A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you live in Shaftesbury or anywhere in the country, our expert injury lawyers are able to handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near you.

Can I make a claim for injury compensation?

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Claims must, in most cases, be made within 3 years of the injury.

To win a personal injury case, it must be shown that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached by the defendant, and the breach was the cause of your injury.

Answers and both practical and legal advice can be offered through a free phone consultation with an expert lawyer.

Calculate my compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use compensation calculator gives you a good idea of your potential compensation award.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Shaftesbury

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from office workers to public house managers, to secure financial compensation settlements. Work injury information for the North Dorset local authority are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in North Dorset Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related438
Exposed to explosion100
Fire related100
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)211
Fall from height (scaffolding)978
Injured by an animal431
Lifting and handling injuries432025
Physical assault666
Slip or trip222518
Struck against813
Struck by moving vehicle011
Hit by falling object14412
Crushed by something collapsing001

Find out more: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Shaftesbury

Cars involved in a road accident

Our group of qualified no win no fee personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in fighting for optimum damages for claimants who have sustained an injury in a car or motorbike accident in Shaftesbury.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Shaftesbury are not uncommon with 23 fatal accidents, 199 serious accidents and 1047 slight accidents in 2013 in Dorset (Total events were 1269 local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,276.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

Other claims we handle

Serious injury specialists handling cases in Shaftesbury

The effect a serious injury can have will be understood by Courts when they are working out what a claim is worth. A successful claim should ease the financial burden on an injured claimant and their dependants so they can focus on recovery.

Find out more: Catastrophic injury compensation

Medical and clinical negligence in Shaftesbury

Clinical (or medical) negligence is the term used when someone sustains an injury or illness as the result of the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want closure or answers instead of a compensation award. For example, you can write to Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with getting compensation for industrial illnesses that range from bladder cancer to pleural thickening.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation

Slips, trips and falls

Officially reported data expose the fact that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most common accident at work in Dorset. Slips and trips are typically the initiators of accidents incorrectly attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public place litigation for injuries like cheekbone fractures occurring on slippery pavements are also common with falls having happened on High Street and on Handley.

Shaftesbury 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 Shaftesbury and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the QLS team

Our national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Shaftesbury, including fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of experience.

Meet the team - click here.

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

How much experience does Quittance have of winning claims in Shaftesbury?

Quittance is a national panel of award winning solicitors dedicated to helping injured people in Shaftesbury, Dorset and throughout the country, obtain compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have helped hundreds of claimants across Dorset seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from part-time worker injuries to cycling accidents.

Local medical centres, convenient home appointments (if required) and an expert team at the end of the phone, make our claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for you is critical

Finding a suitable law firm to act for you is the most important step towards successfully claiming the highest compensation settlement for your accident.

What is the best way to ensure you choose the most appropriate solicitors' practice to handle your case?

The difference in the amount of personal injury success fees and ATE premiums between different solicitors is vast

For instance the amount retained by an injured person having been awarded ?6,099 for a minor head injury can range from ?3,659 to ?5,184.

Additional reading Get a personal injury quote

Reviews for injury lawyers in Shaftesbury

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Do you need a local lawyer ?

Choosing a nearby law firm is not relevant as injury cases are handled by phone, post and email.

However, you should choose a law firm with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as you will have to go to a medical examination.

Further reading - What is the process for attending a medical?

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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