A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

No matter whether you are based in Sherborne or anywhere in the country, Quittance can will help with your claim and we will always set up a medical at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims should be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury in most cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Sherborne or slip or trip, there are three elements to making a successful claim. It must be proven on the balance of probabilities that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

Beginning your claim as soon as possible will enable your lawyer to help gather useful supporting evidence and witness statements.

Compensation calculator

The level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of factors. Our online compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of the compensation you could win.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Sherborne

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Sherborne are relatively commonplace with a total of 1269 accidents (1047 slight accidents, 199 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dorset local authority. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,276. Accidents in the Sherborne region in 2013 included crashes on the single carriageway of the A352 and B3145 crossroads and on the single carriageway of the A30 and A352 crossroads.

Our group of qualified injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving optimum compensation for claimants hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Sherborne.

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Work accident claims in Sherborne

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from hotel workers to quality assurance managers, to secure financial compensation awards. Accident at work data in the West Dorset local authority are published under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Government and set out below:

HSE reported work accidents in West Dorset Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
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

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Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Government statistics indicate that employee slips and trips are the most frequent accident at work in Dorset and the UK. Slips and trips are typically connected to injuries attributed to other reasons e.g. being hit by an object falling from a ladder or an exposure to an explosion accident. Public liability negligence claims injuries like broken ankles experienced on potholes are also common with recent falls having occurred on Glenville Road.

Industrial disease

Personal injury solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial injuries including anything from workplace cancer to siderosis (welders lung).

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Sherborne solicitors for serious injury compensation claims

The Courts recognise that a serious injury will have a major impact on an injured person and their family. By limiting the pressure a serious injury puts on a claimant and their dependants, compensation enables claimants to prioritise recovery and rehabilitation. Our network of expert solicitors for many years have aided claimants impacted by serious accidents. Injuries and medical conditions which are considered to be catastrophic or serious include cerebral palsy and multiple fractures.

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Medical negligence in Sherborne

Clinical negligence is the term used when a person is injured as the result of the lack of care of a doctor or other health worker. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

You could use the NHS Resolution process if you are just looking for an explanation as to what went wrong as opposed to claiming compensation. You can write to Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, for example, to raise a complaint against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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Sherborne 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 Sherborne and across the UK.

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Meet our team

Quittance's nationwide network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Sherborne and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

Meet more of the QLS team: click here.

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

Have you handled many Sherborne claims?

Quittance is a national panel of specialist solicitors that helps people injured in Sherborne, Dorset and throughout the UK, recover injury compensation.

In 2017, we assisted hundreds of claimants in Dorset get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including building site accidents and accidents on the road.

With a first-rate claims record, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. Your solicitor fights your case for you, and only gets paid a success fee if they win your case.

Choosing the right injury lawyer

You will be in contact with your lawyer for a long period of time, from months for minor injuries to potentially years for claims for very severe injury. The SRA regulate the legal advice given by solicitors, but they are not responsible for many factors of interest to claimants, such as communication or speed.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your experience of making a claim, finding a solicitor that matches your needs is vital.

Injury lawyer reviews in Sherborne - What to look for

Solicitors have a wide range of approaches to handling cases and clients, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Before picking up the phone, looking up injury lawyer reviews should give you a much better idea of the level of service on offer, and the factors that matter most to you.

The contrast in the level of insurance premiums and success fees between different law firms working on No Win No Fee agreements is vast

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by a successful claimant being awarded compensation of ?12,080 for mild asthma can range from ?7,248 to ?10,268.

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Does the location of the law firm matter?

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

Usually, the only aspect that should be carried out locally 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 network of medical professionals.

Wherever your solicitor is based, they will arrange for a local medical expert to carry out the exam.

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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