Christchurch Dorset Personal Injury Solicitors No Win No Fee Claims Guide
Are you reading this guide because you have suffered a personal injury in Christchurch, Dorset following an accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, you’ve made it to the right site as Legal Expert are specialist personal injury solicitors who cover the Christchurch area and have for many years been helping clients claim compensation for their personal injuries.
This guide will explain how personal injury claims work, the common types of accidents that people claim for, how no win no fee works and, importantly, how you should choose the right solicitor to take on your case.
If you’re ready to begin a claim today, then our contact details can be found at the bottom of this article.
How Our Team Can Help You Claim Compensation
We understand how daunting any type of legal challenge can be including making a personal injury claim against somebody else (including your current employer) but you can rest assured that Legal Expert can help you with your claim, using a no win no fee service, and guide you through any complex or tricky areas with your claim.
There is plenty of legislation that is designed to protect individuals that have been injured and enable them to make a claim against the entity that was responsible for the accident, Legal Expert are professionals within this field who have years of experience and a knowledge base that reflects throughout the service offered.
What Is The Criteria For Making A Compensation Claim?
For you to win a Christchurch in Dorset accident claim there are some basic checks that must be proven. These are the questions that will determine if you have a chance of success…
- That the defendant in the case owed you a duty of care.
- That they went on to breach that duty of care in some way.
- That the breach was the reason that you were injured or became ill.
Whichever personal injury lawyer you choose, they stand a better chance in succeeding if you begin your claim as early as possible following the accident occurring as they will have the time to gather the evidence required to back up your claims.
What You Need To Know Before Making A Personal Injury Claim
Choosing the right solicitor to deal with your case can make all of the difference between winning or losing your case. It’s therefore essential that you choose the right one.
A competent personal injury lawyer will know what’s required, and what isn’t, to make a claim successful and will gather all of the relevant information to prove your claim. Being able to demonstrate the exact nature of your injuries and their impact is key because compensation payments are scaled based on the severity of the injury and most defendant’s solicitors will try to prove that an injury is lower down the scale if the evidence is not there to demonstrate the true level of injury.
Personal Injury Lawyer Reviews
If you’re trying to find the right personal injury lawyer to take on your case you may think it’s just a matter of picking up the phone and speaking with one to see what they offer but, before you take that step, we recommend that you take a look at a very useful free resource – solicitor reviews.
Reviews give a great insight into how many cases a solicitor has won recently, the level of customer satisfaction and can also indicate if the clients are happy with the amount of compensation they received.
Your Solicitor Can Be Based Anywhere In The UK
You do not need to use a personal injury solicitor in Christchurch, Dorset to make a claim in that area. In fact, you can choose to use one anywhere in the UK which gives you a much wider choice to pick from.
If you consider that solicitors, dealing with personal injury claims, usually only communicate with clients by either phone, email or letters in the post then the location of their office’s really doesn’t matter.
We do however ensure that if you require medical treatment or a medical assessment that it happens locally at one of our approved sites either in Christchurch or as close as possible. These are as follows;
17 Stour Road
17 Stour Road
Personal Injury Claims Our Team Conduct Across The Country
There is no limit to the type of personal injury claims that we can take on so long as the accident was caused by somebody else who owed you a duty of care and due to this you became injured or suffered an illness. Here are a sample of the most common types of claims we see:
Can I make an industrial disease claim?
A claim for an industrial illness or disease is an example of where a victim is not aware that they have suffered an illness due to the negligence of others straight away, may be not till years late. You may not even work for the employer that you’re claiming against any longer but, so long as a doctor has only recently diagnosed the condition, then we can help you to make a claim.
Industrial diseases such as: Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS); Industrial Asthma (and other respiratory disorders); Acoustic Shock; Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI); and Mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure can all be claimed for if the employer was liable.
Can I make a medical negligence claim?
Medical negligence claims can be very complex cases to prepare for and using a specialist claims solicitor, like Legal Expert, is essential. We can help with medical and clinical negligence claims including the following:
- Late or delayed treatment
- Misdiagnosis of a condition
- Delayed diagnosis
- Injuries sustained during treatment
- Infections contracted during treatment
- Incorrect treatment or prescriptions
Medical negligence solicitors will have to prove that the health authority owed the patient a duty of care, in the same was as other injury claims, and that they breached it. If that is the case in your claim, then please get in touch with one of our experts today to begin your claim.
Accident at work claims in Christchurch, Dorset
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provide employers with policies and procedures that help employers meet their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 so that staff aren’t injured while completing their tasks. They also provide advice and suggest the types of training staff should be offered in different industries.
With all of that support accidents at work should be minimal but they do still happen and, if you’ve been injured at work in Christchurch, then Legal Expert will happily assess your accident and injuries and determine if your employer breached their duty of care and could’ve prevented your accident from happening.
