A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Ferndown or anywhere else in England or Wales, our injury solicitors will help with your claim and we will always arrange a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last three years and another party was at fault, our expert solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims should be made in 3 years of an injury in the majority of cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Ferndown or work-related illness, there are three key components to proving a claim. It needs to be demonstrated that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

A brief, no-obligation consultation with a Ferndown-specialist solicitor will give answers and advice.

How much can I claim?

The injury compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to a number of factors. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Ferndown

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from warehouse assistants to editorial assistants, to claim compensation from their employer. Injury and illness statistics for the East Dorset local authority are listed under RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the following table:

Work accidents in East Dorset Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury227
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)101
Fall from height (scaffolding)834
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)222
Lifting and handling injuries371820
Physical attack122
Slip, trip, fall same level242215
Struck against753
Struck by moving vehicle103
Struck by object1158
Trapped underneath something010

See: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Ferndown

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of certified no win no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in negotiating the best settlements for claimants who have sustained an injury in a road accident in Ferndown.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Ferndown are reasonably common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 1269 accidents (1047 slight accidents, 199 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dorset council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,276. Incidents in the Ferndown area in 2013 included traffic collisions on the single carriageway of the B3073 and A347 crossroads and on the A31 and A348 roundabout.

See: Road accident claims

Other claims handled by Quittance

Slips and trips

Government figures demonstrate that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Dorset and the UK as a whole. They are sometimes related to injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by material under pressure or an animal related accident. Public place (East Dorset local authority) accident claims injuries like broken toes happening on obstructed pathways are also quite common with recent pavement trips having happened on Wimborne Road East and on Pennys Walk.

Ferndown serious injury compensation claims

We recognise the change compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants. Damages will ease the financial burden on a claimant enabling them to focus on rehabilitation.

See: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with securing compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from radiation exposure to latex allergy.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claims

Clinical negligence in Ferndown

When a patient is injured or becomes ill as the result of the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are only looking for the hospital to explain what happened rather than financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. You can contact Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

See: No win, no fee medical negligence claim

Ferndown No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Ferndown and across the UK.

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

Meet the QLS team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in Ferndown and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims, our solicitors have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

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

What is your track record of injury claims in Ferndown?

Quittance is a UK-wide network of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping people in Ferndown, Dorset and throughout the UK, get the best possible compensation settlement.

Last year, we have assisted 100's of injured claimants throughout Dorset seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from motorbike accidents to accidents in the office.

Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, make the claims process as clear and straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Guidance for potential claimants searching for a lawyer

Identifying the most suitable solicitors' practice for your legal case is your most important step towards negotiating the highest compensation award.

How do you ensure you instruct the ideal solicitors' practice to take on your case?

Will I have to choose a law firm near me?

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

What should you look for when checking reviews for solicitors in Ferndown?

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from strictly professional to sympathetic. Before you call, checking injury lawyer reviews should give you a clear understanding of the difference between service levels offered by firms.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for hip or pelvis fractures needing surgery, for example, ranges from ?31,625 to ?42,460 (based on 2015 market data).

The key issue to be aware of is how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

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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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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