Compensation Solicitor -
Compensation solicitors have a well-earned reputation
of being aloof. Their offices are like something out of
the Victorian era. They're professionals who don't like
outsiders telling them how to run their private little
clubs, called "Firms". All in all, they may even have
a horrible reputation. So, what should you expect when
you first meet a personal injury solicitor?
Unlike the Dickensian movies you may have seen, accident
solicitors these days like to work out of offices
that are spacious and open-plan. Like banks, they hope
to give visitors the feeling of being friendly and comfortable.
More often than not, you'll be met by a receptionist,
but it is also likely that as soon as the solicitor knows
you have arrived they will come and greet you and walk
you through to their offices or a meeting room depending
how packed their rooms are with files.
Having enter the room, it is likely that the first thing
the compensation solicitor will ask you to do
is to tell them all about what happened. It is at this
time, the notes you wrote following the accident will
come in handy as you can use these to tell the solicitor
all about the accident.
If possible, you should also hand over any photographs
you took at the scene of the accident and a copy of your
medical report, if you have one. Don't be overly concerned
if the accident solicitor doesn't say too much at this
time and don't worry if you see them taking notes from
time to time. They only do this to jog their memories
of facts they may want to ask you more about later or
use against the other party.
Frequently your personal
injury solicitor will hear your story before they
ask you any questions. Once you have completed your story
they will then ask some questions that they feel are central
to whether or not you'll win your case. When answering
these questions you need to be as honest as you can
after all, if you mislead the accident solicitor you are
really only misleading yourself. Waste his time, and you
are wasting your own.
Agreeing To Act For You
So long as your story and your answers to his questions
give the solicitor grounds to believe you have a claim,
he'll likely agree to act as your compensation solicitor.
In that case you should expect the following things to
• If you have not already had a medical examination
by this point, the solicitor will then arrange for you
to have one.
• The solicitor will arrange for you to sign an
engagement letter authorising you to retain his/her services.
• The solicitor will likely ask you to sign a power
of attorney authorising him/her to have access to certain
information relating to the case; such as your medical
records and the status of your insurance claim;
• In the engagement letter you sign, the solicitor
will likely have a clause that says he can act as your
represented solicitor in any discussions with the insurance
company or the insurance loss adjuster.
• The solicitor will ask if you have spoken to
the insurance company and will then ask you not to talk
to them directly any more but to direct any queries to
What Happens If The Accident Solicitor Doesn't
Agree To Act For You?
In certain circumstances, having heard your story the
personal injury solicitor may tell you that they
cannot act for you in this matter. Now, there may be a
number of reasons for this.
It may be the case that they do not think you'll win
the case. Just as likely, it could be the case that having
heard your story they have become aware of a conflict
of interest and realise they cannot, professionally and
ethically, act for you.
Whatever the case, if the solicitor tells you that they
cannot act for you, you should ask them if they can recommend
to you an accident claim solicitor who can help you. In
most cases they'll be very happy to give you the name
of an accident compensation solicitor they believe
will be happy to represent you.
Don't be misled into thinking that everything has to
be one way. If you are not too sure whether you want to
retain the services of the accident solicitor for your
compensation claim you should feel free to ask questions
Good questions you may want to ask are what areas of
law they specialise in (to make sure that they specialise,
or at least know, the area of law that is going to affect
your case) and how many similar cases they have won in
the past (so you get some idea about their track record!).
Whatever you do, do not be afraid or overawed by being
in the presence of an accident claim solicitor
they're only human after all!
So do you really need to see them?
Not really, as you can cut out the journey, which practically
saves you a lot of time and energy. Today, to be efficient,
everything is done either on the phone or over the net,
except for the obvious court attendance. Not virtual yet,
but could be in the future!
It's easy to make a personal
injury claim, with a quality compensation
solicitor, if you ask! The 12 'Revolutions'
were created to put all your compensation in your
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