Bournemouth area accident at work statistics
This table shows all of the accidents reported to the HSE over a 3-year period in the Bournemouth area:
|Accidents report at work in the Bournemouth (including Christchurch) local authority area||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Accidents involving machinery||3||3||2|
|Accidents involving Fire (burns)||1||0||0|
|Harmful substance exposure||8||0||2|
|Falling from heights||13||10||13|
|Animal-related injuries, such as dog bites||1||1||0|
|Manual handling related injuries||80||43||46|
|Physical assaults and attacks||20||13||10|
|Slip, trip or fall accidents||78||54||60|
|Struck by an object||12||5||1|
|Hit by a vehicle||5||0||2|
|Struck by a falling object||30||13||13|
|Trapped by something||0||2||1|
These statistics aren’t specifically for Christchurch but the broader Bournemouth area.
Can I make a slip or fall injury claim?
As you’ll see from the workplace accident statistics (above), slip and trip accidents are common accidents at work but can also happen just about anywhere else including: hospitals, schools, shops, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, pubs and even walking along a high street.
Wherever a slip or trip happens, if it is caused by somebody else’s negligence then a claim could be made against them.
Examples of liability include:
- Where the ground that you slipped or tripped on is uneven or damaged such as a broken paving slab, missing floor tiles or ripped carpets or rugs.
- Where the floor is excessively slippery or wet and no warning signs are used to advise of this.
- Where poor lighting or broken lighting means it is hard to see a trip hazard.
- Or where a handrail or support is damaged.
Can I make a serious injury claim?
Accidents are all graded when claiming compensation from minor to serious (or severe) and the grade of the injury, when proven, determines the amount of compensation paid out.
A serious or severe injury is usually one that is life-changing and can include injuries like loss of a limb, paralysis, blindness or brain damage.
This is a big subject to cover here so you can read more in our guide about serious injuries here.
Road traffic accident claims in Christchurch
Road traffic accidents in Christchurch are another common type of accident claim that personal injury solicitors deal with. If you’ve been injured in a car crash as either a driver, passenger or pedestrian then Legal Expert can help if the accident was caused by the other driver.
Car crash claims can be made for accidents caused by illegal activities too such as drink-driving, drug-driving or death by dangerous driving and we can even make a compensation claim for car accidents where the other driver has no insurance.
Reported car crash and road accident casualty statistics
The following table details all of the most serious road traffic accidents including those involving fatalities. It contains the statistics for Christchurch as well as the rest of Dorset:
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the largest group of serious and fatal road traffic accidents in this area were car occupants followed by motorcyclists.
Make A No Win No Fee Claim With Us
If you’re wondering what’s included in a no win no fee claim, then the simple answer is everything that would be included in a conventional claim. There are no corners cut simply because you’re using our no win no fee service.
Your claim includes:
- An initial consultation to understand your accident, injuries and the impact on you.
- Technical, legal and medical assessment of your claim to ensure it has a good chance of success.
- Preparation of a no win no fee agreement (explaining how much you’ll pay if we win the case).
- Collection of supporting evidence.
- Contacting the defendant and asking for a specific amount of compensation and explaining why.
- Assessing and responding to the defendants offer (responses include: accepting, refusing, countering or taking the case to court).
The final step, if a settlement is awarded, is to send the compensation to the client after deducting our agreed fee.
What is a no win no fee claim?
If you use our no win no fee agreement for your accident in Christchurch and we’re unsuccessful then you don’t need to pay us for our services or time, there will be nothing for you to pay.
However, if we’re successful then you pay us the agreed percentage of your compensation. This is collected by us deducting our fees from your compensation and sending you the remaining funds. This is the easiest way of paying for our service as you don’t have to find the funds or make any physical payment to us.
What Else Do I Need To Know Before Making A Claim?
You may still have queries that need answering before beginning your claim and you can find a lot of answers from one of our many guides
. If you’ve still got questions, then please call our team as it’s important that you base your decision on the correct information which Legal Expert are happy to provide.
It is better to ask our expert advisors who’ve got years of experience with personal injury claims rather than guessing or being provided with incorrect information. We are more than happy to help you to determine your next course of action.
How to contact us
If, now that you’ve read this guide, you’re ready to make a compensation claim and would like to use Legal Expert’s no win no fee service then please contact us today using one of the following methods:
- Call us for free on 0800 073 8804
- Use Live Chat from any page of our website
- Send an email to email@example.com providing details of your accident, injuries and provide us with convenient time to be called back
- Fill in our simple online form to begin your compensation claim.
Additional services in this area
Following your accident in Christchurch, Dorset, there are a number of organisations, besides the team at Legal Expert, that you may need to contact (such as the court, police or local hospital). We’ve listed their contact details here for your convenience:
Local Police Station
Dorset Police NPT Office
Local Crown Court
Courts of Justice
Tel: 01202 502800
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
Tel: 01202 486361
Finally, here are some other guides from our site which you may find useful when deciding how to proceed with your accident claim:
Calculating Compensation Amounts – a useful guide that details the ranges of compensation payments for different types of injuries (indications only).
Personal Injury Claims – a more detailed, step by step, guide about the entire personal injury claims process.
Edited by Melissa.