When you suffer an injury, the first thing you’re probably going to be concerned with is getting well again, going through the treatment and recovery prescribed by your doctors and managing you family life with that recovery. Your first thoughts are unlikely to be about the law, however if your injury was someone else’s fault you will understandably feel you are due some sort of recompense, especially if the injury leaves you with unexpected bills or financial hardship.
One option is to seek this yourself and have the added stress of navigating all the legal processes. The other choice is to call on the services of a personal injury solicitor.
Visiting a Solicitor
For most of us, visiting a solicitor for advice is not a common occurrence. You can feel a little daunted by the prospect of sitting down with a personal injury solicitor and discussing your injury with them. It can seem like a big step, especially when you’re trying to get well at the same time. The good news is that personal injury solicitors are ordinary people – they just happen to have a law degree. Many discussions can take place over the phone, by email or the solicitor can also do a home visit.
Finding Out if You Have a Claim
The first thing you need to know is whether you have the basis for a claim in the first place. There may be a number of issues to consider. You might, for instance, believe you have to take some of the blame because you weren’t looking where you were going while walking down the street or you didn’t ask the right questions when someone was giving you a medical check-up.
You solicitor will be able to sit down with you, talk through the accident and ask all the right questions. They’ll reach a decision on whether you have a case for a claim or not based on their knowledge and experience. You might not even have an idea of whose fault the accident was but a good solicitor can examine the case and help you understand more fully what happened and who was to blame.
No win no fee advice
Many personal injury solicitors today work on a no win no fee basis. Not only does this mean you get the legal advice you need but it also ensures that a lawyer won’t take on your case without thinking there’s a realistic chance of winning.
Personal injuries vary from person to person, for some people they can be lifechanging, and care for the future needs to be taken into account. You may have to take time off work and recover and be unable to earn money, something that’s increasingly common in our growing gig economy. The chances are a specialist solicitor will have seen similar cases to yours and can gauge the amount of compensation you are likely to get as well as understand what additional care or treatment you may need to get better or provide support.
Companies or individuals that are at fault and many have caused your injury will often fight back and produce a counter argument, particularly if you are trying to prove the case on your own. A personal injury solicitor will fight your corner once they decide to take on your case and guide you through the whole process, giving you a better chance of winning your claim.
Many cases will be settled once the arguments have been presented and lawyers from both sides have looked at these and negotiated a deal. If a case isn’t resolved, it is likely to go to court. Then you’ll need a specialist solicitor who understands personal injury claims and who can present your case in front of a judge.
All through this process, the personal injury solicitor works for your best interest and they’re the most qualified person to help you navigate through the process of making a claim.