A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

No matter whether you live in Dorset or anywhere else in England or Wales, Quittance can will assist with your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near you.

Have I got a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and a third party was liable, our panel of expert solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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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.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Key criteria

Compensation A claim must usually be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as repetitive strain injuries may still be eligible for compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is considered.

In order to win a Dorset personal injury case, it must be proven that:

  • 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

How much can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded is based on a number of factors. Our online injury calculator provides a realistic idea of your potential damages award.

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Road traffic accident claims in Dorset

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Dorset are reasonably common. Statistics from accidents reported to the police show a total of 1269 accidents (1047 slight accidents, 199 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dorset local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,276.

Our panel of qualified road traffic accident (RTA) lawyers have decades of experience in getting the highest general and special damages for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Dorset.

For more information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Dorset

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for claimants, from members of the Royal Navy to doctors, to claim compensation. Work injury statistics in the North Dorset local authority are published in accordance with reporting legislation by the Health and Safety Executive excerpted below:

Work accidents in North Dorset Local Authority (HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related438
Exposed to explosion100
Fire related100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)211
Fall from height (scaffolding)978
Injured by an animal431
Lifting and handling injuries432025
Physical assault666
Slip or trip222518
Struck against813
Struck by moving vehicle011
Hit by falling object14412
Crushed by something collapsing001

For more information: Accident at work claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Clinical and medical negligence in Dorset

Clinical (or medical) negligence describes when a patient is injured as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker. If you have been the victim of clinical negligence, Quittance can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. To make a formal complaint against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset.

For more information: Clinical negligence claims

Slip and trip injuries

Health and Saftey Executive figures emphasise the fact that slips and trips are the single most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in South West England and the UK. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the cause of injuries attributed to other causes e.g. being struck by moving machinery or a fire related (burn) accident. Public place (North Dorset local authority) cases for injuries like sprained wrists happening on tripping on a street are also common with recent pothole trips having happened in the local area.

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness including anything from industrial deafness to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

For more information: Industrial disease claims

Serious injury solicitors in Dorset

The Quittance team understand the difference compensation can make to the lives of seriously injured claimants. Quittance fight to achieve compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries. This includes compensation for the cost of ongoing treatment and care.

Quittance's panel of lawyers for many years have aided families impacted by serious accidents. Injuries considered by the Courts to be serious include serious psychiatric harm, brain tumours and lung disease.

For more information: Catastrophic injury claims

Dorset No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Dorset and the whole of the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet our team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Dorset, from fast track whiplash cases to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are chosen for their track record in winning cases and their specialist knowledge.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

How much experience do you have of injury claims in Dorset?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide network of SRA regulated solicitors dedicated to helping people in Dorset and throughout the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants in Dorset seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and building site accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make the claims process as convenient and stress-free as possible.


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 takes the financial risk out of making a claim.

Tips for choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor to represent you

Finding a suitable lawyer for your case is a critical step towards claiming the highest compensation settlement.

With some over 100 offices within 25 miles of Dorset, how do you ensure you choose the ideal one for your specific circumstances?

Check Dorset solicitor reviews

The standards of communication and advice provided by injury lawyers can differ considerably.

Reviews can be enlightening if you are mulling over which lawyer to go with.

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The disparity in the level of fees between firms is an important consideration for claimants.

E.g. the amount of compensation retained by an injured person accepting a settlement of ?43,875 for back injuries causing chronic permanent symptoms can range from ?26,325 to ?37,293.

Further reading - Compare solicitors quotes

Does the location of the solicitor matter?

The majority of large firms operate throughout England and Wales, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

Medical examinations will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national medical network will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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