Christchurch Dorset Personal Injury Solicitors No Win No Fee Claims Guide
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 4th October 2021. Welcome to our Christchurch personal injury solicitors 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 been helping clients claim compensation for their personal injuries for many years.
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). Still, 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 claim 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. So please get in touch to chat with our personal injury solicitors covering Christchurch about claiming online.
What Is The Criteria For Making A Compensation Claim?
To win a Christchurch in Dorset accident claim, some basic checks 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 of 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 gather all 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
Suppose you’re trying to find the right Christchurch personal injury solicitors to take on your case. In that 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 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 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 claim that area. You can choose to use one anywhere in the UK, which gives you a much wider choice to pick from.
Suppose you consider that solicitors are dealing with personal injury claims usually only communicate with clients by either phone, email or letters in the post. In that case, the location of their office’s doesn’t matter.
However, we do ensure that if you require medical treatment or a medical assessment, 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. This is where it’s imperative to speak to our personal injury solicitors covering Christchurch about how to claim. You can see the table below for examples of what you may receive in compensation for different injuries.
|Brain injury||Very severe||£282,010 to £403,990||The award bracket is given as an estimate for victims who have suffered severe brain damage and are unresponsive. In what is referred to as a vegetable state.|
|Brain injury||Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||Losing feelings in limbs, mental disability, and or change in impersonality.|
|Brain injury||Less severe||£15,320 to £43,060||Head injuries that have not caused significant brain damage but still there maybe lasting effects.|
|Eye Injury||Total blindness||In the region of £268,720||Total blindness|
|Eye Injury||Loss of sight in one eye||£49,270 to £54,830||This amount of compensation is awarded with loss of sight in a single eye or very restricted vision in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£3,950 to £8,730||Problems with vision, pain in the eye or temporary vision loss in an eye.|
|Arm Injury||Loss of both arms||£240,790 to £300,000||Amputation of both full arms will receive the maximum award here. This compensation range also covers the amputation of one arm, or whether the amputation is to be the full or part of the arm. The restrictions this will have in the future are also taken into consideration.|
|Arm Injury||Permanent and substantial disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||If there is major restriction and disability in one or both arms and causes great pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less severe||£19,200 to £39,170||This amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/or disability on the arms but will recover.|
|Leg Injury||Loss of both legs||£240,790 to £282,010||Amputation of both or one leg will warrant this amount of compensation to be awarded. It will also be taken in to consideration if the leg is amputated above or below the knee.|
|Leg Injury||Less serious||Up to £27,760||Fracture, brake or soft tissue damage to the leg that has affected the muscle causing great pain and discomfort.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||Up to £148,330||Neck injuries can be very severe causing problems with movement in different areas of the body. An injury to the neck can cause pain in this area for a lengthy time.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate||Up to £38,490||Fractures to the neck, painful when moving, stiffness inability to use full movement of the neck will warrant this type of compensation.|
|Neck Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||These amounts of compensation are roughly the brackets for whiplash depending on how long it lasts, how painful it is and the long term prognosis.|
|Hand Injury||Loss of both hands||£140,660 to £201,490||This amount of compensation will cover, both hands or one hand amputation or if the hand becomes completely useless.|
|Hand Injury||Serious||£29,000 to £61,910||Likely to have seen a reduction in capacity by 50 per cent. Several fingers may have been amputated and re-joined, leaving a clawed or unsightly hand.|
|Elbow Injury||Severely disabling||£39,170 to £54,830||Complete restriction in movement of the elbow that has resulted in a disability or that has required surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or minor||Up to £12,590||Restriction in the movement of the arm due to injury of the elbow.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe||£47,620 to £59,860||No wrist function at all.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£38,780 to £69,730||Severe back injuries to the upper or lower part of the back, maybe causing paralysis or any issues relating to the organs within the lower part of the body.|
|Back Injury||Minor||Up to £12,510||Soft tissue, slipped disc, muscle pain would gain this amount of compensation.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£12,510 to £27,760||This amount of compensation may cover ligament or soft tissue to the back, constant pain and /or discomfort.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Severe||£59,860 to £100,670||Debilitating symptoms, impacting work life, social life, and relationships with family and friends. Prognosis for recovery is likely to be poor, with symptoms having some permanency.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Less severe||£3,950 to £8,180||Minor symptoms that resolve in full within a short space of time.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Very severe||£29,780 to £97,330||Scarring and facial disfigurement could warrant this amount of compensation. The severity will determine how much.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less severe||£17,960 to £48,420||These
compensation estimates cover brakes and fractures to the facial area such as the nose.
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less significant||£3,950 to £13,740||Compensation amounts for scarring. Please note women tend to receive larger payouts for scarring than men.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£26,190 to £43,460||Disability due to injury to the knee, severe damage to muscle, soft tissue and also muscle wastage.
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £26,190||Injury to the knee that is painful but will recover within time so the knee has a full normal working function.|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||Restriction in movement, limb numbness or paralysis due to injury in the shoulder and neck.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Tissue damage to neck that may last for quite a while which restricts movement in the arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||Soft tissue damage that will recover within the year or just over, that causes moderate pain.|
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 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 way 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) provides employers with policies and procedures that help them meet their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. 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. However, 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 three years 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. Contact us today to speak to our personal injury solicitors for Christchurch.
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. Still, they 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 somebody else’s negligence causes it, 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.
- 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 severe injury is usually 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 that 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. Suppose you’ve been injured in a car crash as either a driver, passenger or pedestrian, with the likes of whiplash being a consequence. In that case, Legal Expert’s personal injury solicitors for Christchurch can help if the other driver caused the accident.
Car crash claims can be made for accidents caused by illegal activities, such as drunk driving, drug driving, or death by dangerous driving. 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 defendant’s offer (responses include: accepting, refusing, countering or taking the case to court).
If a settlement is awarded, the final step 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, you pay your personal injury solicitors 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.
Gathering Strong Evidence
For your case to succeed, you need to build the strongest evidence possible in your favour. Why? Because without this evidence, it will be very hard to win your case. Indeed, you can only prove that the defendant is responsible for your injuries if you have appropriate evidence.
But what could this evidence consist of?
Well, to start, it helps to have any photographs of the scene and CCTV footage. If you can show the accident scene in a visual form, it will greatly enhance the credibility of your words. After all, some accidents may have few eyewitnesses and receive little public attention. Therefore, having pictures or videos of the situation will greatly benefit your chances of winning the case.
Alongside this, it would be useful to have any evidence of previous hazard warnings that such an event could occur. For instance, perhaps there was a loose floorboard that went unchecked by those operating a public property that you were hurt within.
And if you can prove that, then it could be argued that those in charge ignored the problem. Consequently, they breached their duty of care by not taking care of the problem. And as a result, the accident was preventable.
If you’re able to produce previous complaints about the issue from customers or staff, better still. These are some of the pieces of evidence that personal injury solicitors for Christchurch will require to help you win your case. Please get in touch with us today for further information.
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, please call our team as you must base your decision on the correct information that Legal Expert is happy to provide.
It is better to ask our expert advisors with 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 get in touch with 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
- Please send an email to email@example.com providing details of your accident, injuries and provide us with a convenient time to be called back.
- Fill in our simple online form to begin your compensation claim with our personal injury solicitors for Christchurch.
Additional services in this area
Following your accident in Christchurch, Dorset, several organisations, besides the Legal Expert team, 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.
Other Useful Compensation Guides
- Castlereagh Personal Injury Solicitors
- Ceredigion Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chatham Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chelmsford Personal Injury Solicitors
- Cheltenham Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chester Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chesterfield Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chippenham Personal Injury Solicitors
- Chorley Personal Injury Solicitors
- How Do I Receive Personal Injury Compensation?
- Can I Make A Compensation Claim For Soft Tissue Injuries?
Edited by Melissa.
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