Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?
Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent driver, employer or any other party, we can help.
How we can help
Every year, we help hundreds of people in Christchurch, Dorset and throughout the UK claim compensation for:
Do I have a claim?
You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other points to consider?
Yes. In practice, several other factors can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or where the injury occurred.
A brief phone consultation will let you know exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Personal Injury 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 Christchurch
Drivers, pedestrians and riders should be able to claim compensation if they have been injured on Christchurch's roads as the result of another party's negligence.
Regardless of whether you have been hurt in a crash on Christchurch's roads, or were involved as a pedestrian, we can help. The Quittance guide to road accident compensation claims sets out everything you need to know about how to claim.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in Christchurch
If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any costs incurred as a result of your accident.
Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp working through an agency, our work accident claim guide explains your rights and to make a successful claim.Work accident claims
Other injury claim types
Injuries in a public place
Recorded statistics highlight the fact that slips and trips are still the most frequent accident at work in Dorset. Slips and trips are often forerunner to accidents attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by moving machinery or a drowning accident. Public place (Bournemouth local authority) claims for injuries like facial scarring suffered on potholes are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having occurred on Southbourne Grove and on Christchurch Road.
Medical negligence describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to the carelessness of a GP, nurse or other medical professional. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.
If you are only looking for answers instead of injury compensation, you can raise a formal complaint. For example, to make a formal complaint against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset.
More injury claim types
The Courts recognise that serious injuries can have a life-altering impact on an injured person and their dependants. Quittance's team fight hard for compensation for serious injuries, including claiming for long-term medical treatment and care costs.
Quittance's network of expert solicitors have helped families recover damages for many major injuries and conditions. Injuries and medical conditions referred to as catastrophic or serious include serious psychiatric harm and lung cancer.
Christchurch 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, Christchurch 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 Christchurch, 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.
We are Quittance Legal Services
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.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
if you can claim
to start a claim
Have the solicitors handled many Christchurch claims?
We are a nationwide network of award winning personal injury solicitors that assists injured people in Christchurch, Dorset and throughout the country, get compensated for their injuries.
In 2017, we have helped hundreds of claimants throughout Dorset get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents in the workplace and bike accidents.
With an excellent claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.
Can I get 100% No Win, No Fee?
If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means you will never be out of pocket.
Injury lawyer reviews in Christchurch - Tips for comparing firms
Talking to a solicitor about your case is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach offered by different firms.
Do you need to go with a local legal firm?
The location of a law firm is not important as injury cases are, as a matter of course, run by phone, post and email.
You will need to choose a law firm that offers national medical centres as you will almost always have to attend a medical assessment.
Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for chronic asthma could vary between £21,230 and £34,760 (based on 2015 market research).
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.