Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If you've been injured in an accident, we can help you to claim compensation for any pain, suffering and financial losses.

Our personal injury services

We have helped hundreds of people in Shaftesbury, Dorset and across the UK claim compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, the law entitles you to claim financial compensation. To make a successful claim, your injury must have happened:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In practice, various other factors can affect whether a successful compensation claim will be possible, such as the circumstances of your injury or whether a child was injured.

A brief phone consultation will tell you 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 Instant 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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Shaftesbury road accident claims

If you suffered an injury on Shaftesbury's roads because of the carelessness of another road user, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

It does not matter whether you were a passenger in a car accident, or were involved riding a cycle on Shaftesbury's roads, our expert team can help. The Quittance guide to road accident compensation explains what you need to know about how to claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Shaftesbury

If you have suffered an injury as a result of your employer's actions or negligence, you should be legally entitled to make a claim.

Whatever you do for a living, whether you are a tractor driver injured on a farm or an estate agent injured on a property viewing, our work accident claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Medical negligence

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

Medical negligence claims

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

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

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

Other types of claim

Shaftesbury 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, Shaftesbury 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 Shaftesbury, 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

How do I start the process?

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.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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?

What are the road accident statistics in Shaftesbury

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.

Shaftesbury work accident statistics

The latest 2019 work injury information for the North Dorset Local Authority (2013/14) are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR legislation by the Government as follows:

Work accidents in North Dorset Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other10
Machinery related8
Exposed to explosion0
Fire related0
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. dioxins)1
Fall from height (scaffolding)8
Injured by an animal1
Lifting and handling injuries25
Physical assault6
Slip or trip18
Struck against3
Struck by moving vehicle1
Hit by falling object12
Crushed by something collapsing1

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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