Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?
If your life has been affected by illness or injury, we are here to help.
If someone else was responsible for your accident or injuries, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
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 other factors that could affect my right to claim?
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.
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 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 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
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my 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:
Road accident claims in Blandford Forum
If you have been injured on Blandford Forum's roads, or anywhere in the UK, you may be entitled to claim compensation. An injury claim may be possible if you were injured:
- As driver or passenger
- On a motorbike or bicycle
- As a pedestrian
- On public transport
Whether you were a passenger in a car accident, or have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, our team are here. This guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.
Blandford Forum work injury claims
If you have been injured because of your employer's negligence, you have the right to make a claim.
By law, all employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a lifeguard or a scaffolder, our work accident claim guide shows you how to make a successful work accident claim.
Blandford Forum medical negligence claims
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. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust covering Blandford Forum, including Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset).
Blandford Forum occupiers liability accident claims
There is a legal duty on the owners (occupiers) of premises to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors.
Whether you were hurt at an airport or on land maintained by the local authority, you could be able to claim compensation.
If you have been injured in an accident in a public place, we can help.
Claim compensation for a serious injury
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
Blandford Forum No Win, No Fee solicitors
A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.
Blandford Forum injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.
No Win, No Fee guarantee
Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Blandford Forum, Dorset and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your personal 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 you will have nothing to pay.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Blandford Forum and cross the UK.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:
- Find out
if you can claim
- No obligation
to start a claim
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|
|Machinery related injury||7|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)||1|
|Fall from height (scaffolding)||4|
|Animal related (e.g. riding accident)||2|
|Lifting and handling injuries||20|
|Slip, trip, fall same level||15|
|Struck by moving vehicle||3|
|Struck by object||8|
|Trapped underneath something||0|
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.
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.
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*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
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.
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.
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.