A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Verwood or anywhere in the country, Quittance can will handle your claim and we will arrange a medical at a centre near you .

Can I make a personal injury claim?

If you were injured in the last 3 years and a third party was to blame, our expert solicitors can assist you with a claim.

Do I have a claim?

What are the criteria for making a claim?

Claims for compensation must usually be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or learned of your injury.

In most cases, there are three main 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, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

How much can I claim?

The personal injury compensation you will receive is dependent on the nature and seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use injury calculator gives you a realistic idea of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Work accident claims in Verwood

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted self employed or employed people, from scaffolding erectors to veterinary nurses, to claim work accident compensation. Injury and illness information for the East Dorset local authority made available in accordance with RIDDOR regulations by the HSE:

Workplace accidents in East Dorset Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Machinery related injury227
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)101
Fall from height (scaffolding)834
Animal related (e.g. riding accident)222
Lifting and handling injuries371820
Physical attack122
Slip, trip, fall same level242215
Struck against753
Struck by moving vehicle103
Struck by object1158
Trapped underneath something010

See: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Verwood

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Verwood are relatively common. Official statistics reveal a total of 1269 accidents (1047 slight accidents, 199 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dorset local authority area. By 2014 the total had increased to 1,276.

Quittance's network of expert no win, no fee litigators have years of experience in getting the highest compensation for anyone hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in Verwood.

See: Road accident compensation

Other claims

Serious injury

The Courts recognise that a serious injury can have a significant impact on a claimant and their dependants.

By limiting the stress a serious or catastrophic injury imposes on an injured claimant, compensation helps claimants to prioritise rehabilitation.

Quittance's panel of lawyers have helped people recover compensation for a wide range of catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions. Injury and illness referred to as catastrophic or serious include lead poisoning, concussion and birth negligence.

See: Catastrophic injury compensation

Clinical negligence in Verwood

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a patient is injured due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or private clinic that was responsible.

If you are only looking for answers instead of financial damages, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To make a formal complaint against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset.

See: Clinical negligence compensation

Industrial disease

Injury lawyers can help with claiming maximum compensation for diverse industrial illnesses that range from noise induced hearing loss to pleural thickening.

See: Industrial disease compensation

Slips, trips and falls

Reported statistics show that slips and trips are, by a considerable degree, the most prevalent accident in the Dorset workplace. Slips and trips are frequently connected to accidents attributed to other causes e.g. being hit by an object falling from a machine, a fall from a ladder or an exposure to fire accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like sprained arms experienced on potholes are also quite common with pothole trips having happened recently.

Verwood No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Verwood and the whole of the UK.

See: No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide network of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Verwood and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

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

How much experience do your solicitors have of injury claims in Verwood?

Quittance Legal Services is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists people in Verwood, Dorset and throughout the UK, get maximum compensation for their injuries.

We have helped hundreds of people throughout Dorset seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and injuries sustained from a fall at work.

With a 90% success rate, we offer a service that is as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical centres, home appointments (if necessary) and expert advice, means the claims process does not have to take over your life.


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. With nothing to pay up front, the success fee is only payable if you win your case.

Guidance for those looking for an injury lawyer

You will be liaising with your lawyer for a long period of time, from months for minor and moderate injury to over a year for complex cases. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, however the quality of service does vary.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is an important first step.

Verwood solicitor reviews

The quality of advice provided by solicitors can differ.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly help build a picture when attempting to decide which solicitor best serves your needs.

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Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by set recommended 'general damages' depending on the nature of the injury. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Get more information about how much you can claim.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for injuries from inhaling toxic fumes or smoke, for example, ranges from ?4,290 to ?10,175 (based on 2015 market data).

Will you need a local Verwood legal firm ?

The location of a lawyers office is not particularly relevant as cases are, as a matter of course, managed by phone and email.

It is however necessary to go with a law firm with national medical centres (possibly even home visits) as claimants will have to go to a medical exam.

More - 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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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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