Have you suffered an injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Have you had to take time off work to recover from your injuries? Have you needed to pay for medication or treatment? If so, you may be considering making a claim for compensation from person who caused accident. How will you decide which solicitor to use to represent your claim?
Deciding which personal injury solicitor to use is a vital decision which should not be taken without careful consideration. Your choice of solicitor will determine how much compensation you will receive, standard of any treatment organised and how efficiently your claim is dealt with.
To help you make right decision we have compiled ten most important questions to ask when choosing a personal injury solicitor to deal with your claim:
1.Are you a member of The Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel? The Law Society of England and Wales is professional body for solicitors and sets standards for entire industry. To become a member of society’s Personal Injury Panel solicitors must meet strict requirements and are independently assessed on an annual basis.
2.Are you accredited by Chambers UK Guide To The Legal Profession? This guide is widely regarded as leading source of UK’s top personal injury solicitors and barristers. This guide is unlike any other, as solicitors are only included when recommended by market. No-one can buy their way into rankings.
3.How many years experience do you have in personal injury claims? Experience is important in any profession, but it is particularly case with legal profession. Personal injury solicitors who have dealt with claims for a long period of time generally have a more thorough understanding of law and legal process. They will have more experience in dealing with different types of claims and should have a good success rate, which will have big influence on outcome of your claim.
4.Do I have to pay any fees? Most solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis – which means your solicitor will take on your case on agreement that if you lose, they will not get paid. However if your claim is unsuccessful, you may still have to pay your opponent’s legal fees and your other expenses. Therefore you should choose a solicitor that offers a completely no cost service which doesn’t require you to pay any fees and protects you fully from all costs.