAQs

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.

The 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.

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.

Read more Solicitor reviews

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

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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.

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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