By Olivia Gilmore. Last updated 7th September 2021. You may have suffered from a back injury at work because your employer didn’t train you in how to lift correctly. You might have been injured in a road accident because of a speeding driver. Or you have suffered an illness you would never have contracted if it hadn’t been for medical negligence. Alternatively, you could have had a simple slip or fall, resulting in an injury, that was caused by a spillage that should have been cleaned up in a supermarket. These are just a few examples of accidents that could lead to accident claims in Kirkcaldy. But how to make a claim for compensation for an accident at work that was not your fault, medical malpractice, or for an undue slip, trip or fall?
What you may notice from each one of these examples is that someone else is to blame, and our panel of accident claims solicitors covering Kirkcaldy could assist you with claiming compensation for whatever injuries you’ve encountered through no fault of your own.
Within the sections on this guide, you’ll find all sorts of useful information on making a claim for compensation. Alternatively, if you think you’re ready to claim, then call us on 0800 073 8801.
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- What Is An Accident Claims Solicitor Covering Kirkcaldy?
- Make An Accident At Work Claim
- Fife Work Injury Statistics
- Road Accident And Collision Claims
- Trip And Fall Compensation
- Criminal Injuries Compensation
- Accidents And Injuries In Public Places
- Clinical Malpractice And Medical Negligence
- No Win No Fee Accident Claims Solicitors Covering Kirkcaldy
- How To Contact Our Team
- FAQs About Accident And Injury Claims
- Kirkcaldy And Fife Area Resources
Whether you feel like you know a little or a lot about making an accident claim, having an experienced solicitor on your side to make a claim for compensation could well be invaluable. Accident claims solicitors train for years to become qualified in the legal industry and they will bring this training and experience in cases similar to yours to push for the maximum compensation that you could be entitled to.
But how could you find the most appropriate legal expert to help you to make a claim for accident compensation? In the guide below, we take you through how Accident Claims could help, by connecting you to our panel of solicitors, offering free advice to those that are unsure whether they have a claim, and offering information on the accident claims time limit, how to tell if you have a case and some useful resources for further reading. Firstly, though, let’s take a look at some common incidents that could lead to accident claims in Kirkcaldy.
Do you work on a construction site? In a library? In an office or a shop? Wherever you go to work and whatever job you do, your employer is duty-bound to protect your health and safety while you are working for them. Of course, sometimes accidents could happen, and this is no one’s fault. However, if a foreseeable risk was ignored by your employer and you were injured because of this negligence by your employer, then you could go ahead and look for accident claims solicitors covering Kirkcaldy to assist with making a claim for compensation. Some examples of what could lead to accident claims in Kirkcaldy could include your employer doing the following:
- Failing to provide you with ear defenders when they were needed and you suffered industrial deafness.
- Appointed insufficient guards to machinery and you were caught in them, suffering a crush injury.
- Insufficiently fit flooring and you tripped and fell, injuring yourself.
Of course, these are only a few examples of potential workplace claims. Wherever you’ve suffered an accident or industrial illness because of your employer, you could look for an accident claim solicitor to make a case against your employer.
While you may feel nervous about taking such an action, because of your job, you may be reassured by knowing that your employer:
- Should have the relevant insurance to pay for your settlement.
- Could then ensure that the accident does not happen again.
- Is duty-bound not to treat you any differently because of your claim.
Kirkcaldy is located in Fife, if you’re curious about how many work accidents have taken place in your area, then the table below could help. These HSE statistics are taken from 2018/2019.
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If you’ve suffered an injury, or injuries because of a road traffic accident that was not your fault, whether it was in a car, a van or a fatal accident in Kirkcaldy, you may be looking at making a road traffic accident claim.
Our panel of accident claims solicitors covering Kirkcaldy could assist you with making your claim, helping you not only to claim for the financial repercussions of your injury, such as loss of earnings, but also for the suffering and pain that you have had to go through. Examples of what could lead to this kind of claim can be seen below:
- A bus driver applied their break harshly and unnecessarily, causing the bus to jerk, resulting in severe whiplash.
