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

If you were injured or became ill and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.

How we can help you

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

Am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?

The basic criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. Practically speaking, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury, the quantum of the claim or whether there is sufficient evidence to support your claim.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. You can also 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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Sherborne road accident claims

Sherborne drivers and other road users are entitled to start a claim for compensation if they have been injured as the result of someone else's carelessness.

Whether you have been involved in a hit-and-run, or have been hurt in a collision at a junction, we can help. This guide to road accident claims explains everything you need to know about how to get started.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Sherborne

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any costs incurred as a result of your accident.

Whatever your job is, whether you suffered a sprain or developed carpal tunnel syndrome, our work accident claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Public place injuries

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.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

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

More about Industrial disease compensation claims

Industrial disease claims

More injury claim types

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.

More about Serious injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Sherborne 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, Sherborne 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 Sherborne, 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

We are here to help

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

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.

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.

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.

What are the road accident statistics in Sherborne

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.

Work accident statistics in Sherborne

The latest 2019 accident at work data in the West Dorset Local Authority (2013/14) 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 AuthorityReported Injuries
Not Known17
Electric shock injury0
Machinery related injury7
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. chromium)2
Fall from height11
Injured by an animal6
Lifting and carrying34
Physical assault7
Slip or trip38
Struck against3
Hit by vehicle4
Hit by object9
Trapped 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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