A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Wareham or anywhere in the UK, our personal injury solicitors will assist with your claim and we will always set up a medical at a local medical centre.

Can I make a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 16, 2016

If you were injured in the last three years and another party was to blame, our panel of expert solicitors can help you make a claim.

Eligibility to claim

Claims for personal injury compensation should, in most cases, be made within three years of the date the accident occurred or you learned of the injury.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

In the majority of cases, making a successful claim will involve three issues. It needs to be shown that a duty of care was owed, that this duty was breached, and the breach was the cause of the injury or illness.

The solicitor should explain how your claim relates to the points.

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Find out how much you can claim

The amount of compensation you will receive is based on a number of factors. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in Wareham

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has handled claims for people, from metal workers to transportation planners, to claim injury compensation. Work injury statistics for the Purbeck local authority are detailed in accordance with legislation by the Government:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Purbeck Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
General71113
Electric shock100
Machinery related655
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)111
Fall from height8105
Injured by an animal133
Lifting211114
Physical assault1076
Slip or trip191523
Struck against340
Struck by moving vehicle101
Struck by object872
Trapped under falling object110

See: No win, no fee work injury compensation claim

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Road traffic accident claims in Wareham

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of trained personal injury lawyers have years of experience in obtaining the highest general and special damages for Claimants hurt in a car or motorbike accident in Wareham.

Road traffic accidents involving vehicles in Wareham are relatively commonplace. Officially reported accident data shows 23 fatal accidents, 199 serious accidents and 1047 slight accidents in 2013 in Dorset (Total events were 1269 council area. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,276.

See: No win, no fee road accident claims

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Other claims handled by Quittance

Industrial disease

Solicitors can assist with getting compensation for industrial illness that include anything from NIHL to pesticide poisoning.

See: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slips, trips and falls

HSE data expose the fact that employee slips and trips continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Dorset workplace. They are typically related to injuries recorded in a different category like being hit by tools in use or a swimming pool drowning accident. Public liability cases for injuries such as broken ankles experienced on raised flagstones are also quite prevalent with dislodged paving slab trips having happened in the local area.

Wareham solicitors for serious injury compensation

We recognise the vital change an injury claim makes to the lives of seriously injured Claimants. By limiting the financial pressure a serious injury puts on an injured person, a compensation claim enables them to focus on recovery.

See: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Wareham

Clinical negligence is the term for when someone is injured as the result of a doctor, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Quittance's expert panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you only want answers instead of a compensation award, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. To follow the formal NHS complaints process against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset.

See: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

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Wareham 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 Wareham and across the UK.

See: No win, no fee compensation.

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Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' nationwide panel of solicitors take on all types of compensation claims in Wareham and have a wealth of expertise with short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected because of their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

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
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What experience do you have of claims in Wareham?

We are a national network of specialist personal injury solicitors that helps injured people in Wareham, Dorset and across the country, get the best possible compensation settlement.

In 2017, we have assisted hundreds of people in Dorset seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, from car accidents to workplace accidents.

Local medical appointments, home appointments (if necessary) and an expert team, mean that claiming compensation is as clear and straightforward as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

How to pick the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor

Finding the best legal expert to assist you is an important step towards claiming the highest compensation settlement for your accident.

With approximately 100 offices within 25 miles of Wareham, how can you make certain you choose the ideal law firm to handle your case?

Comparing Wareham personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from formal and traditional to more casual and friendly. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

The diversity in the amount of personal injury insurance premiums and success fees between different law firms working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is considerable.

To illustrate the point, the amount of financial compensation retained by a Claimant agreeing on a settlement of ?8,676 for a fractured index finger might vary from ?5,206 to ?7,375.

Further reading Compare solicitors

Will I need to instruct a local legal firm ?

The whereabouts of the solicitors office is not so relevant as injury cases are, as a matter of course, run by phone and email.

It is however necessary to go with a law firm that offers national medical coverage as you will usually need to attend a medical assessment.

See : Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

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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