Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?
If you've been injured in an accident, we can help you to claim compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.
How can we help
Every year, we help hundreds of people in Dorset, Dorset and across the UK get compensation for:
Will I be able to make a claim?
If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, the law entitles you to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:
- in the last three years, and;
- someone else was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other considerations?
Yes. In practice, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or whether the defendant is uninsured.
We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to an expert now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our 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:
Dorset road accident claims
If you sustained an injury on Dorset's roads because of another driver's carelessness, you can start a claim for compensation.
Regardless of whether you were hurt in a collision on Dorset's roads, or have suffered an injury in a motorbike accident, our expert team are here. The Quittance useful guide sets out what you need to do to claim road accident compensation.Road accident claims
Work accident claims in Dorset
Have you have had an accident at work and your employer was to blame? If so you may be able to claim compensation through their liability insurance.
Whatever your job - whether you are a carpenter injured on a building site or a journalist injured in the office, our guide to work accident claims explains your legal rights and how to start a successful work accident claim.Work accident claims
Other types of injury claim
Accidents in a public place
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.
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
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
Dorset 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, Dorset 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 Dorset, 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.
How we can help
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
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.
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.
Find out more Solicitor reviews
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.
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.