Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you were injured or became sick due to someone else's actions, you may be able to claim compensation.

Our personal injury services

Each year, we help injured claimants in Bournemouth, Dorset and across the UK get compensation for:

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.

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 612 7456 to find out if you have a claim. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online 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

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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Bournemouth road accident claims

Bournemouth drivers and other road users should be able to claim compensation if they have been injured due to someone else's actions.

Whether you were injured in a motorbike accident, or were hurt in a crash on Bournemouth's roads, Quittance's useful guide sets out how to claim road accident compensation.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Bournemouth

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.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp employed via an agency, our guide to work accident claims shows you how best to make a successful no win no fee claim.

Work accident claims

Other injury claim types

Injuries in a public place

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics stress the fact that slips and trips are by some margin the most prevalent accident in the Dorset workplace. They are quite often related to accidents filed under a different category like being hit by an object falling from a machine or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place litigation for injuries such as fractured ankles suffered on poorly maintained paths are also common with recent pothole trips having occurred on Commercial Rd and on Christchurch Road.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

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 specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for closure or answers instead of injury compensation. To raise a complaint against The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, Dorset.

Read more: Medical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The lasting effect of serious and catastrophic injury will be acknowledged by insurers and the Courts when calculating what a claim is worth. By limiting the financial stress a serious injury imposes on an injured person, a claim helps claimants to concentrate on their rehabilitation. Quittance's network of lawyers have helped claimants affected by major accidents.

Read more: Serious injury compensation

Other types of claim

Bournemouth 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, Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth, 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

How do I start a claim?

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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FAQs

How much experience do the solicitors have of handling claims in Bournemouth?

We are a national panel of results-focussed personal injury lawyers that helps people injured in Bournemouth, Dorset and throughout the UK, recover compensation for their injuries.

Last year, we helped 100's of claimants across Dorset get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from road accidents to scaffolding accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

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.

Reviews for solicitors in Bournemouth

Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

Many solicitors operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your medical.

The diversity in success fees and ATE premiums between different firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is vast

For instance the amount of compensation retained by a claimant having been awarded £7,238 for injuries from inhaling toxic fumes or smoke can vary from £4,343 to £6,152.

Further reading How to compare personal injury solicitors

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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.

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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