Have you suffered an injury as a result of an accident caused by somebody else? Are you considering claiming compensation for the injury? Are you looking for accident claims solicitors covering Dunfermline to help you make your claim? If so, this guide should prove useful and provide lots of helpful accident claims advice.
Whilst we’re not based in Dunfermline, our panel of accident claims solicitors are happy to help you make a claim for accidents that have happened there. If you’d like to talk to us today about starting a claim, please call 0800 073 8801 and let one of our specialists assess your claim.
To find out more before you call, please continue reading about how an accident claim solicitor could make claiming easier.
Choose A Section
- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Dunfermline?
- Accident At Work Injury Compensation
- Statistics For Injuries At Work In Fife
- Dunfermline Road Traffic Accident Injury Compensation
- Trip And Fall Injury Compensation
- Criminal Injuries Compensation
- Injuries Caused By Public Accidents
- Medical Malpractice And Negligence
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Dunfermline
- Contact Accident Claims UK
- Claimants FAQs – Answered
- Dunfermline Accident Victim Resources
What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Dunfermline?
A personal injury solicitor is somebody who specialises in making compensation claims when an injury is caused by somebody else’s negligence. There are many different types of claim that can be made including transport accident claims (including train accidents, bus accidents or even a helicopter accident), an accident at work claim or making a medical negligence claim.
The main things that need to be proven in successful claims are the extent of your injuries, that the defendant owed you a duty of care and the fact that they caused the accident through some form of negligence.
You do need to consider the accident claims time limit when contacting a solicitor. It’s currently 3 years from the date of your accident or from when you found out about your injuries. However, there are exceptions to this rule, please contact one of our legal advisors to discuss your circumstances today.
Accident At Work Injury Compensation
No matter what size of company you work for, your employer owes you a duty of care to ensure you are safe while at work. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the onus on employers to try and remove as many risks from the workplace as possible. If you suffer an injury at work because of any of the following, you could be eligible for compensation:
- You or another member of staff weren’t trained properly.
- Protective equipment or clothing wasn’t available.
- A known fault to a piece of equipment wasn’t fixed.
- Equipment or machinery wasn’t properly maintained.
Where an accident does occur, you should report it to a supervisor so that it’s recorded in the accident report book. Employers aren’t allowed to discipline you for making a claim and will have insurance to cover such claims. Therefore, don’t be put off from claiming the compensation you could be entitled to.
Statistics For Injuries At Work In Fife
The data in the table below has been taken from this Health and Safety Executive report. It shows accidents at work in Fife (including Dunfermline) that occurred between 2013/14 and 2017/2018 including fatal accidents.
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Dunfermline Road Traffic Accident Injury Compensation
You might be entitled to compensation if you’re injured as a result of a road traffic accident if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence. That could include another driver, a pedestrian, a cyclist, a taxi driver or a motorcyclist.
One of the main things to do at the time of a road traffic accident is to photograph the scene of the accident before any vehicles are moved. Dashcam footage can also be very useful evidence in these types of accident, so check if the other vehicles were fitted with these devices.
You should also seek medical attention where needed, get the other driver’s details including insurance details and ask any witnesses for their details. Claims might require a police reference number so you should report the accident online or via 101 in non-emergency cases.
Trip And Fall Injury Compensation
You may be able to claim compensation if you’re injured following a fall that was caused by the negligence of others. This might be the local authority, an individual or business as these accidents can happen just about anywhere.
Some reasons why a claim might be possible include:
- If you tripped on a raised paving slab on a public highway.
- Where a wet floor caused you to slip because there were no warning signs.
- If you tripped on a doormat at the entrance to a building because it has curled over.
- Where you fell over a trip hazard which wasn’t visible due to poor or damaged lighting.
In any of these cases, if you’ve suffered an injury and want to seek compensation, we’d recommend photographing the cause of the accident. Please call to discuss whether you’ll be able to claim or not.
Criminal Injuries Compensation
The criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA) is a government body set up to compensate those injured as a result of a criminal act against them. The scheme has different rules, eligibility criteria and time limits to a normal personal injury claim but does allow for claims to be made where they might not be possible otherwise. You could even make a claim for injuries caused by a criminal who was never identified.
Claims can be made for physical, sexual or mental abuse caused by the crime, loss of income, other associated costs and also funeral expenses in extreme cases.
Injuries Caused By Public Accidents
To make a personal injury claim, you do need to know who was responsible. This can be tricky when the accident happens in a public place if it’s difficult to identify the owner of the land or building. Another problem that can occur is if the owner blames the tenant and the tenant blames the owner.
Luckily, our panel of accident claims solicitors understand the law around these types of claims and could help you identify who was liable and if you could claim against them. Please get in touch to discuss how we could help you seek compensation for any injuries you’ve suffered.
Medical Malpractice And Negligence
Making a medical negligence claim might seem like quite a daunting task, but it can be made easier if you have an expert solicitor on your side. Very often these cases will require complex evident to support them so having legal support is vital.
Claims can be made against GPs, nurses, dentists, surgeons, care workers, beauty technicians, anaesthetists, midwives, hospital staff or paediatricians where they’ve treated you negligently leading to an illness, injury or if they made an existing condition worse.
Any medical professional should always follow the recommended procedure, explain any risks to you, use the right equipment and maintain hygiene standards throughout your treatment. Failure to do so which leads to you suffering adverse health consequences could mean that you are eligible for a compensation claim.
Claims can either be made against the professional themselves, the NHS or the private company they work for. It could be for negligence during medical treatment as well as cosmetic procedures from skin treatment through to surgical procedures.
No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Dunfermline
If the cost of making accident claims in Dunfermline is putting you off from claiming, then don’t worry. Our accident claims solicitors all work on a no win no fee basis.
This means, if you proceed to use them, you’ll sign what’s known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA). This document is the contract between the solicitor and you that states there’s no fee to pay if they fail to win your claim.
The success fee is deducted automatically so you don’t need to find the funds to pay your solicitor. This, and the fact you don’t need to pay anything upfront, dramatically reduced the financial risk of claiming and means it will be a lot less stressful for you.
Contact Accident Claims UK
If you’re ready to begin your claim, you can call us on 0800 073 8801 right away. If you prefer, you could speak with us via our live chat facility that’s available 7 days a week.
Claimants FAQs – Answered
Usually, when a new client contacts us, they have a lot of questions about the claims process. To save time when you call, we’ve answered some of the most common questions below.
Could I Claim Compensation For My Accident?
To be eligible to begin a claim, a personal injury solicitor will want to demonstrate the following:
- That the defendant owed you a duty of care;
- Which they breached causing an accident to happen; and
- You were injured or made ill as a direct result of such negligence.
If you’re unsure whether you were owed a duty of care, you could check by calling one of our specialist advisors. We offer a free initial assessment and offer accident claims advice to answer any queries you might have.
When your assessment has been completed, if we believe you’ve got a good chance of winning your claim, we could introduce you to one of our panel of accident claims of solicitors.
To discuss whether you could make a compensation claim, please call our friendly advisors today.
Should I Claim With A Local Law Firm?
When you begin your personal injury claim, you are able to choose accident claims solicitors covering Dunfermline as well as those based there. This is because many accident claims solicitors are happy to manage a claim by using emails and telephone calls.
This could mean you’ve got a greater choice of solicitors to choose from and you might find the process easier as there’s no need for face to face meetings.
What Are Medical Examinations?
When making your accident claim, it’s vital that the personal injury lawyer can demonstrate the injuries you sustained. They will often use medical records obtained from a GP or hospital if you visited one. To compliment these records, an independent medical assessment will also need to be conducted.
An impartial doctor will be used to assess your injuries, to see what impact they caused and if they’ll affect you in the future. The report produced by the doctor will be provided to your solicitor who will provide it as evidence of your injuries when they submit to the defendant.
Could I Be Examined By A Local Doctor?
We know that you won’t want to travel too far to undergo a medical assessment. That’s why we’ve got a panel of doctors and medical specialists across the UK. Here are some in the Dunfermline area that we could use:
Mark Innes Burgin
Edinburgh Osteopathic Surgery,
187 Dalkeith Road,
Edinburgh, ED16 5DS.
Dunfermline Accident Victim Resources
Thanks for taking the time to read this guide about accident claims solicitors covering Dunfermline. We have listed some more useful guides and resources below which may help you further.
Road Fault Reporting – The Fife council web page used for reporting road defects such as potholes.
Dunfermline Sheriffs Court – Information on the local court including opening hours and contact details.
Whiplash Injuries – Guidance on whiplash injuries from Scotland’s national health information service.
Trip and Fall Claims – Find out when you could claim for a trip injury following an accident in Dunfermline, Fife.
Road Traffic Accident Claims – Information on you could claim for anything from a serious road accident to a minor collision.
Workplace Accidents – This guide explains when you could claim for accident at work injury compensation.
Article by BH.
Edited by CK.