We know how an injury can affect your life

Our specialist personal injury team are here to help, so you can focus on your recovery.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation.

How did your injury happen?

The process your solicitor will follow when making an injury claim will depend on where and how you were injured.

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Do I have a personal injury claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

To get a clearer idea if you can make a claim, you can check your claim online, or for a more definitive answer, speak to an injury claims advisor on 0800 376 1001.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. Practically speaking, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your accident or whether there is an untraceable defendant.

Speak to an injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker.

What if the injured claimant is a child?

Regardless of when the injury occurred, an injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child at any point until the child's 18th birthday.

Anyone who was injured either during their birth or as a child can start a claim themselves once they turn 18 years old.

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Child injury compensation claims

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.

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.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in an injury claim

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.

Bournemouth road accident claims

Car, HGV, cycle and motorcycle accidents in Bournemouth are relatively common. Department of Transport data shows there were 897 road accidents in Dorset in 2021 (633 slight accidents, 245 accidents and 19 fatalities). Incidents in the Bournemouth region in 2013 included collisions on the A35 and A338 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A347 and B3063 junction.

We can help people injured in road accidents that have occurred in Bournemouth and throughout England and Wales. You may be able to claim compensation if you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian and another road user was liable.

Whether you were injured in a motorbike accident, or were hurt in a crash, our useful guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

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Work accident claims in Bournemouth

Per 100,000 workers, there were 221 non-fatal work accidents and 1.18 fatalities in Dorset in 2021.

If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any losses or expenses.

Employers and site operators owe a duty of care to their staff, to visitors and contractors. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a personal trainer or a care home worker, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful no win, no fee claim.

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Work accident compensation claims

How common are work accidents in Bournemouth?

HSE-reported Dorset work accidentsReported Injuries
Not Known15%
Electrocution1%
Machinery related1%
Exposed to explosion0%
Exposed to fire0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)1%
Fall from height7%
Injured by an animal0%
Lifting26%
Physical attack6%
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)34%
Struck against1%
Struck by moving vehicle1%
Hit by object7%
Crushed by something collapsing1%

Clinical negligence claims in Bournemouth

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when a person suffers injury or illness due to a doctor, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust responsible for Bournemouth, including The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, Dorset).

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Public place injury claims in Bournemouth

UK law imposes a duty of care on property owners and operators (occupiers) to ensure that their property is safe for anyone visiting the premises.

Whether you have been injured on a footpath or in a hotel, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

If you've been injured in a public place, we can help you.

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Public place accident compensation claims

Serious injury compensation

Compensation claims for particularly severe injuries include head, brain and spinal injuries, but could also include other injuries such as eye injuries, bowel cancer and serious pharmaceutical error.

If you have suffered a serious injury, we understand the vital difference a successful claim can make.

Compensation can ease the financial load and reduce stress, helping you and your family to focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert serious injury solicitors coordinate with insurance providers and medical professionals, to help you get the rounded support you need.

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Serious injury compensation

Will I need to travel to a solicitor's office?

If you are planning to start a claim, you do not need to go to a solicitor's office.

You can talk to a legally-trained advisor about your accident or injury, before you choose to start a claim.

Once you do start your claim, a specialist solicitor will take you through each step. Your lawyer will be with you throughout the process, from your initial questions to the day you recieve your compensation.

No win, no fee injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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 Bournemouth and cross the UK.

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FAQs

Has Quittance helped many claimants in Bournemouth?

Whether you live in Bournemouth, Dorset, or elsewhere in the UK, we can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim.

Whether your injury occurred due to a negligent diagnosis or due to your employer's negligence we will ensure your case is handled by an expert, specialist solicitor.

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

Bournemouth personal injury solicitor reviews

All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary.

Personal recommendations, word of mouth and online reviews will make it easier find the right solicitor for your claim.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, 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 for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes 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.

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.

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Will I have to go to court?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) 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 out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator