A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

Whether you are based in Swanage or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury lawyers can manage your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last 3 years and another person owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can assist you with a claim for financial compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Eligibility to claim

People who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition such as noise-induced deafness may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in such cases.

Whether compensation is being claimed for a road accident in Swanage or work-related illness, there are three elements to proving a claim. It needs to be demonstrated that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Your lawyer will explain how your claim relates to each of these points.

Compensation calculator

The total compensation you are likely to get is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use claim calculator provides you with an estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries and costs incurred.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Swanage

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of professional road traffic accident litigators have decades of experience in fighting for the highest general and special damages for people injured in a road accident in Swanage.

Accidents involving vehicles in Swanage are quite common. Officially reported accident data shows a total of 1269 accidents (1047 slight accidents, 199 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dorset local authority. In 2014 the total had increased to 1,276.

See: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Swanage

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has assisted claims for claimants, from dental nurses to systems analysts, to secure financial compensation awards. Work accident statistics in the Purbeck local authority reported in accordance with legislation by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Work accidents in Purbeck Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock100
Machinery related655
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)111
Fall from height8105
Injured by an animal133
Physical assault1076
Slip or trip191523
Struck against340
Struck by moving vehicle101
Struck by object872
Trapped under falling object110

See: No win, no fee work accident claims

Other injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Swanage

When a person is injured due to the lack of care of a registrar, nurse or other health worker, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

If you are just looking for closure as opposed to a compensation award, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can contact Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, for example, to make a formal complaint against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

See: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury

The Quittance team recognise the critical difference a successful claim will make to seriously injured claimants.

By limiting the pressure a major injury places on a claimant and their family, an injury claim enables individuals to prioritise rehabilitation.

See: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Personal injury lawyers can assist with securing compensation for industrial illness ranging from bladder cancer to pesticide poisoning.

See: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive statistics underline the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in Dorset. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the forerunner to injuries filed under a different category e.g. being hit by a reversing vehicle, being trapped by something or an electrocution accident. Public place claims for injuries like cheekbone fractures happening on potholes are also quite common with recent pavement crack trips having occurred in the area.

Swanage No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Swanage and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Swanage, from fast track cases to life-changing injury. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their winning track record and their knowledge and expertise.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

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

What experience do you have of claims in Swanage?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of award winning personal injury lawyers that assists injured people in Swanage, Dorset and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we helped 100's of claimants in Dorset get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including part-time worker injuries and car accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as clear and straightforward as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home appointments (if required) and specialist advice, enables you to focus on your recovery.


Do you work on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. You will not need to pay anything upfront to start a claim.

Finding the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer

Compensation for a injury claim can take months, and even years in severe injuries, to be paid. The SRA are responsible for regulating strictly legal advice given by all solicitors, however they do not regulate many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as speed or level of service.

Considering the effect your solicitor can have on your life and your recovery, finding a solicitor that meets your needs is vital.

You should be aware that the amount of compensation you get to keep can vary considerably from firm to firm (2015 research). No Win, No Fee solicitors will expect you to pay a success fee and an ATE insurance premium. For serious hand injuries with full or close to full recovery, for example, the compensation you actually keep could vary from ?5,060 to ?10,725 depending on the fees charged by your lawyer.

What should you look for when comparing reviews for solicitors in Swanage?

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Before you call, checking personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a idea of the range of service levels.

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Swanage?

Many injury lawyers operate across the country, allowing claimants to make a choice based on factors including level of success fees charged and quality of service.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually should be carried out locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Your lawyer will arrange for a medical practitioner in your area to conduct your 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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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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