Updated: Sunday, 31st July 2016
Whether you are based in Dartmouth or anywhere else in England or Wales, our experienced personal injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will arrange a medical at a medical centre near you.
Making an injury claim
Extensive legislation is in place to support injured Claimants, and our panel of expert lawyers have years of experience advising their clients regarding the strength of their claims.
People who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like noise-induced deafness may still be eligible for compensation even if the condition developed as the result of events that happened years ago. The date of diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.
To win a personal injury case, your lawyer must prove:
- You were owed a duty of care by the Defendant
- That duty was breached by the Defendant
- The Defendant's breach caused your injury or illness
Making your claim sooner should enable your lawyer to collect useful supporting evidence.
What to consider when choosing the right personal injury solicitor
In many cases a compensation claim will take some months to reach a conclusion and for serious injury cases, some claims can take over a year. The SRA are tasked with regulating legal advice given by all solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people considering an injury claim, such as speed or level of service.
Given the impact your legal representative can have on your experience of making a claim, picking an injury lawyer that meets your needs is an important first step.
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 wrist injuries causing permanent pain and stiffness could vary between £10,175 and £19,800 (based on 2015 market research).
You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.
Do I need to select a local Dartmouth injury lawyer ?
Going for a local law firm is not so critical as cases are, as a matter of course, handled remotely.
However, you should instruct a company that provides a national network as Claimants will almost always need to attend a medical exam.
Check Dartmouth solicitor reviews
The standards of communication and advice offered by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, vary considerably.
Online personal injury solicitor reviews can be revealing when mulling over which solicitor to go with.
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Which kinds of claims for compensation does Quittance handle in Dartmouth?
Compensation can be claimed for a range of injuries in Dartmouth. Quittance have helped with:
Slips, trips and falls
Officially reported statistics stress the fact that slips, trips and falls are, by some degree, the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Devon. They are sometimes connected to injuries classified under another heading for instance being hit by tools in use, being trapped by something collapsing or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place (South Hams local authority) cases for injuries such as facial scarring sustained on obstructed footpaths are also common with recent kerb stone trips having occurred in the area.
Personal injury solicitors can assist with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses including anything from allergic contact dermatitis to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.
Accidents in the workplace
We have assisted claims for Claimants, from members of the army to dentists, to claim for their work related injuries. Accident at work information for the Dartmouth local authority made available in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government as follows:
|Work accidents in South Hams Local Authority (RIDAGGR)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Electric shock injury (e.g. burns)||1||0||0|
|Machinery related injury||4||4||9|
|Exposed to explosion||1||0||0|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PAH)||4||2||2|
|Fall from height||14||10||12|
|Animal related (e.g. serious cat scratches)||4||0||1|
|Slip, trip or fall||37||31||32|
|Struck by moving vehicle||3||4||5|
|Struck by object||14||21||17|
|Trapped by something collapsing||0||1||0|
Road traffic claims
Our network of qualified no win no fee solicitors are experienced in in fighting for optimum compensation for people who have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident in Dartmouth.
Road traffic accidents involving cars, mororbikes and all other vehicles in Dartmouth are quite common with statistics showing a total of 2404 accidents (2094 slight accidents, 294 serious accidents and 16 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Devon local authority area. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 2,427.
Serious injury lawyers in Dartmouth
We understand the change injury compensation can make to people affected by serious and catastrophic injury.
By relieving the pressure catastrophic and serious injury places on an injured person and their family, a successful claim helps individuals to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation.
Medical negligence in Dartmouth
Clinical negligence - once called medical negligence - is the legal term a breach in the duty of care by a healthcare professional, either private or NHS. An example might be an accident and emergency claim. Quittance's panel of solicitors acting for Devon and Dartmouth have handled medical negligence claims made against infirmaries and hospitals including Dartmouth Community Hospital, South Embankment, Mansion House Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BD.
No Win, No Fee Solicitors handling claims for compensation in Dartmouth
When your lawyer loses the case, a No Win, No Fee agreement (or CFA) with your solicitor means that the solicitor's legal costs will not be charged. If your claim is successful, the costs for your lawyer must be covered by the losing Defendant.
A 'success fee' will be charged by injury lawyers who work under a No Win, No Fee agreement (also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA). The fee will be usually 25% and is taken out of your compensation award.
Our No Win, No Fee promise
No Win, No Fee means there will be absolutely no hidden costs and there is nothing owed if the claim is lost. With a No Win, No Fee guarantee, there is no catch in the small print whatsoever. Read more about No Win, No Fee
What to do next
Whether you are ready to start you claim now or are simply looking for more information, Quittance can help.
Get answers to your questions
Quittance give jargon-free answers to help people affected by injury determine whether to start the claim.
If you would like to know more before phoning, see our FAQ pages.
Ready to start?
Phone an expert on 0800 612 7456 to commence a claim, or you can begin the claim for compensation online here.
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