Updated: Friday, 29th July 2016
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.
Making an injury claim
Compensation claims 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
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.
Legal cases Quittance handles in Dorset
Quittance's panel of solicitors assist individuals in Dorset and across South West England whose situations ranged and led to serious injuries.
Legal advisors can assist with claiming work related compensation for industrial illness including anything from industrial deafness to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.
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.
Accidents in the workplace
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)||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Exposed to explosion||1||0||0|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)||2||1||1|
|Fall from height (scaffolding)||9||7||8|
|Injured by an animal||4||3||1|
|Lifting and handling injuries||43||20||25|
|Slip or trip||22||25||18|
|Struck by moving vehicle||0||1||1|
|Hit by falling object||14||4||12|
|Crushed by something collapsing||0||0||1|
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.
Road traffic compensation claims
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.
Clinical and medical negligence in Dorset
Clinical negligence - formerly known as medical negligence - is the legal term a breach of the duty of care on the part of a GP or any other medical professional. Quittance's experienced panel of personal injury solicitors acting for South West England and Dorset have worked on negligence claims filed against NHS and private hospitals that include Forston Clinic, Herrison Road, Dorschester, DT2 9TB.
No Win, No Fee Personal injury Solicitors in Dorset
Lawyers looking after claims in Dorset usually act on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
This prevents your solicitor from charging any fees if they are not successful.
Will there be hidden fees?
Quittance's specialist injury solicitors ensure No Win, No Fee means the injured party shall not have to pay any of your lawyer's legal fees should you do not win.
Click here for more about No Win, No Fee.
What should you 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
Before you choose to instruct your lawyer you should arm yourself with as much information about the process as you think is necessary. Answers can help you make the right decision for your future.
Find additional information without picking up the phone. See more frequently asked questions here.
Start your injury claim
Once you are ready to get underway, you can begin the personal injury claim by phoning 0800 612 7456 or with our online contact form here.
Our specialist team are here to help. You can request a free callback or call us on 0800 612 7456 today.