- A driver was speeding and failed to stop, crashing into the back of your vehicle.
- A driver overtook you in a dangerous manner, pushing your car into another lane, causing you to hit another vehicle.
Whatever vehicle you were in, as a passenger or driver or even as a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist, if another road user was at fault for the injuries that you sustained, then you could consider using our panel of accident claims solicitors to help fight your claim.
Have you fallen from a balcony because it was not fixed securely? Have you tripped on a piece of broken flooring? Or perhaps you slipped on an improperly cleared up spillage? If you’ve been injured because of a fall, slip or trip, you might be looking into making such a claim, but do you know whether you are eligible, or how long you have to claim?
Firstly, let’s look at whether you could claim. If someone was supposed to make an area safe for use, such as the council with public footpaths, or an employer within the workplace, or a shopping centre with their shop floor, and you were injured because they didn’t make the area safe, then you may be eligible to bake a claim.
Now, let’s look at how long you have to claim. The personal injury claims time limit in most cases is 3 years. This 3-year limitation period starts on the day of the accident. However, there are a few possible exceptions to this – these could relate to claiming as an adult for an accident that happened as a child, amongst other situations. If you’re at all unsure as to whether you are within the limitation period for your claim, simply call our team.
There are lots of injuries that could be incurred as a result of a violent attack, such as broken bones, cuts and bruises, head injuries and more. To compensate victims of crime that caused injury, the government set up the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). With the assistance of our panel of solicitors covering Kirkcaldy, you could claim for both the mental and physical injuries you’ve sustained because of someone else’s criminal actions.
There are a few things you should note about these types of claims, however.
Firstly, the time limit for CICA claims is shorter and usually stands at 2 years from the criminal act that caused your injuries. However, there are some cases where this limit might not apply, where there is an issue with your physical or mental health that has stopped you from claiming, or where the case could cover childhood abuse.
If you’re not sure where you have a valid claim, then why not call our team.
Whether you’ve fallen on unsafe steps at the local park, or you’ve had library shelves fall on you because they were not affixed to the wall correctly, if you’ve suffered an accident in Kirkcaldy due to someone else’s negligence in failing to make a public area safe, you could call our panel of accident claims solicitors covering Kirkcaldy to claim compensation on your behalf.
In many cases, it could be down to the council to compensate you for accidents in a public place. However, in other cases, such as shopping centres, it could be a private company who are liable. If you’re not sure who is to blame for your injuries as a result of accidents in a public place, we’d be glad to discuss your circumstances with you and provide you with your options.
Claiming for cases of medical negligence can be complex in nature due to the level of medical evidence that is required. The onus is on you a the claimant, to prove that you have suffered an injury or illness as the result of the actions or inactions of a medical professional who owed you a duty of care. In order to improve your chances of making a successful claim we suggest that you request the services of a personal injury solicitor who is well versed in making claims of this nature. Clinical negligence claims could be made for negligence by a number of different healthcare professionals such as:
- Care home staff
- And more…
It could be that your GP has not diagnosed an illness when clear signs were present, and your condition had worsened, or your care home worker has failed to dispense your medication and your condition has become worse, then because these healthcare professionals have a duty to care for you, their negligence could lead to a potential claim for compensation. Whether the negligence took place in Kirkcaldy accident and emergency, or in a birthing suite, through the NHS or via private medical care, you could find a no win no fee solicitor to help with your claim.
It is not the case that you have to fund all compensation claims upfront. In the no win no fee structure, you would not pay legal fees until your compensation settlement comes through, and your lawyer’s fees would be taken as a percentage (pre-agreed by you beforehand) of the settlement, meaning you would not be out of pocket. All our panel of accident claims solicitors covering Kirkcaldy work to this method. There is, also, more than just one benefit of not paying up front.
