A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Bournemouth or anywhere in the country, our injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Do I have a injury claim?

Updated: September 12, 2016

If you were injured in an accident in the last 3 years and another person was responsible, Quittance can assist you with an injury claim.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claimants with certain illnesses or conditions like repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. In such cases, it is the date you are informed of your diagnosis that is considered.

In order to win a Bournemouth personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • The Defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The Defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

A no-obligation phone consultation with an expert solicitor can provide answers and useful advice.

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Calculate my compensation

How much compensation you are likely to be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our claim calculator gives an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Work accident claims in Bournemouth

Worker injured in accident

We have helped Claimants, from electricians to armed forces officers, to get the compensation they deserve. Accident at work information in the Bournemouth local authority are compiled under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Bournemouth Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known373626
Machinery related332
Exposed to explosion010
Exposed to fire100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)802
Fall from height131013
Injured by an animal110
Physical attack201310
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)785460
Struck against1251
Struck by moving vehicle502
Hit by object301313
Crushed by something collapsing021

Read more: Injured at work claim

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Road traffic accident claims in Bournemouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of expert litigators have decades of experience in getting optimum damages for people injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Bournemouth.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Bournemouth are reasonably common. Official statistics show a total of 619 accidents (547 slight accidents, 70 serious accidents and 2 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Bournemouth local authority. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 622. 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.

Read more: Road accident compensation claim

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Other injury claims

Bournemouth serious injury compensation

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

Slips, trips and falls

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.

Clinical negligence 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 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

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Bournemouth No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Bournemouth and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Bournemouth and including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their years of specialist experience and their track record in winning cases.

Meet the team - click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience do Quittance 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.

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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.

How to find the right personal injury solicitor

In most cases a claim for compensation will take some months to reach a conclusion. In cases of serious injury, claims may run for one or two years. The SRA are responsible for regulating the legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors of interest to people considering an injury claim, such as communication or speed.

Given the impact your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is a crucial first step.

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

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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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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