A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you live in Lyme Regis or anywhere in the country, our expert lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will arrange a medical report at a local medical centre.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

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Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for personal injury compensation should be made within three years of the date of the injury in the majority of cases.

In order to win a Lyme Regis personal injury case, your solicitor must prove:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Your solicitor can take you through these points and will look at how they apply in your case.

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Injury claims calculator

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive depends on a number of factors. Our easy to use injury calculator provides you with a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?Use our compensation calculator
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Road traffic accident claims in Lyme Regis

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Lyme Regis are relatively commonplace. 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. In 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,276.

Our panel of no win, no fee litigators have years of experience in obtaining optimum general and special damages for people hurt in a car accident in Lyme Regis.

See: Road accident claim

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Work accident claims in Lyme Regis

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for claimants, from hotel workers to marine scientists, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work accident information for the West Dorset local authority reported in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Workplace accidents in West Dorset Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Not Known271917
Electric shock injury010
Machinery related injury1267
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)112
Fall from height131411
Injured by an animal356
Lifting and carrying713434
Physical assault5117
Slip or trip503538
Struck against533
Hit by vehicle254
Hit by object2299
Trapped by something collapsing001

See: Work accident claims

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Other types of claim

Serious injury

We understand the vital change an injury claim makes to the lives of severely injured claimants. A claim will ease the impact of bills other financial issues and reduce stress so an injured claimant and their dependants so they can focus on rehabilitation.

See: Serious injury claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can help claimants with claiming maximum compensation for industrial illness that include anything from mesothelioma to asthma caused by colophony.

See: Industrial disease claims

Slip and trip accidents

HSE figures stress the fact that employee slips and trips are by some margin the most common accident at work in Dorset and the UK as a whole. These types of accident are sometimes connected to accidents recorded in a different category like being hit by a moving object or an animal related accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries like sprained wrists happening on pavement cracks are also common with pavement crack trips having happened in the local area.

Medical negligence in Lyme Regis

When a patient sustains an injury or illness as the result of the carelessness of a GP or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for answers rather than starting an injury claim, you could make a formal complaint. For example, to raise a complaint against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, you can write to Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset.

See: Medical negligence claim

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Lyme Regis 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 Lyme Regis and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

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Meet our team

The national network of QLS solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Lyme Regis, from relatively minor claims to life-changing injury. Selected for their winning track record, our lawyers have years of experience handling injury claims.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience do you have of injury claims in Lyme Regis?

Quittance is a national network of SRA regulated solicitors that assists people in Lyme Regis, Dorset and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

Last year, we helped hundreds of claimants in Dorset seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents in the office and car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.

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Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Compensation for a personal injury claim can take months, and even years in serious injury cases, to be agreed. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), however service levels can vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on at every step of the process to provide compassionate practical advice and legal guidance.

Do you have to choose a personal injury solicitor in Lyme Regis?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

In most cases, the only aspect that does require a local service is the medical exam. This exam provides necessary medical evidence to support your claim, and is carried out in partnership with a member of our national medical network.

Comparing injury solicitors in Lyme Regis - online reviews

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from more casual and friendly to strictly professional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

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 very serious leg injuries leaving permanent problems could vary between ?44,330 and ?68,365 (based on 2015 market research).

You should be aware of 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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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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