A further benefit of making a claim using a no win no fee agreement is that you would not need to pay your solicitors fees if your claim was unsuccessful. Your solicitor will then take their success fees from your final compensation amount. This is a percentage of your overall settlement that will be contained in a pre-agreed Conditional Fee Agreement that both you and your solicitor will sign prior to beginning the claims process. For more information regarding how to make a claim through a no win no fee agreement then please do not hesitate to contact us using our details that are contained within this guide.
Why not make a call to 0800 073 8801 today for further advice and support with making a claim? Here at Accident Claims UK, we not only connect you to our panel of accident claims solicitors covering Kirkcaldy, but we also give advice for free and without obligation to go ahead and use our service.
If your questions were not answered above, or you’ve been left with more questions about accident claims for compensation, then perhaps the below information may be of use to you.
When Could I Make An Accident Claim?
When it comes to eligibility to make a claim, generally, someone has to be to blame, they should have had a duty towards your health and safety in some way, and they must have acted against that duty either by being negligent or by acting irresponsibly. If this is the case, and you were within the time limitations applicable to your case, then you could have cause to claim compensation. You could attempt to make a claim without the help of a solicitor, but we wouldn’t recommend this, as the process could be more stressful without a lawyer.
Can I claim on behalf of another person?
There are a few different reasons why you may wish to act on behalf of another person by making a personal injury claim for them. This is what’s referred to as acting as a litigation friend. You may wish to act as a loved one’s litigation friend if they’re mentally incapacitated and therefore unable to make a claim for themselves. Similarly, you may wish to act as your child’s litigation friend if they’re under 18, which is the minimum legal age that they can make legal proceedings.
Do you need legal representation to make a personal injury claim?
No, technically, there isn’t any legal requirement to have legal representation in order to make a personal injury claim. However, there are a range of benefits that having a personal injury lawyer handle your case can bring. For example, their experience means that they can navigate the claims process smoothly on your behalf. Similarly, their expertise can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve, from advising you on settlement offers to ensuring you include all damages you’re entitled to within your claim. Our panel of personal injury lawyers covering Kirkcaldy offer No Win No Fee services, so why not see how they could help you by speaking to one of our advisors today?
How can our team at Accident Claims help?
Here at Accident Claims, we offer free and impartial consultations to anyone considering making a claim. Whether you’d like to see if you have grounds to make a claim or you’re wondering how much compensation you may be entitled to, we have a team of advisors that are available to speak to you anytime, any day. If they believe you could have a valid claim, they can even offer to connect you to a member of our panel of personal injury lawyers. This way, you can access the services of solicitors with three decades of experience on a No Win No Fee basis.
Should I Only Look At Local Law Firms?
Putting into a search engine ‘solicitors near me’ could doubtless bring up nearby lawyers you could choose from. But why not use a nationwide service with a panel of solicitors who are well versed in making successful claims for compensation? Call us At Accident Claims UK today.
Will My Injury Or Illness Be Examined?
Seeing another medical professional when you could have already seen various doctors for your injury may seem like a hassle, but the truth is one of the most important things you do as part of your claim. The independent doctor would compile a medical report detailing your injuries and prognosis, and it will be used as the basis of your evidence. Whether you’ve used a personal injury claims calculator before or not, they only provide a rough estimate of possible compensation settlements, as the calculator would not be aware of the intricacies of your injury. Only the medical report would contain this information.
Do You Work With Doctors In My Area?
If you chose to work with our panel of solicitors, they will arrange for you to see a medical expert within your local area as we have a panel of doctors spanning the UK. Doctors local to you include:
Mark Innes Burgin
The Alba Clinic,
148 Princes Street,
- Report an incident to – This page will give you relevant information.
- Kirkcaldy Police – Information surrounding the local police.
- Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court – Details of the local courts.
- Fife Council – Help with council services.
- Pavement accident claims guide – If you’ve fallen or tripped on the pavement then read here for claims information.
- Laser hair removal burn claims guide– If so, our guide here could help.
- Care home negligence claims guide – Then read here to see how you could help them.
Thank you for reading our guide on how our panel of accident claims solicitors Kirkcaldy could help you.
Article by JJ.
Edited by CK.