Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

How we can help

Every year, we help injured people in Poole, Dorset and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Do I qualify for personal injury compensation?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other points to consider?

Yes. In reality, there are several factors that can have a bearing on whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or whether a child was injured.

A short phone consultation will let you know exactly where you stand. You will be under no obligation to start a claim with Quittance. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker:

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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.

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
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

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:

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Road accident claims in Poole

Road users can claim compensation if they have been injured on Poole's roads because of someone else's negligence.

It does not matter whether you were involved in a motorbike accident, or have been hurt in a car collision on Poole's roads, our specialist team can help. The Quittance guide to road accident claims explains everything you need to know about starting a claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Poole

You may be able to make an accident at work claim if you?ve been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

Whether you are a full or part-time employee, or a temp working through an agency, our work injury claim guide explains your legal rights and how to start a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Injuries in a public place

Official data demonstrate that employee slips and trips are the single most common cause of injury at work in Dorset and the UK. They are quite often lead to accidents filed under a different category such as being hit by an object falling from a lifting machinery or an asphyxiation accident. Public place (Poole local authority) litigation for injuries like broken ankles occurring on poorly maintained roads are also quite prevalent with street falls having happened on Parkstone Road and on Bournemouth Rd.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Medical negligence describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP or other medical professional's lack of care. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you just want a detailed explanation of what happened instead of financial damages, you could make a formal complaint. For example, you can write to Sentinel House, 4 - 6 Nuffield Road, Nuffield Industrial Estate, Poole, Dorset, to make a formal complaint against Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information: Clinical negligence compensation

Medical negligence claims

More injury claim types

The effect of a serious or catastrophic injury will be recognised by the Courts when calculating compensation.

By reducing the financial stress a serious injury puts on an injured claimant and their dependants, injury compensation allows people to concentrate on recovery and rehabilitation.

The panel of solicitor firms have aided people recover compensation for many severe conditions and injuries. Injury and illness categorised as serious range from major surgical negligence to radiation exposure.

For more information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Other types of claim

Poole 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, Poole 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 Poole, 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.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Take the first steps towards compensation

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.

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Frequently asked questions

What experience do you have of handling claims in Poole?

We are a UK-wide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Poole, Dorset and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we helped 100's of claimants in Dorset seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from car accidents to building site accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and expert advice, mean making a claim is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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.

Poole solicitor reviews

Service levels offered by solicitors, as with any professional service, can vary enormously.

Online personal injury solicitor reviews is a great place to start when deciding which lawyer to go with.

Read more Quittance reviews

Will I have to choose a lawyer near me?

You do not need to choose a personal injury solicitor near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually needs a local service provider is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

What are the road accident statistics in Poole

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Poole are relatively frequent. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 455 accidents (387 slight accidents, 65 serious accidents and 3 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Poole local authority area. By 2014 accidents increased to 507. Accidents in Poole in 2013 included crashes on the A350 and A349 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the B3068 and A35 crossroads.

Quittance's network of proficient no win, no fee solicitors have a wealth of experience in securing the highest damages for people injured in a road accident in Poole.

Poole work accident statistics

The latest 2019 work injury information in the Poole Local Authority (2013/14) are detailed in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Saftey Executive:

Work accidents in Poole Local Authority (HSE)Reported Injuries
Undefined46
Electric shock1
Machinery related injury5
Exposed to fire0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. soil contamination)2
Fall from height20
Injured by an animal0
Lifting and handling injuries62
Physical assault7
Slip, trip or fall72
Struck against5
Struck by moving vehicle4
Struck by object21
Trapped underneath something2

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.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

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*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

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.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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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