A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Weymouth or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert injury solicitors will handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a personal injury claim?

Updated: September 10, 2016

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and someone else owed you a duty of care, our expert solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

Qualifying for personal injury compensation

Claims for personal injury compensation must usually be made within a three-year window.

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses like RSI are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. The date you are informed of your diagnosis is what starts the three-year time limit in these cases.

To win a Weymouth personal injury case, your solicitor must demonstrate:

  • The Defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The Defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach
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Calculate your compensation

The financial compensation you are likely to get depends on a number of criteria. Our calculator gives you an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims in Weymouth

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of best of breed personal injury solicitors have vast experience in fighting for optimum general and special damages for anyone who has sustained an injury in a road accident in Weymouth.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in Weymouth are quite common. Government statistics reveal a total of 1269 accidents (1047 slight accidents, 199 serious accidents and 23 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Dorset local authority district. By 2014 accidents increased to 1,276. Incidents in the Weymouth region in 2013 included crashes on the B3157 and B3158 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the B3154 and B3158 junction.

Find out more: Road accident compensation

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Work accident claims in Weymouth

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted injured Claimants, from dental nurses to theatre set designers, to claim for their work related injuries. Work accident data for the West Dorset local authority are compiled in accordance with RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive in the table below:

Work accidents in West Dorset Local Authority HSE)2011/122012/132013/14
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

Find out more: No win, no fee work accident claims

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Other claims

Clinical and medical negligence in Weymouth

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term for when a person is injured as the result of the lack of care of a consultant or other health professional. Quittance's specialist solicitor panel can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

You can raise a formal complaint if you only want a better understanding of events rather than starting an injury claim. To make a complaint against Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can write to Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset.

Find out more: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury

Quittance's team recognise the critical change a compensation claim can make to seriously injured Claimants. By relieving the financial stress catastrophic and serious injury imposes on a Claimant and their family, a successful claim allows people to prioritise their rehabilitation.

Find out more: Serious injury compensation claims

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can help with claiming work related compensation for industrial illnesses that range from NIHL to vibration white finger.

Find out more: Industrial disease compensation claims

Slip and trip injuries

Recorded figures expose the fact that employee slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury in the Dorset workplace. They are frequently lead to accidents recorded in another category e.g. being hit by tools in use, a lifting injury or an exposure to fire (burn) accident. Public place cases for injuries like broken shoulders experienced on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with pavement trips having happened in the area.

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Weymouth No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Weymouth and throughout the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee personal injury claims.

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle all injury compensation claims in Weymouth, from more minor injury cases to long term illness. Selected for their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience handling claims on behalf of injured claimants.

Meet more of the Quittance team: click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor
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How much experience do you have of winning claims in Weymouth?

We are a national panel of specialist personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Weymouth, Dorset and throughout the country, get compensation.

Last year, we have assisted 100's of claimants in Dorset seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including building site accidents and motorbike pillion passenger accidents.

Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and expert advice, mean that making an injury claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Choosing the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer for your needs

Identifying the best lawyer for your case is your most important step towards negotiating the best settlement or award for your accident.

With over 75 offices within 25 miles of Weymouth (according the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2015), how can you make sure you select the best company to pursue compensation for you?

The variation in personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums charged by firms is quite surprising.

To illustrate the point, the amount of compensation retained by an injured person agreeing on a settlement of ?81,031 for deafness could conceivably vary from ?48,618 to ?68,876.

Read more at : How much compensation can you claim?

Weymouth personal injury solicitor reviews

Levels of service offered by lawyers, as with any service, can vary enormously.

Online reviews can certainly be revealing when considering which solicitor to act for you.

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Do you have to choose a lawyer in Weymouth?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

Usually, the only aspect that does require a local service 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 medical network.

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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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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