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

If your life has been affected by illness or injury, Quittance Legal Services are here to help.

How Quittance can help

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Blandford Forum, Dorset and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you sustained an injury:

  • 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 exceptions?

Yes. In practice, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident, whether a child was injured or whether liability can be proved.

A short phone consultation will let you know exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Instant 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 calculator

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 Blandford Forum

You can start a claim for compensation if you have been injured on Blandford Forum's roads because of a careless road user.

It does not matter if you were a passenger in a car accident, or have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident on Blandford Forum's roads, our team are here. This guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Blandford Forum

If you have been injured because of your employer's negligence, you have the right to make a claim.

Whatever the circumstances of your injury, whether you are a carpenter injured on a building site or you tripped in an office, our work accident claim guide shows you how to make a successful work accident claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Health and Safety statistics show that slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most frequent cause of injury in the Dorset workplace. Slips, trips and falls are typically related to injuries attributed to other causes like being struck by moving machinery or a lake drowning accident. Public place (East Dorset local authority) compensation claims for injuries such as strained muscles happening on slippery pavements are also quite common with pavement crack trips having happened on Station Rd and on High Street.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a doctor or other health worker's lack of care. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for a formal account of what went wrong instead of starting an injury claim, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can contact Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, for example, to go through the NHS complaints procedure against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

More about Clinical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

Quittance recognise the difference compensation makes to severely injured claimants.

The Quittance team fight for the maximum compensation for severe injury and illness, including compensation for medical expenses and care costs. Quittance's network of solicitors have aided claimants affected by serious accidents. Injuries and medical conditions held by the Courts to be serious and catastrophic range from lung disease to deep vein thrombosis.

More about Catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

Blandford Forum 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, Blandford Forum 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 Blandford Forum, Dorset 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

Is Quittance the right claims firm for me?

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 injury claims in Blandford Forum?

We are a national network of expert personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people in Blandford Forum, Dorset and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants throughout Dorset get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to industrial disease.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, make our claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Do I need to select a local lawyer ?

Going for a local solicitor is not very important as cases are, as a matter of course, conducted by phone, post and email.

It is however necessary to go with a law firm that offers national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will almost always be expected to go to a medical assessment.

What should you look for when checking Blandford Forum solicitor reviews?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the quality of service offered by different firms.

What are the road accident statistics in Blandford Forum

The panel of specialist no win no fee legal advisors have decades of experience in getting optimum damages for people who have been injured in a car accident in Blandford Forum.

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Blandford Forum are relatively frequent. Official statistics show a total of 1269 accidents (1047 slight accidents, 199 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dorset local authority area. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,276.

What are the Blandford Forum work accident statistics?

The latest 2019 accident figures in the East Dorset Local Authority (2013/14) are listed in accordance with RIDDOR by the Health and Saftey Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in East Dorset Local Authority HSE)Reported Injuries
Other3
Machinery related injury7
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)1
Fall from height (scaffolding)4
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)2
Lifting and handling injuries20
Physical attack2
Slip, trip, fall same level15
Struck against3
Struck by moving vehicle3
Struck by object8
Trapped underneath something0

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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