A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you live in Christchurch or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced lawyers will handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Have I got a claim for compensation?

Updated: October 21, 2016

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should be made within a 3-year window in most cases.

To win a Christchurch personal injury case, your lawyer must prove that the Defendant owed you a duty of care, that the Defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

Getting your claim started sooner should allow the solicitor to gather supporting statements from witnesses.

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Find out how much you can claim

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our online claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the level of compensation you are due.

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Work accident claims in Christchurch

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted people, from scaffolding erectors to colour technologists, to claim work accident compensation. Accident at work statistics for the Christchurch local authority are published in accordance with RIDDOR by the Government excerpted below:

Work accidents in Bournemouth Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known373626
Electrocution321
Machinery related332
Exposed to explosion010
Exposed to fire100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. perchlorate)802
Fall from height131013
Injured by an animal110
Lifting804346
Physical attack201310
Slip, trip or fall (not from height)785460
Struck against1251
Struck by moving vehicle502
Hit by object301313
Crushed by something collapsing021

See: Injured at work claims

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Road traffic accident claims in Christchurch

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of certified road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury lawyers have years of experience in fighting for the highest compensation for people hurt in a road accident in Christchurch.

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Christchurch are common. Government statistics reveal 2 fatal accidents, 70 serious accidents and 547 slight accidents in 2013 in Bournemouth (Total events were 619 local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 622. Accidents in the Christchurch area in 2013 included collisions on the single carriageway of the B3059 and A35 crossroads and on the A35 and A3060 roundabout.

See: Road accident compensation

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Other claims

Serious injury

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.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Medical negligence in Christchurch

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.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Slips and trips

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.

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Christchurch 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 Christchurch and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

For more information, see No win, no fee compensation claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The national panel of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Christchurch, from fast track whiplash cases to serious road injury claims. Chosen for their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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Have Quittance 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.

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FAQs

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.

What to check when finding the best lawyer

You will be in contact with your legal representative for a long period of time, from months for minor and moderate injury to over a year for complex cases. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, but the quality of service does vary.

Given the impact your legal representative can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is vital.

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).

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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